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Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam Skyline


Rotterdam is one of Europe's busiest ports and features modern, post war architecture.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships dock at Rotterdam Cruise Terminal by the old Holland America headquarters on the south end of Erasmusbrug bridge. Wilhelminaplein metro station is nearby. Shuttles may be provided to get you to the city center dropping off in front of City Hall on Coolsingel. Terminal info and cruise schedule - http://www.cruiseportrotterdam.com/

Cruise Ship Docked in Rotterdam

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Money and Tipping

Netherlands' currency is the Euro (EUR). In Europe, it is common to round up the bill to leave a small tip (5-10%).

Local Transportation

Rotterdam is small and easily walkable. You can take the metro to see sites further out or the train to visit Amsterdam. Metro fares are €3.50 (2 hours by bus, tram and metro), €2.50 (travel 1 hour by bus and tram), €5 (2 journey by metro), or €7 for a day pass (fares Dec 2011). http://www.ret.nl

Getting to Amsterdam

Trains to Amsterdam run frequently from Rotterdam Centraal to Amsterdam Centraal and the journey takes between 45 minutes to over an hour depending on the stops along the way. Fare is €13.40 one way (Dec 2011). Check schedules here http://www.ns.nl/


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  • Walking Tour - Take a self-guided walking tour to see Rotterdam's modern skyline including the cube houses. Roaming Rotterdam guide here https://en.rotterdam.info/visitors-info/roaming-rotterdam/
  • Delfshaven - this old canal district is a slice of Amsterdam in Rotterdam and has a windmill. Metro Delfshaven.
  • Kinderdijk Windmills - This area approx 15km east of the city has 19 original windmills. Can be reached by waterbus from Rotterdam which has a stop directly across the river from the cruise terminal on the north end of the bridge. https://www.waterbus.nl/ https://www.kinderdijk.com/

Shopping & Restaurants

There is a pedestrian shopping street on Lijnbaan and large outdoor mall on Hoogstrat. A market sets up on Tuesdays and weekends on the eastern end of Hoogstrat. Chinatown is located just south of the railway station. Market hall is a modern market constructed in a massive arch opened in 2014.


Restaurants and cafes may have free wifi.

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Rotterdam Weather Forecast


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