Interesting facts and ideas for your own excursion in the beautiful port city
- Regular berth: Wilhelminapier
- Port shuttle: available free of charge, but not mandatory
- Taxis: usually available at the quay
- Public Transport: very well-developed network of bus, streetcar, metro and waterbus lines (Waterbus)
- car rental*: Sixt, Weena 4
- car rental*: Hertz, Wilhelminakade 699 (Mooring)
- car rental*: Avis, Kruisplein 23
- Post office: PostNL, Weena 691, Tobacco store at the main station
- Tourist Information: Coolsingel 114
- Banks and ATMs: at the berth and in the city center
- Berths of the cruise liners
Cruise ships in Rotterdam usually dock at the modern Wilhelminapier, which is close to the city center. Thus, the ship is moored in the immediate vicinity of the Erasmus Bridge. Not far from the berth there are bus, streetcar and metro stations. After crossing the striking Erasmus Bridge, you reach the city center. At the nearby Hotel New York, the former headquarters of Holland Amerika Line (HAL), there is a mooring for the black and yellow water cabs. These depart from 3 euros per person (ferry service), and some of them also offer round trips. For children up to 13 years of age, half is called. In the Cruiseterminal itself, there is a tourist information and small stores. The city also uses free shuttle buses. These take visitors to the town hall at Coolsingel 40, and make a stopover at the market hall. They normally run every 30 minutes. Cheap combined tickets are often offered for various sights and attractions.
- Public transport and Rotterdam Welcome Card
The extensive public transport network is operated by RET, and is served by buses, tramways and subways. A day ticket for this service costs 7.50 per person. With the Rotterdam Welcome Card, these three means of transport can also be used and you get an additional 25% discount from various providers, such as museums and restaurants. If you are aged 12-64 years, this card costs 11 euros. Reduces 7,50 Euro. Depending on the desired destination, you can also use the Waterbus ferries. The nearest moorings Rotterdam-Katendrecht and at the Erasmus Bridge are each about 1000 meters from the berth, and can be reached on foot in 10-15 minutes. A day ticket only for these ferries costs 13 euros per adult on site. For children from 4 to 11 years 9,50 Euro will be charged. With the somewhat more expensive Tourist Day Ticket, you can use the waterbus ferries in addition to the bus, streetcar and metro. This costs 13.50 euros per person. When getting on and off, the tickets must be held at the readers in the vehicles. The Tourist Day Ticket is only valid with the operators RET, HTM, HTMbuzz, Arriva, Connexxion, Veolia and Waterbus.
- City and port tours
There are several ways to explore the city. For example, from 10:00-17:00, there is a line of red sightseeing Hop On Hop Off buses. A complete round lasts 60 minutes, costs 17 euros and has, besides the Cruise Terminal 6 other stops. Splashtours offers a somewhat different kind of city tour. During the tour, which also lasts 60 minutes, the amphibious vehicle travels on land and waterways. For children up to the age of 12 years the trip costs 16,50 Euro and for adults 24,50 Euro. Start and finish is at the Euromast at Parkhaven 9, alternatively you can take the historic tramway line 10, which runs every half hour from 11:00-16:30. It also takes one hour for a complete round trip and works according to the Hop On Hop Off principle. The tickets are available in the tramway. One of the 9 stops is located directly at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge on the opposite side of the berth. In addition, the local shipping company Spido offers various harbour tours. The ships are modernly equipped and also suitable for wheelchair users. The 75-minute standard tour costs 12.50 euros for adults and 7.50 euros for 4-11 year-olds. The jetty is also located on the opposite side and at the foot of the cable-stayed bridge.
- Bicycle, train station and shopping
The cycle paths in Rotterdam are quite well-developed. If you want to rent a bike in good weather, you can find one at the train station. E-bikes are also offered in some cases. The modern central station Rotterdam Centraal is the traffic junction of the public transport and about 3 kilometers from the berth. From March to October, there is also a cab rank for bicycle rickshaws. Walking time for one direction is 35-40 minutes. The pedestrian zone of the Lijnbaan is almost directly accessible and invites you to stroll, shopping and linger. The stores in the city center are mostly open daily, even on Sundays.
