Rotterdam is undoubtedly a different city than you are used to when traveling to Holland. With high skyscrapers, an unforgettable skyline and a futuristic architecture, as in the case of the Erasmusbrug, this city certainly stands out and is remembered.
Furthermore, its strategic position, which made it one of the most important and busiest ports in the world, it will help you a lot to visit far and wide all the neighboring areas. Not far from Amsterdam and other major Dutch locations, about 70 kilometers from the Belgian border, this city is certainly perfect for a base while exploring Holland. In addition, the excellent transport network will make everything much easier for you.
Let's see together then what they are the best day trips around Rotterdam.
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1 - Amsterdam
Among all the possible day trips, surely one cannot be missing Amsterdam, the capital of Holland. About 65 kilometers from Rotterdam, you can reach it in an hour by car or by direct train which, depending on the route it takes, will take you to your destination in between 30 and 60 minutes.
Also in Amsterdam you will notice how modernity and tradition blend together, making it a provincial and cosmopolitan city, artistic and cultural but with a strong economic side. Things are many and this city it would deserve at least a weekend to be discovered, but in case you only have one day, you absolutely cannot miss: Dam Square, the real heart of Amsterdam; the Van Gogh Museum, with over 200 paintings and 500 sketches made by the painter; the Anne Frank House, the most famous house-museum in the world; a boat or bike ride through the canals, the best way to discover the city; the district Leidseplein, an unmissable stop, with its cafes and clubs here you will experience the real Amsterdam, also perfect for a lunch break; speaking of food, you can't miss a delicious crepe!
- Range: 65 km
- 65 kilometers from Rotterdam; reachable in an hour by car or by direct train from Rotterdam Centraal station to Amsterdam Centraal station, travel time varies from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the train route - Get directions
- the city can be visited at any time; the Anne Frank House is open from 1 April to 31 October from 9:00 to 22:00, from 1 November to 31 March from 9:00 to 19:00; the Van Gogh Museum is open from Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 to 17:00, on Fridays from 9:00 to 21:00
- the ticket for the Anne Frank House costs € 10,50; the ticket for the Van Gogh Museum costs € 19,00
- Amsterdam: 2-hour bike tour Amsterdam: cruise along the city canals
2 - The Hague
The Hague, in Dutch Den Haag, is the third largest city in the country and it is the seat of the Parliament and the Government. About 22 kilometers from Rotterdam, you can reach it in half an hour by car or, better solution, by direct train that will take you to your destination in just half an hour. Plus, trains to The Hague leave Rotterdam every 12 minutes!
Less known than Amsterda, The Hague is absolutely worth a visit and you can easily get around it in one day. This is where the Kings of the Netherlands reside and is the judicial capital of the world, as it is the seat of several international courts. The heart of the city is Plain, the elegant main square overlooked by some of the most important and ancient buildings, including the Binnenhof, an old castle that now houses the two chambers of parliament. It can only be visited on a guided tour, while access to the garden is free. In your itinerary you absolutely cannot miss a visit to the Mauritshuis Museum, where the famous painting "The girl with a pearl earring" is exhibited. Also enjoy a nice walk through the historic center, which is very small and easy to get around.
- Range: 22,8 km
- 22,8 kilometers from Rotterdam; reachable in 32 minutes by car or by direct train from Rotterdam Centraal station to Den Haag Centraal station, journey time is 30 minutes and trains depart every 12 minutes - Get directions
- the city can be visited at any time; visits to the Binnenhof are held from 10:00 to 17:00, parliamentary agenda permitting; the Mauritshuis Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursdays until 20:00, Mondays from 13:00 to 18:00
- the guided tour of the Binnenhof costs € 11,00; the ticket for the Mauritshuis Museum costs € 15,50
- The Hague Walking Tour Highlights of The Hague: Bike Tour
3 - Utrecht
Utrecht is the fourth largest city in the country and is a university city. Is situated about 55 kilometers from Rotterdam and you can reach it in 50 minutes by car or, better, by direct train which will take you to your destination in just 40 minutes. In addition, trains to Utrecht leave Rotterdam every 30 minutes!
As already mentioned, Utrecht is a purely student and university, young and lively, with a lot of nightlife and full of pubs and clubs. But it is also a very ancient city: its origin dates back to 47 AD, when the Roman Emperor Claudius ordered that a defensive line be built at the northernmost point of the Empire. At first glance with its houses and canals it can remind you of Amsterdam. In one day you absolutely cannot miss the Utrecht Cathedral, the main religious building in the city, built in the Gothic-Dutch style. Also enjoy a walk to Oudegracht, a series of canals that run through the heart of the city, with lots of little shops and restaurants on both sides.
