Van Nelle Fabriek Included on the World Heritage List, this 1930s factory is a modernist tour de force.

De Rotterdam Rem Koolhaas' vertical city on Kop van Zuid (South Bank) illustrates the star architect's genius.

Centraal Station Used and admired by locals every day, this is what successful architecture looks like.

Markthal Local architecture firm MVRDV will find it hard to top their achievement here. A triumph.

Huis Sonneveld Featuring state-of-the-art design when it was built in 1933, and still super-impressive.

Overblaak Development The city's crazy yellow cube houses are one of its most photographed sights.

Timmerhuis Resembling a silvery-white cloud, this OMA-designed multipurpose building touches the ground lightly.

Café De Unie A recreation of JJP Oud's 1924 De Stijl–style building.


Museum Boijmans van Beuningen The exceptional collection here includes paintings by Van Eyck, Bosch, Brueghel, Rubens, Rembrandt, Monet and Van Gogh.

Kunsthal An exciting programme of top-notch temporary exhibitions staged in a Rem Koolhaas–designed building.

Nederlands Fotomuseum The country's main photography museum hosts temporary exhibitions and showcases work from its collection.

Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art Much admired, this gallery focuses on art with a global and political perspective.


Museum Rotterdam: 1940-1945 NU Small but excellent museum about the devastating 1940 bombing of Rotterdam.

National Jenevermuseum Schiedam Learn all about jenever (traditional Dutch gin) at this museum in an 18th-century distillery.

Maritiem Museum Rotterdam Offering plenty of opportunities for hands-on fun, this museum is a huge hit with kids.

Museum Rotterdam Housed in the OMA-designed Timmerhuis, the city museum offers historical and contemporary displays.

Natural History Museum Delivering facts about the natural world in a fun way, this small museum is a particular favourite with children.

Urban Design

Erasmusbrug Muscular and graceful at the same time, this bridge over the Maas is a city icon.

Lijnbaan The word's first pedestrianised shopping mall.

De Rotterdam Tours This expert tour company offers walking tours highlighting the city's architecture and urban design.

Fenix Food Factory A perfect example of how an attraction (in this case an artisan food market) can kick start urban renewal.

Luchtsingel This elevated wooden pedestrian bridge encourages locals to venture into the up-and-coming Noord neighbourhood.