rotterdam bucketlist


Rotterdam bucketlist: 24 things you’ll want to do at least once in your lifetime

13 January 2024

The Rotterdam Bucketlist. A list full of to-dos that every Rotterdammer and visitor should experience in their lifetime when it comes to Rotterdam! From well-known to lesser-known attractions, things you can always do, to once-a-year activities. This bucket list features plenty of fun activities to ensure you have something to check off every week. This is the ultimate bucketlist of Rotterdam. Which things have you already checked off, and which ones are you planning to do soon?

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Euromast: For the most beautiful (panoramic) view of the city, you definitely want to pay a visit to the Euromast. At 185 meters, the Euromast is the tallest building in the Netherlands, you got a promising stunning view!
Parkhaven 20, Rotterdam –


☐ Abseiling from the Euromast: Do you want more than just admiring the view from above? Are you ready for an extra thrill? You can also abseil from the Euromast. How cool is that?
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☐ Witte de Withstraat: Take a seat at one of the many cosy terraces of the restaurants or cafés. It’s always bustling on Witte de Withstraat.

☐ Blijdorp: Every major city has a zoo. Blijdorp Zoo is definitely a must-visit on our Rotterdam bucket list.
Blijdorplaan 8, Rotterdam –

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☐ Splashtour: How fun is this! A tour through the city and over the water around Rotterdam.

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Cube Houses: You’ve probably come across them on Instagram – the yellow cube houses designed by architect Piet Blom. These tilted cube houses are located right in the heart of Rotterdam. Want to take a look inside? You can!
Overblaak 70, Rotterdam –

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kubuswoningen, Rotterdam

Things that should be on the Rotterdam Bucket List

☐ The Erasmusbrug: This bridge is hard to miss when visiting Rotterdam. The Erasmus Bridge, also known as “the Swan” due to its shape, is located at the Kop van Zuid.
Erasmusbrug, Rotterdam

The White House (het Witte Huis)It’s hard to imagine, but once upon a time, the White House of Rotterdam (with a height of 43 meters) was the tallest building in Europe! Now you can enjoy delicious food and drinks here all day long.
Geldersekade 1, Rotterdam –

Spend the night at WikkelBoat: Spend the night in a tiny house on the water. The boat includes a spa and barbecue. Perfect for summer!

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RIB- boat sailing on the ‘Maas’For a bit of action on the water, this is the best activity to do.

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Visit the Marine Museum: The Marine Museum is a Dutch military museum where you can learn all about the history of the Dutch Marine Corps and much more.
Wijnhaven 7, Rotterdam

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The Markthal: Are you a true foodie? Then this is definitely a place you’ll want to visit. With plenty of food stalls, there’s always something delicious to taste.
Verlengde Nieuwstraat, Rotterdam –

Old Port of RotterdamRotterdam’s old port is the perfect summer hotspot for terrace lounging. Sit down at one of the many terraces and enjoy the view of Rotterdam’s old port.

☐ Kralingse forest: The perfect base for a stroll, a picnic, and to admire Rotterdam’s skyline.

Mini World Rotterdam: Pay a visit to the largest indoor miniature world in the Benelux.
Weena, Rotterdam

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Markthal, Rotterdam

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Hotel New YorkPerhaps one of Rotterdam’s most beautiful buildings. Did you know that this used to be the headquarters of the Holland-America Line? Nowadays, it’s a great place to stay, dine fine, and enjoy various summer events on the terrace.
Koninginnenhoofd 1, Rotterdam –

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NHow HotelAt the NHow hotel Rotterdam, you’ll have one of the most beautiful views over the city. Have a drink at the restaurant to enjoy the view.
Wilhelminakade 137, Rotterdam –

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Van Nelle FabriekThe Van Nelle Factory is the first industrial building in the Netherlands and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. Throughout the year, various events take place, and you can freely visit the building.
Van Nelleweg 1, Rotterdam-

☐ Centraal Station: The Central Station is another beautiful building that reflects Rotterdam’s modern architecture. Due to its abundant glass and unique triangular shape, it’s definitely worth a visit.

De Luchtsingel: This bright yellow bridge, spanning 390 meters long, connects the centre of Rotterdam with Rotterdam North.

☐ Fenix Food FactoryA true food paradise. From tasting dishes to shopping at local vendors, Fenix Food Factory is a culinary place that you really have to visit.
Nico Koomanskade, Rotterdam-

SS RotterdamEver wanted to see the inside of the SS Rotterdam? Have a look at the former flagship of the Holland-America Line.
Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, Rotterdam –

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Depot Boijmans van Beuningen: The Depot’s doors have been open for a while, but just the exterior is worth a visit. Check out the gigantic Depot made with a mirrored wall and explore the storage inside.
Museumpark 24, Rotterdam –

Harbour Cruise The most famous cruise in Rotterdam is the harbour cruise. During this cruise, you’ll sail along the harbour, Hotel New York, and the Euromast.

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© Depot Boijmans van Beuningen. Foto: Ossip van Duivenbode

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