Home of wonderful windmills and cosy coffee shops
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK on Eurostar.
ROTTERDAM CENTRAAL STATION
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK, via Brussels. This is the main station in Rotterdam.
Experience a city bursting with energy and modern architecture. The Erasmus Bridge, Cube Houses and windmills will have you snapping away.
Kinderdijk is only 35 minutes by ferry from Rotterdam city centre and will offer you a typical polder landscape with more windmills than you can shake a stick at. With over 19 windmills, pumping stations and 'boezems' (storage basins) it's no wonder that area has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Hire a bike or walk along the canals and snap away at some of the most beautiful polder landscape you'll ever see.
Visit Rotterdam's largest museum - Kunsthal - for a wide range of temporary exhibitions. Every year up to 25 new exhibitions are staged in the expansive 3,000m2 building.
Along with the regular exhibitions, Kunsthal offers at least one special exhibition a year for children. In the past, children have enjoyed model dinosaur, archaeological digging and Tour de France exhibitions.
Aside from what goes on inside, the building itself is a work of art. The centre is made up of classic materials like marble and parquet together with the more rigid materials of corrugated sheet and unfinished timber.
Tip: On a sunny day make your way up to the Kunsthal cafe - there's a great outdoor terrace to have a bite to eat.
If you like things tiny then make your way to Rotterdam's Miniworld - the largest indoor miniature world in the Netherlands (how many are there?). It's absolutely huge and has a 500m2 model railroad depicting Rotterdam and the Randstand. That's more than 100 model trains merrily rolling along over 2km of track! You'll also get to see polder landscapes, the harbour and how the city interacts as a whole.
An extra bonus is the model workshop where you get so see how the miniature models are created and how the command centre operates.
Fun for all the family!
Tip: If you're feeling a bit peckish, there is a small restaurant on site - don't worry it's real size food!
Prices based on lowest available Standard Class return fare per person.
© Walter Bibikow, Andrea Salcioli-Tips, Mauritius, Michael-Zegers-Look.