Rotterdam Top 5 Reasons to Visit

Vibrant, cool, eclectic, exciting, dynamic, evolving, fun, inspiring – and on the doorstep of Amsterdam – enough of the adjectives. Here are the top 5 reasons why YOU should visit the city of Rotterdam pronto.

Erasmus bridge Rotterdam - architecture at its best

1. Cool architecture

Flattened by bombs in the second world war, Rotterdam has transformed itself into a truly modern city – with spectacular architecture. Visitors marvel at the Erasmus Bridge, spanning the Maas river but the jewel in the crown is currently Rotterdam’s glittering Markthallen, a visual feast for both your eyes and tummy.

Markthallen Rotterdam

You’ve probably heard of Rotterdam’s cube houses (Kubuswoningen in Dutch), designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of “living as an urban roof”. By tilting the cube of a conventional house by 45 degrees, and resting it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon, Blom’s design represents a village, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together become a forest. The cube houses, can be viewed from the outside in Rotterdam’s Blaak street. But there is also a furnished show-cube, which gives visitors the opportunity to imagine what it must be like to live in one of these unique creations.

Top 5 reasons to visit Rotterdam - Cube Houses
Rotterdam’s Cube Houses

2. UNESCO World Heritage site – Van Nellefabriek

On UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Rotterdam’s Van Nellefabriek was erected around 1920 as a coffee, tea and tobacco factory and was far ahead of its era in terms of its shape and the materials used. The construction had a huge impact on the development of modern architecture in Europe due to the light, air and space in the building. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee added this unique building to its list of internationally protected sites in 2014.

The van Nellefabriek is a top 5 reason to visit Rotterdam

3. North Sea Jazz Festival

If you are a music fan – especially a jazz music fan – and have not visited the North Sea Jazz festival then you really are missing out. Every year in July, Rotterdam’s Ahoy event centre, is transformed into a mecca for music lovers from all over the world. Rub shoulders with the best jazz musicians and fans from all over the world, in the most relaxed and low-key  setting imaginable. See our top tips for visitor’s to Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz festival.