Rotterdam attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in Westen

Van Nelle Fabriek

Designed and built between 1925 and 1931, this modernist World Heritage–listed factory northwest of the city centre is an icon of 20th-century industrial architecture. Often described as a 'glass palace' (it's large…
Top Choice Museum in Centrum

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

The roll-call of artists represented in the collection of Rotterdam's pre-eminent fine-arts museum is stellar and spans multiple periods and movements: Rubens, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, Degas, Miró…
Top Choice Architecture in Centrum

Huis Sonneveld

When company director Albertus Sonneveld decided to commission an architect to design a contemporary home for his family, the obvious choice was Leendert van der Vlugt, who had designed the magnificent Van Nelle Fac…
Top Choice Museum in Westen

Museum Rotterdam '40-'45 NU

Good things often come in small packages, and so it is with this small but excellent museum sheltered under a bridge on the Coolhaven. An eight-minute immersive multimedia experience outlines the terror and destruct…
Top Choice Notable Building in Centrum

Markthal

One of the city's signature buildings, this extraordinary inverted-U-shaped market hall was designed by local architecture firm MVRDV and opened for business in 2014. It comprises highly sought-after glass-walled ap…
Gallery in Centrum

Kunsthal

This dynamic cultural institution in Rotterdam's main museum enclave is known for its constantly changing and inevitably thought-provoking exhibition program. There are always at least three exhibitions to visit – f…
Museum in Rotterdam

National Jenevermuseum Schiedam

Housed in an 18th-century distillery, this museum is dedicated to the industry that Schiedam is best known for: production of the traditional Dutch gin known as jenever. In 1850, when the industry was at its height,…
Museum in Centrum

Het Nieuwe Instituut

This design-driven cultural hub houses the Netherlands Architecture Institute, e-culture institute Virtueel Platform and the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion. Architect Jo Coenen beat high-profile compet…
Museum in Centrum

Maritiem Museum Rotterdam

Children adore this museum overlooking Leuvehaven, whose permanent exhibits are emphatically kid-focused. The best of these is the 'Offshore Experience', which investigates day-to-day operations on North Sea oil and…
Windmill in Rotterdam

Korenmolen de Walvisch

One of the highest windmills in the world, the 'Mill of the Whale' dates from 1794 and was rebuilt in 1996 after a fire. Built to grind malt for the gin industry, it now functions as a museum, with exhibits explaini…