The Euromast Tower, visible from afar, offers excellent views of Rotterdam and the surrounding area from its viewing platform. The platform is located at a height of almost 100 meters, houses a restaurant and two hotel suites. Who likes comes with the Euroscoop, a gondola rotating around the mast, even higher. Especially the more daring have the possibility to abseil from the platform. All others are welcome to use the fast elevators. The viewpoint is open daily from 10:00-22:00. From April to September from 09:30 am. The entrance fee is 9,75 Euro per person. Children from 4-11 years pay 6,10 Euro. Unfortunately, cash payments are not accepted and there may be longer waiting times at the entrance.
- Museum of Maritime History
At Leuvehaven 1, the Maritime Museum shows its exhibition. It reflects the history of the port of Rotterdam and the maritime industry. Among other things, the oldest model ship in Europe, perhaps even in the world, can be seen. The Mataró model dates back to the 15th century and shines, for that time, with a high level of detail. In the outside area, numerous museum ships can be viewed. Some of them can also be entered. The entrance fee is 12.50 euros for adults and 9 euros for 4-15 year olds. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00-17:00. On Sunday from 11:00-17:00 o'clock. Monday is closed.
- Steamship SS Rotterdam
With the former Steamship SS Rotterdam of the Holland Amerika Line, many emigrants reached New York in the 1960s. Later, the ship was used for cruises. After extensive renovation measures, it has now been open to the public for several years. Today, the interior houses a hotel with 254 rooms, a bar and a restaurant. For interested visitors, various guided tours are also offered, during which you can also visit the original engine room and the bridge. Some areas are also freely explorable. The SS Rotterdam is about 1.5 kilometers from the Cruise Terminal and can be reached on foot in 20-25 minutes.
- Museum Park
The Museum Park in Rotterdam is home to the Dutch Architecture Institute, the Natural History Museum, the Boijmans-Van Beuningen Museum and the Kunsthal with changing exhibitions. The beautiful and well-kept park radiates peace and quiet, invites you to take a walk and linger. Visible from the mooring and located directly on the Maas is the Wereldmuseum (World Museum) with its permanent exhibition of 200,000 exhibits. In addition, temporary exhibitions are also presented there.
- Rotterdam Zoo
The Rotterdam Zoo Diergaarde Blijdorp is divided into several thematic areas. These are oriented towards the continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. In addition, an aquarium area is open to visitors. Near the main entrance Blijdorplaan 8, there are bus stops of the lines 32, 33 and 40. The side entrance opposite and east of the main entrance at Van Aerssenlaan 49, is located west of the central station and about 1 kilometer away from it. It takes 15-20 minutes on foot for this route. Alternatively, bus lines 40 and 44 stop there, and the zoo is open daily from 09:00-18:00. From the age of 12 years, the entrance fee is 22 euros per person. Children from 3 to 11 years of age pay 17,50 Euro. Online tickets are available at a discount of 2 euros each.
- Miniworld Rotterdam
Who can be inspired for the miniature miracle country in Hamburg will have also at the Miniworld Rotterdam its joy. The overall concept is very similar to the famous original. Thematically, Rotterdam and its port are in the foreground. But also, the Dutch coastal region and typical suburbs have been very well presented on the 535 square meters large site. Over 150 trains are running on the 2.3 kilometers of track. The opening hours are variable. As a rule, it is open Wednesday to Friday from 12:00 to 17:00, on weekends and during the vacations from 10:00 to 17:00. Outside of the vacations, it is closed on Monday and Tuesday. The entrance fee is 11 Euro per person. Children under 12 years of age are only admitted when accompanied by an adult, and must pay 7.50 euros. The Miniworld is located not far from the main station and can also be easily reached on foot.
- Cube Houses
The Cube Houses at the bus, train and metro station Rotterdam Blaak can be described as extraordinary. The appearance of the 38 cube houses lined up next to each other is impressive. They each have 100 square meters of living space, spread over three levels. One, the otherwise privately owned house (Overblaak 70), can also be viewed from the inside and is open to interested visitors daily from 11:00-17:00. Admission costs 3 euros per person.
