A weekend in Rotterdam with the whole family has something to offer for everyone. Culture, a zoo, history or football, this cosmopolitan city has it all! You can visit the Maritime Museum to discover everything there is to know about ships and their influence on daily life, or enjoy the spectacular view from the Euromast, Rotterdam’s highest building. Rotterdam is an ideal city to discover by public transport. Reliable metro and tram connections take you all over town, and reduced rates are available for children under 12! However, all the best attractions can also be reached easily by car. These four tips for family outings in Rotterdam will make sure that no one gets bored.
1. The oldest Dutch zoo!
This is an attraction which is sure to get children excited: the zoo! ‘Diergaarde Blijdorp’ is one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands and is home to a wide variety of species, from red pandas to gorillas and piranhas. The animals are spread across different zones, like the African Savannah, the Asian Jungle Trek, the Ice Cave and Oceanium, the underwater world. The park has wide lanes, playgrounds for kids, different exciting shows, feeding times and a Jungle Express. The park is opened throughout the year, but Autumn makes for a particularly interesting visit, as many animals are in œstrus at this time of year.
2. Feyenoord’s Football Stadium: De Kuip
Feyenoord is one of three major football clubs in Rotterdam, the other being Sparta Rotterdam and Excelsior. Feyenoord is the most successful of the three, and has fans throughout the country. ‘De Kuip’ (The Tub) is considered to be one of the most beautiful football stadiums in the Netherlands. It has been inaugurated in 1937, and many Europacup finals and other big matches in football history have been played here. Take your kids for a tour behind the scenes at Feyenoord’s stadium. The guided tours even go through the player tunnel and the dug-out! In the adjacent Feyenoord museum you can learn everything there is to know about the club and its history.Opened Wednesday through Saturday.
3. The Euromast
The Euromast is the highest building in Rotterdam, with a height of 185 meters. This attraction is perhaps less suited for children or adults with a fear of heights, but all the more exciting for the more daring among you. A lift takes visitors to the platform at a height of 100 meters. With the Euroscoop, a glass panorama lift, you can even go all the way to the top! When the weather permits, you will have a view of up to 30 kilometers. During weekends family guided tours are available, and special children’s activities are organised. You can combine a visit to the Euromast with a visit to Diergaarde Blijdorp with a special ‘combiticket’.Opened daily from 10am to 10pm.
4. The Maritime Museum Rotterdam
Discover the rich history of the Rotterdam harbour in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam. Climb aboard the ships and cranes, go for an adventure in the dedicated children’s exhibit or feel the rhythm of the harbour in MainPort Live! Through a variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions for all ages, the Maritime Museum shows the history of the harbour. It gives a great impression of the huge influence the maritime trade has had on daily life in the Netherlands.Opened Tuesday through Sunday, from 10am to 5pm (opening at 11am on Sundays and public holidays).