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Waterfront stroll This 13-km walking route takes you along the banks of the river Nieuwe Maas. P2

Food, fashion & design tour Rotterdam is a city where creative professionals of all ages can make their dreams reality. Discover some of these hotspots during this 9-km walk. P 10

The best of West This 14-km cycling tour takes you from the city centre deep into the heart of RotterdamWest. P 18

Noord explored A 17-km cycling route takes you past all the highlights of Rotterdam-Noord. P 28


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Discover Rotterdam Want to join us on an exciting tour of Rotterdam? Pick one of the walking or cycling routes from this guide, and over the course of a few hours you’ll make one discovery after the other! We’ve included two walking routes (9 and 13 km) and two cycling routes (14 and 17 km). They all start and end at Rotterdam Central Station. And they take you past a variety of well-known landmarks and all sorts of interesting areas that are just off the beaten track. From bustling port sites and green oases to the locals’ favourite café terraces. MUST DO! Planning to roam the city by bicycle? There are a number of bike sharing schemes in Rotterdam: Donkey Republic, Mobike and FlickBike. Of course, you can also rent a bicycle at Rotterdam Central Station or Rotterdam Blaak, for example City Rider at Westblaak 8 or Centrum Bikes & Rent A Bike Rotterdam at Schiedamsedijk 54a.

Each of the descriptions in this booklet comes with a map of the entire route, meaning you can walk or cycle the entire route independently. Where possible, we’ve linked the cycling routes to existing junctions in the local bike networks. And the routes generally stick to dedicated bike lanes. Nevertheless, always watch out when you cross a road or intersection – for both cars and pedestrians. Have fun! Rotterdam Tourist Information Coolsingel 114 Stationsplein 20 +31 (0)10 790 01 85 info@rotterdamtouristinformation.nl www.rotterdam.info 1


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WATERFRONT STROLL This 13-km walking route takes you along the banks of the river Nieuwe Maas. An adventurous tour, in which you will cross quays and bridges and bump into peninsulas, basins and boulevards. With wonderful vistas, exciting architecture, interesting hotspots and a chance to relax in the breeze.


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WATERFRONT STROLL WALKING ROUTE 13 KM

Rotterdam is the epitome of a port city. And you can feel it in the air when you walk along the banks of Nieuwe Maas. With all the splendid views of the water, container ships moving to and fro and water taxis skimming over the waves, you don’t know where to look first. This 13-km walking route takes you past quays, bridges, boulevards and basins. After crossing Erasmusbrug to Wilhelminapier with its imposing architecture, you can look out over Katendrecht before returning to the north bank via Noordereiland and Willemsbrug. Along the way, you’re free to take the Waterbus to RDM (Heijplaat) or the windmills at the UNESCO world heritage site Kinderdijk. You can also hop on a Spido boat for a port tour that takes you past a range of shipyards and docks. Or find out for yourself how quick those water taxis really are. After that, you’ll probably be in the mood for a relaxing drink at Hotel New York. This route treats you to wonderful vistas, exciting architecture and a chance to relax in the breeze.


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DID YOU KNOW? The car park below Museumpark has an underground basin that can store up to 10 million litres of water. It prevents the neighbourhood sewers from being overwhelmed during heavy rainfall.

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Start at 1 Rotterdam Central Station. Opened in 2014 after nine years of renovations, the new hall is one of the main stops on any architectural tour of the city. From the station, walk a short distance along 2 West-Kruiskade, to get a taste of Rotterdam’s multicultural identity. Besides Chinese supermarkets, Surinamese shops and Middle Eastern eateries, this area offers all sorts of street art. The sculptures along Westersingel are part of Rotterdam’s 3 International Sculpture Collection. They include works by famous artists like Auguste Rodin, Carel Visser, Joel Shapiro and Umberto Mastroianni. Feel like a cup of coffee? At 4 Heilige Boontjes the coffee’s roasted and served by ex-detainees in a former police station. Continue along Nieuwe Binnenweg for a bit. Be warned: you may linger at various establishments along the way, like 5 Buiten Deli & Lunch, the bakers at 6 Koekela or the boutique 7 Joline Jolink. Turn the corner at 8 Westerpaviljoen. Across the street, there’s a statue of the poet 9 Jules Deelder, who passed away in 2019. The statue stands next to Café Ari, named after his daughter.


MUST DO! On Parklaan, you can visit Schoonoord Historical Garden: a tranquil oasis and a treasure trove for plant lovers. Schoonoord has been designated a national heritage site in recognition of its historical features and exceptional plant collection.

