Holidays to Rotterdam
Book flights to Rotterdam with the lastminute.com this year and let the experts show you an authentic piece of Europe for great prices. Rotterdam is a popular Dutch holiday destination, but is often overlooked because it’s so close to the more tourist-driven city of Amsterdam - 40 minutes by train. Rotterdam itself provides a much more realistic view of life for Dutch people, with plenty to see and do. Like much of Europe, and especially the Netherlands, it’s easy to enjoy the delicately made buildings from the urban streets.
Cyclists are well catered to in Rotterdam, so renting bikes can be a great way to see the city and get around. You will find regular spots to secure your bike if you want to get off and investigate the sights and sounds more closely on foot.
Rotterdam is a city jam-packed with culture to soak up. If you feel like taking a walk around the picturesque Dutch town you’ll find yourself amongst such impressive sights as the Erasmus bridge, Euromast and De Rotterdam - an impressive piece of modern architecture that seems to defy gravity. The city itself is refreshingly modern, most of the buildings popping up since the end of World War II.
If you’re interested in history, why not check out the Wereld Museum. The museum is home to art from all over the world, with permanent exhibits portraying the city of Rotterdam itself in an interesting and slightly different light. Like much of the modern city, the museum was renovated recently and boasts some great places to stop for a coffee and a chat.
Amongst the new buildings the protestant church of Sint Laurenskerk stands out as something a little older. The church itself managed to survive through thick and thin, now the only piece of medieval architecture in the city. From the outside, the building is worth seeing and inside it still functions as a centre for the community.
Rotterdam holidays are a great way to learn more about the history of Europe, and especially the war. One famous landmark in Rotterdam is the statue “Rotterdam destroyed” which pays tribute to those lost in the German bombing of the city.
For a livelier day out, and something for the kids, Rotterdam is host to plenty of family friendly attractions. The Rotterdam Zoo can be a nice way to spend an afternoon, as well as the theme park Plaswijckpark, ideal for younger children. Rotterdam also contains the Stadium Feijenoord, home to a Dutch premiership football team and regular host to the national side.
The city of Rotterdam might live in the shadow of Amsterdam at times, but with so much to do it makes for an ideal holiday destination via lastminute.com.