Set in the Dutch province of South Holland, Rotterdam holiday accommodation is found in the country’s second-largest city, on the Rotte River. Rotterdam a thoroughly modern and multicultural city, and is world-renowned for its port, which is one of the busiest on earth.
Rotterdam self-catering holiday rentals are set in a city that is home to the largest port in Europe – it was also the busiest port in the world from the early-60s up to 2004. A popular activity for visitors to Rotterdam is to take then Spido Harbour tour, which begins at the Erasmus bridge and takes in eight kilometres of the port. There are a host of other attractions in the city relating to its maritime heritage – at the Maritime Museum you’ll be able to get further information about the origins and evolution of the harbour, as well as see restored vessels and a wealth of artefacts from a variety of eras. There are other top-class museums to visit during you stay at a holiday apartment in Rotterdam. At the Museum Boijmans van Beningen there’s a tremendous collection of art, including a large section devoted to Dutch renaissance masterpieces. The modern wing features work by Salvador Dali. For more culture you could make for the Kunsthal, which was designed by Rem Koolhaas and boasts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. There’s also plenty of history to be discovered in Rotterdam – at Grotekerkplein you’ll find the 17th Century statue of Erasmus, who was a key figure in the Dutch Renaissance. There are also seven historic windmills in the city, two of which – De Lelie and De Ster – have regular opening hours for visitors. Among the other important attractions to seek out in Rotterdam are the city’s zoo, and the modernist Euromast observation tower.
No more than a half-hour train journey from Rotterdam is the city of The Hague, which serves as the Netherlands’ administrative capital. It’s a city full of history and impressive architecture, which buildings from gothic, baroque and renaissance periods. The highlight is the Binnenhof, home to the country’s government since the 1200s.
Rotterdam’s climate is heavily influenced by the sea, resulting in mild weather for most of the year. Winters are cool, without consistent sib-zero temperatures, while summers tend to be moderately warm, bringing highs that get up to the mid 20s occasionally in summer.
Flying from the United Kingdom you can reach Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) from London City (LCY) or London Heathrow (LHR) with Air France or British Airways.