Top Tourist attractions in Rotterdam
Great St Lawrence Church (Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk)
This is one of the few remaining medieval building, most were destroyed during WWII. Visitors may well notice its on a slight lean. This is because it was built on once marshy ground. The interior of the church is beautiful with a brightness that’s heightened by the coloured glass in the windows. This church is most famous for its three Danish organs.
This attraction is actually 23 kilometres east of Rotterdam but is well worth a visit. It’s one of the most visited places in the Netherlands, with visitors flocking to see the 19 perfectly preserved 18th-century windmills. Each of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Cube Houses
There are many fine examples of modern architecture in Rotterdam, but one that stands out for pushing the architectural envelope to the max are the famous Cube Houses. This is a block of houses with cube-shaped upper stories. One is open to the public and contains displays regarding the design and history of the building.
This is the best way to discover the city of Rotterdam on land and in the water. The tour starts off in a coach that rides on land and then takes you on a voyage on the water. One minute you’re driving through the Rotterdam city centre and the next you’ll find yourself sailing on the Meuse among other ships.
Museum Bojimans Van Beuningen
This is one of the Netherlands most important art establishments. It is well-known around the world for its collection of paintings, sculptures and applied and decorative arts. Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rembrandt, Rubens, Money, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse are all well represented.
This is one of Rotterdam’s most distinctive landmarks. It lies at the north entrance to the Mass tunnel and was erected in 1960. it is 185 metres high and has two restaurants near the top with stunning views over Rotterdam. For those wanting a little more excitement than just the view, it’s also possible to absail down the building. If you want some extra special accommodation for your stay while you’re watching the World Rowing Championship there are two stunning suites located at the 100 metre point.
Diergaarde Blijdorp: The Royal Zoo
This is one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands and is well known for its successful breeding programs. The highlights of a visit must be the young elephants, the red panda and the Asian section with a swamp forest containing exotic birds. There’s also a Mongolian steppe, a bat cave, a Chinese garden and an Oceanium.