- Range: 55,1 km
- 55,1 kilometers from Rotterdam; reachable in 48 minutes by car or by direct train from Rotterdam Centraal station to Utrecht Centraal station, journey time is 38 minutes and trains run every 30 minutes - Get directions
- the city can be visited at any time; Utrecht Cathedral is open from October 1st to April 30th from Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 16:00, on Saturdays from 11:00 to 15:30, from May 1st to September 30th from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to 15:30
- the guided tour of the Utrecht Cathedral costs € 5,50
- Monster of Utrecht: realistic exploration game in the city
4 - Delft
Delft is located about 14 kilometers from Rotterdam, halfway between Rotterdam and The Hague. To reach it, you can choose the car or, better solution, the direct train that will take you to your destination in just 13 minutes. Also, trains to Delf leave Rotterdam every 7 minutes!
Also called "little Amsterdam" because of its canals and houses which are very reminiscent of those of the capital, Delft is a small pearl that is absolutely worth a visit and is perfect to be visited in one day. It is mainly a city of art, with many cultural sites, but it also has an important university, the country's first technical university, and a cutting-edge center for scientific research. Your visit can only start from Voor de Kunst, the smallest museum in the world, set up inside an old telephone booth, where a different work is exhibited every month. But what you absolutely cannot miss in the city is there Royal Delft, the Royal Delft Porcelain Factory, where cups, plates, majolica and other ceramic objects are still produced and then painted blue respecting tradition.
- Range: 14,5 km
- 14,5 kilometers from Rotterdam; reachable in 25 minutes by car or by direct train from Rotterdam Centraal station to Delft station, journey time is 13 minutes and trains depart every 7 minutes - Get directions
- the city can be visited at any time; The Royal Delft is open from March 16th to October 31st every day from 9:00 to 17:00, from November 1st to March 15th from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00:
- Tickets for Royal Delft cost € 14,00
- The Royal Delft Experience Discover the city of Delft: guided walking tour
5 - Kinderdijk
Kinderdijk is a famous resort in the south of Holland, in the Alblasserwaard lowland. It is located about 13 kilometers from Rotterdam, you can reach it in half an hour by car or by bus, starting from Rotterdam-Zuidplein station to Kinderdijk-De Klok station, with a change at Rotterdam-P + R Beverwaard station. Total travel time is approximately one hour.
The Kinderdijk area is known worldwide as the "Piana dei Mulini" and, in 1997, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Dutch name means "Children's Dam" and is a perfect place to visit as a family. Here there are 19 water mills that are located on the sides of the canals and date back to 1740, when they were built as an integral part of a water management system with the aim of avoiding floods. The best way to get around this area is by bike. However, the mills are private, so they cannot be visited inside, except Nederwaardmolen 2.
- Range: 13,7 km
- 13,7 kilometers from Rotterdam; reachable in 28 minutes by car or by bus 144 from Rotterdam-Zuidplein station to Rotterdam-P + R Beverwaard station, where you will then have to change and take bus 489 to Kinderdijk-De Klok station, the time to journey time is one hour - Get directions
- open every day from 9: 00 to 17: 30
- free entry; the cost for the Nederwaardmolen 2 is € 7,50
- Small Group Tour to UNESCO Kinderdijk and The Hague
6 - Eindhoven
Eindhoven is located in the south of Holland, not far from the Belgian border. Approximately 103 kilometers from Rotterdam, you can reach it in an hour and a quarter by car or, better, by direct train which will take you to your destination in about an hour. Plus, trains to the city leave Rotterdam every 30 minutes!
Einhoven is a beautiful city, organized, clean and with a great nightlife. Its tourist growth is also due to the opening of a new Ryanair route. It's a real one center of technology and design and the home of Philips, which has contributed a lot to the growth of the city, also creating the football stadium, the Philips Stadium. In your day trip, you absolutely cannot miss it Markt Plazt, the market square is the heart of the city, always alive. And a walk along the is also mandatory Stratumseind, the road to fun of Eindhoven, where in just 200 meters there are 54 pubs and all kinds of restaurants. Another visit that we recommend is the one at Philips Museum, where you can learn about the history of the company and its role in the city through an interactive journey.
- Range: 103 km
- 103 kilometers from Rotterdam; reachable in 16 hour and 2 minutes by car or by direct train from Rotterdam Centraal station to Eindhoven station, journey time is 30 hour and minutes and trains depart every minutes - Get directions
- the city can be visited at any time; the Philips Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 00pm, closed on Mondays
- the ticket for the Philips Museum costs € 8,00
7 - Gouda
Gouda, a city famous all over the world for its delicious cheese, is located about 21 kilometers from Rotterdam and can be reached in half an hour by car or, better, by direct train from Rotterdam to the city's central station. Journey time is only 18 minutes and trains run every half hour.
As already mentioned, Gouda is known worldwide especially for its cheese, but also for the stroopwafel, a typical dessert in the shape of a biscuit, consisting of two wafers with caramel in the middle. Obviously, when you visit the city you absolutely cannot miss a visit to the Cheese Market, where you will see how gouda cheese is weighed with carts and traded according to tradition, exactly as it used to be. And you can also see the vendors dressing traditional clothes.