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Head over to Museumpark, with the dazzling new 10 Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen designed by the architectural firm of MVRDV. After passing Erasmus Medical Center and the 11 Kunsthal exhibition centre, proceed to 12 Het Park, with its iconic Euromast. This is a popular picnic area when the sun’s out. The cafÊ terraces at 13 Dudok In Het Park and Parqiet tend to be busy regardless of the weather. Turn onto Parklaan and walk towards the 14 Wereldmuseum. From the historical area of 15 Veerhaven, you can board a water taxi to Hotel New York (Wilhelminapier) or take the ss Rotterdam to Katendrecht. Another option is to continue walking towards Erasmusbrug. The famous 16 Spido port tours start at Willemskade. From here, you can also take the 17 Waterbus to RDM (Heijplaat) or the windmills at the UNESCO world heritage site Kinderdijk. If you decide to cross 18 Erasmusbrug,

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DID YOU KNOW? At Rijnhaven, you can not only find the floating forest conceived by the Mothership art production company, but also Recycled Park, a floating park made from plastic waste from the Nieuwe Maas.

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this takes you to Wilhelminapier, which is lined with buildings by some of the world’s foremost architects: Renzo Piano, Álvaro Siza, Francine Houben, Norman Foster, and of course Rem Koolhaas with his 19 De Rotterdam. Be sure to have a good look around at Kop van Zuid. Before arriving at the famous 20 Hotel New York, you pass the 21 Nederlands Fotomuseum and Pakhuis Meesteren, home to 22 Foodhallen Rotterdam. Kop van Zuid is linked to Katendrecht by 23 Rijnhavenbrug. See those two old warehouses across the water? The one on the left, 24 Fenix I, has been converted into a housing complex. The one on the right will become a 25 migration museum, with a mix of creative and culinary entrepreneurs on the ground floor. Crossing Rijnhavenbrug to the opposite bank, takes you to 26 Deliplein, one of the city’s culinary hotspots and lined by restaurants. Walk back in the direction of Erasmusbrug. Cross the roundabout and turn left into Stieltjesstraat. Walk past the 27 Monument for Jewish Children and the children’s museum 28 Villa Zebra towards the former railway bridge 29 De Hef. Cross the water to Noordereiland and continue until you reach Nieuwe Maas. After scaling some stairs, you can cross the red 30 Willemsbrug. Walking along Boompjes on the banks of Nieuwe Maas, you run into the 31 Flag Parade, which includes the flags of all UN member states. Turn right at the war memorial 32 De Boeg. Walking via Schilderstraat, you reach one of Rotterdam’s


DID YOU KNOW? The underground shopping arcade that runs under Coolsingel is known locally as the ‘Koopgoot’, or ‘The Buying Gutter’. This passage connects Lijnbaan and Hoogstraat via the Beurs underground station.

shopping and nightlife hotspots, 33 Witte de Withstraat. It’s a great area to visit for interesting shops and galleries or a few refreshing drinks. After turning onto Mauritsweg, Central Station almost comes into view again. But first turn left onto Oude Binnenweg. Passing 34 Binnenwegplein, keep walking until you reach Coolsingel, where you find the office of 35 Rotterdam Tourist Information in the garden of the 17th-century Schielandshuis. The large building to your left with the honeycomb facade, is the Dutch luxury department store 36 De Bijenkorf. Near its entrance stands a famous sculpture by Naum Gabo, beloved by many Rotterdammers. Turn left onto Aert van Nesstraat, passing 37 Lijnbaan with its celebrated post-war era flats, until you arrive at 38 Schouwburgplein. This square is home to both the concert hall 39 De Doelen and 40 Theater Rotterdam. From here it’s only a short walk to Rotterdam Central Station.

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FOOD, FASHION & DESIGN TOUR Rotterdam is a city where creative professionals of all ages can make their dreams reality. They open their own restaurants, breweries, boutiques or galleries and join forces to create the most surprising and inspiring environments. Discover some of these hotspots during this 9-km walk.


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FOOD, FASHION & DESIGN TOUR WALKING ROUTE 9 KM

Rotterdam is a city where creative professionals of all ages can make their dreams reality. Opening their own beer garden, for instance. Erecting a pedestrian bridge that links two different districts. Covering the roof of an office building with an urban meadow. Starting their own restaurant. Transforming a former railway line into a public park. Organising a farmers’ market in a working-class neighbourhood, with regionally sourced products. Setting up a brewery in a vacant building. Breathing new life into a post-war monument. Opening a new concept store or bistro. Launching an unconventional sneaker store, cocktail boutique or groundbreaking art gallery. Together they can create the most surprising and inspiring environments – where there’s always something going on. Explore these hotspots on this exciting 9-km walk. This may be the shortest route in our guide, but we recommend reserving the most time for it. Because at some of the locations you’ll be sure to stick around longer – there’s no way you could resist. Enjoy!


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MUST DO! Are you a fan of street art? The area around the Luchtsingel is full of murals. Take the Rewriters Street Art (App) Route to discover all sorts of art in the public space.

