Motorhoming in Rotterdam
Rotterdam or ‘Manhattan on the Maas’ as the locals think of it, is a vibrant and lively city with great architecture, acres of museums and art galleries and even better shopping opportunities. It’s famous across the world as being one of the world’s biggest ports, and despite its 650 years of history it’s a really trendy place to visit.
Services for campervan hire and motorhome rental vehicles.
There are two official motorhome facilities in the outskirts of Rotterdam: Kekkerkerk, which offers a free overnight stop. The ‘site’ is in the grounds of the ‘The Lou’ café/restaurant and the owners appreciate a little custom if you use their facilities. The second is at Schiedam. The New Haven is situated on the marina with good connections by tram to the city; this site is has more facilities for motorhomes and campervans. Lastly there is Stadscamping right in the centre of the city in the area around Kanaalweg.
Top things to see and do
Visit the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The museum contains the works of some of Europe’s most famous painters from Rembrandt and Van Gough to Dali. There are permanent exhibitions from the Middle Ages right up to the current day as well as temporary exhibitions. The building itself is a 1930’s masterpiece, but thankfully the food in the restaurant is a little more up to date!
One for the girls. If you think you live in a small place visit the Kijk-Kubus or Show-Cube house. People actually live in these small modern cubes and there is even one open to the public. This show home is inhabited by the same person who takes tour entrance money; so be careful not to say if he needs to clean up!
One for the boys. There could be lots of jokes about ‘getting high’ in the Netherlands, and you can decide what it means. Here in Rotterdam, it means going to the top of the 328 foot Euromast Tower to see the panoramic view over the city and harbour. There are many different levels to get off at, but the best is the penultimate. Get off here and take the revolving glass lift which gives 360 degree views of the city. Best idea is to go before you have lunch.
Just for fun…visit the De Rotterdam, a 1960s vintage cruise ship. The ship was used until the millennium and is now moored in Rotterdam harbour. Some of the ship is used as a floating hotel; the other parts include two restaurants and bars. The ship has kept it 1960’s theme and you can ‘come aboard’ for a tour or to enjoy the bars and restaurants.
Rotterdam is a good place to stop off on a tour of the Netherlands in your campervan hire or motorhome rental, it offers fun and lively entertainment and is a great alternative if you don’t fancy Amsterdam.