Rotterdam is famous for its architecture. The city has so much more to offer and it is a perfect vacation spot. Discover the prettiest photo opportunities, unique excursions, best beaches and more during a staycation in Rotterdam.

Say cheese

Rotterdam has the most beautiful, crazy and special buildings in The Netherlands. The city centre is a patchwork of architectural styles: icons of the Nieuwe Bouwen school of modernist Dutch architecture stand alongside characteristic post-war reconstruction architecture from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. A picture with one of these buildings in the background will be a guaranteed success in your vacation album. The most famous buildings are the Markthal, the cube-houses and the Euromast. They are all very cool and remarkable. We have a few more suggestions for people who prefer their pictures to be a little more unique. The Pauluskerk which is a very unique brown church, the Timmerhuis also known as the glass greenhouse and of course the Mainport hotel where the architect really captured the spirit of Rotterdam


Boat rides, historic monuments, a unique zoo and the remarkable architecture are just some of the many excursion possibilities Rotterdam has to offer. The concierge at Mainport and the receptionists at Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre are happy to help with advice and tickets for the best excursions.

On the water

The watertaxi is a pleasant way of travelling through Rotterdam. It will take you to your destination from the private dock at Mainport hotel. You don’t need a destination, because the water taxi is also available for a cruise past all the highlights of Rotterdam. Another great option is Spido’s sunset cruise where you will see the beautiful skyline of Rotterdam while enjoying a cocktail.


The Netherlands is known for its mills. The most famous mills are located at Kinderdijk. It is a world heritage site so they will be there forever. Did you know 14 out of the 19 mills are still inhabited?

The Rotterdam zoo

Go on a journey around the world in Rotterdam. At Blijdorp, the Rotterdam zoo, you can see animals from every continent. Indian Rhinos, Asian lions, arctic foxes and Wallabies from Australia are just some examples of the different species you can find here. Complete your journey around the world by staying in your favourite continent at the Mainport hotel where each floor is inspired by a different continent.

Curious to find out what activities are recommended by locals? Read Highlights of Rotterdam and With a group of friends in Rotterdam.

The best places for swimming and sunbathing

Rotterdam also has many good beaches and parks where you can picnic or just enjoy the weather with a good book. There are also many spots for a refreshing dip in the water or a gelato.

Hotels with a swimming pool

In Rotterdam there is only one hotel with a swimming pool and that is Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre. This is the perfect spot to relax by the pool and in the sauna and steam bath. Mainport’s guests are also welcome in the pool.

Costa del Rotterdam

Some of the best beaches can be found in and around Rotterdam. At Nesselande beach you will have an incredible backdrop of skyscrapers. Athletic people will enjoy the maasvlakte where you can enjoy an array of beach sports. And if you want to include a nature walk on your beach day go to Hoek van Holland. The sand dunes are home to foxes, birds, but also to beautiful flowers and plants.

Also read Beach-vibe in the city for more city beaches.

On the terrace

A fruity cocktail or mocktail with some nacho’s or antipasti are some of our favourite things to order on a terrace in the summer. When combined with exotic temperatures and a beautiful view they are the perfect ingredients for a nice summer day.

One of our favourite terraces has a view over the historic Leuvehaven. Here you can order international cocktails like the Mint Julep, Singapore Sling or Moscow Mule. We’re talking about Down Under’s terrace.

Souvenir shoppen

A staycation in Rotterdam isn’t complete without a visit to the Markthal. It is also a great spot for some yummy souvenirs like De Rotterdamsche Oude, a really flavoursome cheese, and Rotterdammertjes, candy that captures the essence of Rotterdam. There are many great stores in the area surrounding the Markthal. Make sure to include the “koopgoot” where you’ll find over 40 stores to shop for a new outfit, personal care products and of course souvenirs.

Rest & Relax

It is very important to relax during your Staycation in Rotterdam. To help you do just that we created the Rest & Relax special. This special includes an overnight stay in a luxurious room with whirlpool, an extensive breakfast and a late check-out.

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