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We have one day and one night in Rotterdam, and am having a hard time deciding what to do. From what I have read it is a modern city with modern architecture.

Culturally I am not finding much. From what I have been reading, it is a starting point to go to other places. We have been to Amsterdam about six times and would prefer to go somewhere else.

Please let me know your suggestions, and if it means going to a near by city, we will consider that.

As always, thank you for your assistance.



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It is a short train ride from Rotterdam, and has a lot of history, canals and a nice old town.
You are right, Rotterdam city centre had the misfortune to be extensively bomber in the Second World War, and was re-built in the 1950's. It is not very inspiring.

Posted by
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There are many interesting museums in Rotterdam (such as the Maritime museum).

You can visit the brand-new food market (markthal)

There are also the world-famous cube houses, one of which open to visitation, which are located right by the markthal.

On a clear sky day, you can climb the Euromast and take a 360-degree look on the vast plains, farms, canals and the ocean nearby. There is a good restaurant up there.

If you have time, you can visit the Maaslantkering, the huge flood control structures that guarantee the safety or 20% of the country.

If you have more time, you can make a half-day trip to Kinderdijk.

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If large indoor model railroads interest you, Trainz Miniworld, next to the main station, is worth a little bit of time. Not nearly as impressive as Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, but not bad if you're there anyway.

If you just want to stroll, there's a large pedestrian shopping area with plenty of restaurants.

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If you like unusual architecture, Rotterdam is fascinating. It's also very interesting as a contrast to other Dutch cities. I loved my architecture walking tour (self-guided following the tourist office's free brochure), particularly the Cube Houses. I also went to the photography museum. Rotterdam reminded me a lot of Frankfurt - another city that I feel gets a bum rap.

However, if none of this (or the ideas above) sounds like what you're looking for, you should indeed go somewhere else in the Netherlands for your day.

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I read somewhere that there is a boat ride around Rotterdam that is very interesting to take to learn more about the city, and see it from another vantage point.

I can not find this boat tour, the only tour I can find is on a boat that has a buffet, Pancake, but it doesn't say where it goes.

THANK YOU everyone for all of your advice.



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Hello Andre,

Thank you for letting me know about the site. This is what I have been looking for.

We are also thinking of taking the train ride, going to the new market, and other sites people have written about.

I thank you all for taking the time to share your information and knowledge, I appreciate it.