Weekend fun in Rotterdam
A weekend trip with one of the children to Rotterdam is still on my wish list. I love the feel of Rotterdam, our country’s second largest city. It has one of the world’s biggest ports, which has contributed to the intercultural and straightforward attitude of ‘Rotterdammers’. It is the perfect place to visit with your offspring, with museums, boat trips, a magnificent zoo and restaurants that will serve you tastes of the world. Let me show you a few tips on where to stay, eat and go when traveling to Rotterdam with kids.
where to go
- Rotterdam Zoo has sharks in its Oceanium, a gorilla island and the most magnificent butterfly garden. And the best part is the playground where your own monkeys can climb and slide away.
- Maritime museum, “An enjoyable and educational museum trip for the entire family, carefully designed with plenty of interaction, play and the perceptions of children aged 4 to 12” according to its own website. And yes, it is true.
- Villa Zebra, interactive art exhibitions for children between 3 and 12.
- Playground at Weena for some exercise.
- Euromast, ‘discover and experience at 185 meters…’. Not for the faint hearted.
- Plaswijckpark, a playground annex small zoo. I am still having doubts whether the costs weigh up to the fun, but see for yourself.
- Spido, when in Rotterdam you have to take a boat trip. This can be a water taxi trip or take one of the Rotterdam harbor tours.
where to sleep
- Hotel New York is right at the water side. In the old days emigrants left here to travel the seas towards a new future in New Amsterdam (which you may know now by the name of New York). Hotel New York used to be the head office of the Holland America Line. Now it is a very hip and happening hotel, which boasts a great restaurant as well. Added benefit is that you can visit Hotel New York by boat!
- Hotel Bazar is located next to our all time favorite restaurant Bazar (see below). We have not stayed there, but I would love to. Themed rooms and with a great location in Rotterdam city center.
where to eat
Bazar Rotterdam is one of our favorite restaurants both with us and the children. It reminds of us of our holidays in Turkey, but adds a mysterious Arabian atmosphere. Great food, friendly service and the decor is wonderful with colorful lamps and a true Mediterranean look and feel. A must do when in Rotterdam.