- Range: 21,1 km
- 21,1 kilometers from Rotterdam; reachable in 27 minutes by car or by direct train from Rotterdam Centraal station to Gouda station, journey time is 18 minutes and trains depart every 30 minutes - Get directions
- the city can be visited at any time; the Gouda Cheese Market is held from April to August every Thursday morning from 10:00 to 13:00
- free entry
- Gouda: 2 hours-Monument Walking Tour
8 - Keukenhof
The Keukenhof, the most famous botanical garden in Holland and the largest tulip park in the world, is located north of Rotterdam, about 44,8 kilometers. You can reach it in 50 minutes by car or take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Leiden, where you can then take bus number 50 to Lisse-Vreewijk. From the bus stop the garden is about 2 kilometers away, a 25 minute walk.
Obviously, the botanical garden is not open all year, but you can only visit it during the blooming period of the tulips which hosts inside, therefore between mid-March and mid-May. The exact opening dates change every year, we advise you to check the official website before organizing your visit. But if you find yourself in Holland during the spring, this wonderful garden is absolutely worth a visit, when it turns into a riot of color. In the park, which covers about 32 hectares, more than 7 million flowers bloom every year, including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and many others.
- Range: 44,8 km
- 44,8 kilometers from Rotterdam; reachable in 49 minutes by car or by train from Rotterdam Centraal station to Leiden Centraal station, then take bus 50 to Lisse-Vreewijk, journey time is one hour and 50 minutes - Get directions
- open from mid-March to mid-May, when the tulips are in bloom
- admission € 17,00
- Keukenhof and flower fields: tour from Rotterdam Rotterdam: Keukenhof and Euromast cruise and tour
9 - Antwerp
The strategic position of Rotterdam, in the south of Holland, and the excellent railway network in the area allow you to quickly reach some cities in Belgium. One of these is Antwerp, about 92,8 kilometers from Rotterdam, you can reach it in just under an hour and a half by car or, better solution, with the direct train that will take you to your destination in just half an hour if you choose the fast one, or in an hour with the intercity train.
Antwerp is located at the mouth of the Schelde River and is one of the most important commercial sea and river ports in all of Europe. Capital of diamonds and letterpress printing, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in all of Belgium. If you reach it by train, you can see and feel it its majesty from the station, the Antwerpen Centraal Station, considered the most beautiful station in the world in 2014. Another symbolic building of the city is the Cathedral of Our Lady, behind the Grote Markt, the main square and the heart of the city. The Cathedral, one of the most important examples of Gothic architecture, is the largest in all of Belgium and Flanders. And, being the capital of diamond processing and trading since the 500th century, you can't even miss a visit to the Diamantmuseum, where you can learn about the whole history of this trade that made Antwerp known all over the world.
- Range: 92,8 km
- 92,8 kilometers from Rotterdam; reachable in an hour and 23 minutes by car or by direct train from Rotterdam Centraal station to Antwerpen Centraal station, journey time is one hour - Get directions
- the city can be visited at any time; the Cathedral of Our Lady is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to 15:00 and Sundays and holidays from 13:00 to 16:00; the Diamantmuseum is open from Thursday to Tuesday from 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Fridays
- the ticket for the Cathedral of Our Lady costs € 6,00; the ticket for the Diamantmuseum costs € 16,00
- Antwerp Highlights: 2-Hour Bike Tour Antwerp: 3-Hour Old Town Food Tour
10 - Brussels
For sure, if you have time, a day trip to Brussels is a must!The capital of Belgium is located 137 kilometers from Rotterdam and you can reach it in two hours by car or, better solution, by direct train that will take you from Rotterdam station to Brussels central station in two hours.
Brussels is one of those European capitals that are visited after the most famous, such as Paris, Berlin or Rome. But it has absolutely nothing to envy to all the other great European cities, indeed, with its charm and its majesty it will surely steal your heart. Starting with the beautiful Grand Place, the main square of the capital, its beating heart and the meeting point for tourists and local citizens. Don't forget to get lost among the beautiful neighborhoods of L'Ilot Sacre and Du Sablon. The first is located behind the Grand Place and is a path of characteristic streets, full of bars, cafes and restaurants with tables directly on the street, while the second is one of the most elegant districts and is famous for its antiques market which takes place every weekend. And I recommend, while you are in Brussels you cannot miss the typical dish: the moules-frites, that is mussels and fries!
- Range: 137 km
- 137 kilometers from Rotterdam; reachable in two hours by car or by direct train from Rotterdam Centraal station to Gare de Bruxelles-Central station, journey time is two hours - Get directions
- the city is always accessible
- the cost of the ticket varies according to the attractions
- Brussels: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour Brussels: Walking Tour from Central Station to Manneken Pis