Since Rotterdam is really different from other cities in the Netherlands, it’s one of the best day trips to Amsterdam. There is sleek, state-of-the-art architecture on every corner, vibrant restaurants and cafés, busy markets and colourful street art. All this, and more, has led to Rotterdam being named Europe’s new ‘cool city’.


There are plenty of food stalls and restaurants inside this 40-metre-high horseshoe-shaped market space. The immense glass facade on both sides holds the cold out and, thus, can even be visited in the winter. Fruits, vegetables and flowers sold on the market are seen as an artwork on the Markthal ceiling.


Rotterdam is one of the best cities in Europe for shopping, especially if you’re into vintage trends. Some of our favorite shops:

  • Sweet Rebels
  • Episode
  • Margootje Vintage

Street Art Route

Discover the modern art of Rotterdam in this unforgettable area.

Cube houses

Houses leaning against each other at a 45-degree angle, floating across the street in the city centre. This unusual presence, called the Yellow Cube Houses (Kubeswoningen), is the oldest (1977) and thus the most emblematic thing to do in Rotterdam.


If you want to spend some time at the beach, you can take a taxi or the metro to Hoek van Holland, Ouddorp, or the Brouwersdam.

How to get there - Amsterdam to Rotterdam

Getting to Rotterdam from Amsterdam is pretty easy: a 30-minute high-speed train from the Airport or Amsterdam Central will take you to Rotterdam in an easy and fast way.