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ideas for 3 days in Rotterdam

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ideas for 3 days in Rotterdam

Will be coming from the U,S. for three days before leaving for cruise. Can we get a train to the Hague? How close is the Holiday Inn Express to the port in Rotterdam? Recommendations from people of things to see while there would be appreciated.

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1. Re: ideas for 3 days in Rotterdam

Hello -

Answer to question how far is port to your hotel. About 45KM as the cruise ships land pretty far from Rotterdam Central where your hotel is located.

From your hotel you and walk to the Central Train Station and get a train to Den Haag. They run about 4 times per hour. www.ns.nl will give you the best information.



Happy Travel Planning. Paula

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2. Re: ideas for 3 days in Rotterdam

Maybe give us a bit more detail on your interests and such? Do you like museums? Particular types of art? Architecture? Food? Beer? Wine? Anyone with mobility issues? Do you travel enough to be comfortable navigating local transport options? Have you been in this part of the world before? Is there a particular reason you want to visit The Hague (if it's the Girl with the Pearl Earring, she isn't in town right now.) ?

A little more detail from you would help people help you.

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3. Re: ideas for 3 days in Rotterdam

You do realize that Rotterdam is a modern city with lots of concrete and glass buildings? Probably a lot like American cities. Whereas the Netherlands also has many cities and villages with picturesque, old streets, canals, gabled houses. You may prefer to stay overnight in one of those. For example Leiden, Delft, Amsterdam, Breda, maybe even Antwerp in Belgium.

The link Paula gave you is a good one for things to see and do in Rotterdam.

The Hague is also quite modern in large parts, and very widespread. Not one of my favorite places in the country, although the beach is okay (but do expect our beaches and the sea to be gray).

For train travel, use this planner: http://www.ns.nl/en/travellers/home

Or for all public transport including trains, trams, metros, buses, ferries: www.9292.nl/en (for example enter the port address and your end destination).

Enjoy your three days here.

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You're boarding your cruise ship at the Rotterdam Cruise Terminal? It's located on the Wilhelminapier which is about 10 minutes by metro from Rotterdam Central Station (Holiday Inn Express Rotterdam is located near the new Central Station of Rotterdam) and then a short 5 minute walk.

Concerning things to do: there is more than enough to do in Rotterdam. You might consider a harbour tour with the Spido while enjoying the city from the water, you might travel by Watertaxi which is a very nice attraction in Rotterdam. Interesting streets and areas with nice cafés and restaurants are the Witte de With street and the old historic Veerhaven. Also the Old Harbour with its cubic houses is worth a visit (and the modern almost completed Markthal is located nearby) as well as the Nieuwe Binnenweg with its cafés, bakeries and shops. Also just walk around in the city, alongside the river through the Boompjes Park and Leuvehoofd Park and go on to the Westerkade. Don't forget to visit the Wilhelminapier itself with its modern architecture and cross the Erasmusbridge. You can go on to Katendrecht by the Rijnhavenbrug and visit the Deliplein over there and the Rotterdam Steam Ship with its sundeck terrace with a nice view on the city. You get a nice view on Rotterdam from the Euromast Tower. There are also plenty of other things to do like visiting the Sint Laurens Church, visiting several museums (Kunsthal, Boijmans van Beuningen, Wereldmuseum etc.), the Rotterdam Zoo (Blijdorp) etc.

Concerning The Hague: Parliament might be interesting to visit over there and it only takes about 20min travelling by train from Rotterdam Central Station.

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5. Re: ideas for 3 days in Rotterdam

Hi, I think JesperB gave a lot of great suggestions for your three days in Rotterdam. As mentioned, your hotel is near the Central Station. So if you want to visit The Hague then you can easily jump on a train. There are also a lot of trams leaving from the station, so you can easily head to the port of Rotterdam. There are many tour boats that take you into the harbour, such as Spido. You can find them near the Erasmus bridge. The reception of your hotel will know exactly which tram you have to take.

What we always do when we have friends who want to see more of Rotterdam is take a long walk along the river side. Start at the Kubus houses at 'Blaak', pass the old city harbour and walk towards the river. From here head towards Eramus bridge, walk underneath, pass Spido continue walking towards the Oude Veerhaven and pass the park, Euromast towards Delfshaven. From there take the Nieuwe Binnenweg back to the city. It's quite a walk (make sure you stop for a nice cup of coffee and some lunch) but it is the best way to see the nice parts of Rotterdam. You will soon see that there are many old parts in Rotterdam and unlike many people think, it is more then just concrete and modern buildings. For a night out or a good glass of wine or beer head to the Witte the WIthstraat, about 30 minutes pleasant stroll from your hotel.

I hope you will enjoy your visit in Rotterdam

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