I have never had a holiday this close to home. But it was surprisingly fun! Sleeping in a hotel just feels so much better than sleeping in your own house. My 48-hours-mini break felt like a lovely holiday. Want to know where I was? On a city trip to Rotterdam, just 30 km away from my home town The Hague.
During World War 2 large parts of the city were ruined by bombings. The town had to be rebuilt and that is still clearly visible by the exciting mixture of pre and post war architecture. From the old harbour and its warehouses, to the modern shopping streets and shiny skyscrapers. Some fine examples of the large range of post war architecture are the Rotterdam Central Station, The Cubic houses on Blaak, the high-rises on the Kop van Zuid, The Erasmus bridge and the Markthal. Did you know that both the New York Times and the Rough Guide lists Rotterdam in the top 10 of cities you must visit? I will share my 8 favorite spots with you.
#Room with a view | City trip Rotterdam
Rotterdam is also referred to as “Manhattan aan de Maas” so a room with a view is must-have. On the website of Weekendjeweg.nl I found the 4 star Inntel designhotel.
A nice touch is that your reservation always is upgraded in one way or another. We were surprised with a room upgrade and a Champagne breakfast. The city is even more beautiful from the 12th floor, and the view of the water and the illuminated Erasmus Bridge is spectacular. The beds are so comfortable that it was a hard decision to get out in the morning, although my travel companion might have had something to do with that…
When we finally do decide to get up, we discover that the hotel is perfectly located. With its location at the Leuvehaven and at the foot of the Erasmus bridge the Witte de With street, the old harbour, the city centre, metro station and water taxi are all within walking distance.
#Watertaxi | Citytrip Rotterdam
A boat ride is something that can’t be missed when visiting one of the biggest ports in the world. A romantic way to do this is the water taxi. The lovely old boats depart from the Veerhaven and the Leuvehaven.
#Markthal | Citytrip Rotterdam
The Markthal is the latest addition to the city. This modern covered market can be found on Blaak. You can buy your daily groceries or enjoy a nice meal in one of the many restaurants. A nice place to pay a short visit, but in my opinion hardly authentic and a bit of a tourist trap.
#Witte de Withstraat en Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen | Citytrip Rotterdam
In the artistic Witte de With street and the streets surrounding it, you will find fashion shops, a cinema, art galleries, hip coffee bars, restaurants and café terraces. Have a look at Bazar, drink a good cup of coffee at NRCafe and go to Ter Marsch & co for the best burger of the country. At the end of the street you will find Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen with an awesome art collection from the dark ages and with classics from Dali and Van Gogh and modern art.
#Uiteten bij Restaurant Hotel New York | Citytrip Rotterdam
Restaurant Hotel New York is located in the beautiful former headquarters of the Holland America Line. This is the place where thousands of immigrants left for a better life in North America. The nostalgia can be found everywhere from the wrought iron hotel staircase, the many suitcases and photographs of immigrants to the offices from the former executives of the Holland America Line. This place is always busy and the menu offers a wide variety of meals, from croquette to lobster.
#Cocktails bij Nhow | Citytrip Rotterdam
Put on your best dress and high heels because this place is hip. The hotel bar of the Nhow hotel is not very big, but this just adds to its exclusive feeling. The interior is minimalistic and the view over the Rotterdam skyline is spectacular. The bartenders will shake the best cocktails and the DJ plays some sweet tunes. It is not a surprise that Nhow won the best hotel bar award in 2014. The Nhow hotel is within 5 walking minutes of Hotel New York and is the perfect ending of your evening.
#Fenix Food Factory | Citytrip Rotterdam
At the opposite side of de Kop van Zuid you will find the once dodgy, but now hip and happening Katendrecht. At the quay in an old warehouse the Fenix Food Factory is located. A group of young entrepreneurs sell vintage furniture, fashion and food. The atmosphere is lovely and I highly recommend ordering an artisanal lunch platter. You will receive a platter and a voucher with which you can pick up a specialty in all of the different foodstands. In the end your platter will be generously filled. Add a bit of sunshine and a locally brewed beer and enjoy.
#Swan Market | Citytrip Rotterdam
I always get happy and greedy at the Swan Market. A few times per year the museumpark is filled with stands. I love this kind of market! It is more like a small festival and a good place to hang around. We are in luck because it is a beautiful spring day. There are loads of good food and drinks, there is live music and the stands sell fashion, vintage, handmade jewellery, organic produce, art and home decorations.
To which dutch city would you like to go on a citytrip?