- Market Hall
The Market Hall, opened in 2014, is located in the immediate vicinity. On the large sales area, mostly food of all kinds is offered daily from 10:00-20:00 o'clock. On Sundays the opening hours are slightly reduced from 12:00-18:00. The lower floors of the building are home to various restaurants and bars. These are usually open until midnight. The entrances are designed to be handicapped accessible and elevators connect the parking garage levels below with the 2 levels of the market hall. WCs and toilets are also available in the building.
- Laurens Church
A little further north is the Laurenskerk, built in the Middle Ages. Heavily damaged, it survived the bombs in World War II and was later rebuilt. The church is the oldest building in Rotterdam. If you would like to visit the religious house from the inside, there is no way around a financial contribution. This is 3 Euro per adult, including the audio guide. For young people from 13 to 18 years 2 Euro are charged. Children under 12 years receive free admission. A visit to the church tower costs an extra 3.50 euros (up to 18 years) and 5 euros per adult. Since the church also hosts events, it is not always open to visitors. In the summer half year, Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00-17:00 o'clock. In the winter half of the year, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00-17:00 o'clock.
- Artists' Street
The Witte de Withstraat is considered to be an artists' and scene street. Attracted by its flair, boutiques, cafés, restaurants and pubs have settled there. Small galleries can also be found there. Partly with changing exhibitions. It is centrally located in the city center.
- Kinderdijk Windmills
The famous 19 Windmills of Kinderdijk can be easily reached from the foot of the Erasmus Bridge by taking the 202 waterbus, which stops on the opposite bank of the Maas. It takes about 15 minutes to get there on foot. The waterbus takes another 35 minutes for one direction to Kinderdijk and costs 4 euros per person and direction. Unless you have a day ticket. The area around the windmills can be explored freely. Admission costs a visit to the museum mills Nederwaard, Blokweer and the visitor center of the pumping station Wisboom. Guided tours are also available for a fee.
- Den Haag
With the dark blue metro line E, you can get from the Wilhelminaplein station to Den Haag to the central station Den Haag Centraal. The journey time is about 40 minutes in each direction. Once you have arrived at the seat of government of the Netherlands, the city center or the center of Den Haag is within walking distance. For example, the building complex of the Binnenhof is 10 to 15 minutes away on foot. The beautiful beach section of Scheveningen is about 5 kilometers away. By bus, train and cab, you can also get from the central station, very good to more distant and interesting destinations.
- Excursion portals and excursion providers
Via the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and admission tickets in Rotterdam, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions offered by the shipping companies. So, if you book in time, you can realize a variety of excursions on your own.
A small preselection of independent tour operators
for, in and around Rotterdam,
we have compiled for you here.
- Cruises and special offers
If you have not yet booked a cruise in Western Europe, but would like to get to know Rotterdam personally and make excursions on your own, you will find great offers from the major cruise operators in the German-speaking world. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises* offer attractive routes with their modern cruise ships, together with other interesting destinations. Book the next dream vacation directly with your favorite shipping company at fair conditions.
Any deep-sea and river cruises are also with the sea-journey specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria* comfortably and favorably on-line bookable. Thus, one has the choice from a variety of daily updated offers of different shipping companies. Also thereby are among other things AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. Also attractive are the popular special offers, with which one can travel particularly inexpensively and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Opening hours of the post office: Monday to Friday from 08:00-18:30
- Opening hours of the banks: Monday to Friday from 09:30-17:00
- Opening hours of the tourist information office: Monday to Sunday from 09:30-18:00
- Opening hours of the stores: Sunday and Monday from 12:00-18:00, Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00-18:00. Friday open until 21:00 o'clock.
- General emergency call: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 112
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 112
- Fire Department: Tel. 112
- Vaccination recommendation: Tropical Institute Netherlands
- Public transport: RET
- Map of the city: Rotterdam map
- Map of the city: Rotterdam city map
- Climate table: Rotterdam climate
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Rotterdam
- National currency: Euro, 1 Euro = 100 Cent