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Exit 1 Rotterdam Central Station on the side of the tram stops and walk past the rear of 2 Delftse Poort towards 3 Luchtsingel. This takes you to the 4 Biergarten, which usually buzzes with activity into the wee hours – particularly on a warm summer’s eve. Walk to the top of the yellow stairs until you reach the entrance to the 5 Schieblock building. Take the lift to the top floor, where you can step onto a rooftop meadow, complete with flowers, bees, vegetable gardens, a view of the city and a restaurant called Op het Dak. Returning to street level, you can continue walking along the Luchtsingel until it takes you across the tracks to 6 Luchtpark Hofbogen. The roof of this former railway station has been transformed into a green oasis in the heart of the city and is often used for festivals. Directly below the Luchtpark, in the Hofbogen are all sorts of stylish venues, including a stage, club and the restaurant 7 Bird, the flower shop 8 ’s Zomers and 9 Brewpub Reijngoud. Across the street, you can play boules at 10 Mooie Boules. Further down are other fun establishments like 11 Man Met Bril Koffie and 12 COPPI Koffie & Fietsen. Behind the building of the Grafisch Lyceum lies 13 Waterplein Benthemplein, designed by De Urbanisten. This square serves as a reservoir for excess water during heavy rain and is also popular with skateboarders and basketball players. Stroll along Zomerhofstraat through the ZOHOkwartier (ZOmerHOfkwartier). This neighbourhood will be given a complete overhaul over the next few years. Onwards


DID YOU KNOW? You’re walking along the banks of the Rotte. Nowadays this river, which meanders from Rotterdam’s back garden to the city centre, is mostly used for leisure and relaxation.

to 14 Noordplein. Is it a Saturday, by any chance? Then you’re in luck: every week, Rotterdamse Oogst organises their Weekmarkt where farmers from the region sell a wide range of local products. Cross over towards 15 Zwaanshals and discover one design shop, vintage boutique and pop-up store after the other. Have lunch at 16 Hopper or browse at 17 Isis Inc, 18 Whiskybase and 19 Volle Kast: it’s definitely a great area to while away a few hours.

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Feeling hungry? Thirsty? Maybe just peckish? Visit the courtyard of Zaagmolenkade 46, where 20 Brouwerij Noordt has set up in an old fire station. Over on Noordplein, you can find 21 Lof der Zoetheid – a popular spot for Rotterdam locals to meet for coffee and cake – as well as the new restaurant 22 Fermin. After walking along Rechter Rottekade and Lombardkade, you can stroll via Goudsesingel past the seductive shop windows of 23 Meent into the city centre. After reaching Oppert, the centuriesold 24 Laurenskerk comes into view. The philosopher Erasmus was born not too far from here, and you can find his statue on Grote Kerkplein. Walk past the Laurenskerk along 25 Binnenrotte and continue via Nieuwemarkt and Bredestraat until your reach 26 Het Industriegebouw. This iconic 15


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DID YOU KNOW? The 6-m-tall sculpture in front of the Markthal is a homage to the Rotterdam comic book artist Marten Toonder, best known for his creation Olivier B. Bommel.

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post-war design by architect Huig Maaskant has been transformed into a multi-business complex for creative entrepreneurs. Breakfast and lunch bar 27 By Jarmusch is a popular local meeting place. Proceed towards 28 Oostplein until your route dips back into the centre via Hoogstraat. Along the way are all sorts of interesting addresses like the sneaker Walhalla 29 Woei and the 30 Barrelproof cocktail boutique. Feel free to drop by 31 Garage Rotterdam for their latest art exhibition. Walk past Rotterdam’s 32 Central Public Library to reach Binnenrotte. And there it is: Rotterdam’s celebrated 33 Markthal! Continue via the Blaak railway station to admire the 34 Cube Houses. The Overblaak pedestrian bridge, leads you under these unique homes to 35 Oude Haven. Did you spot the 36 Witte Huis yet? For many years, this early skyscraper was the tallest building in Europe. It is one of the few buildings in the city centre that survived the Rotterdam Blitz. You can see all sorts of houseboats moored along Wijnhaven. One of them is the 37 Wikkelboat, a sustainable tiny house out on the water. The bright red lightship 38 Vessel 11 has been converted into a British gastro pub and music stage. To its right is a square, with 39 The Destroyed City, the famous sculpture by


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Ossip Zadkine. It symbolises the bombing of Rotterdam, which tore the heart out of the old city. Cross the water via the floating 40 Kraneschipbrug, which takes you straight through the museum harbour of the nearby 41 Maritime Museum Rotterdam. Continue along Coolsingel towards 42 Rotterdam City Hall. The monumental 43 Schielandshuis is on your right. Drop in to take the Rotterdam Discovery tour (free of charge): a short, interactive journey through the city’s past, present and future. Turn right just before City Hall to enter the tranquil green courtyard. It’s an oasis in the bustling city, and a well-kept secret – even among locals! Behind City Hall lies the 44 Timmerhuis, designed by the architects of OMA. Its occupants include Museum Rotterdam and BrewDog Outpost Rotterdam. Cross Coolsingel and continue along Kruiskade, past the 45 Old Luxor Theater towards 46 Schouwburgplein. Have a look around when you reach Schouwburgplein. In one corner of the square, there’s a massive artwork, 47 Calypso Falls by Rick Messemaker & Monique Benthin. It resembles a roaring torrent of water and is eerily realistic. Return via 48 Kruisplein to Rotterdam Central Station – ending your tour.

DID YOU KNOW? Rotterdam has over 1,000 works of art in the public space. Pick up the Sculpture International Rotterdam booklet at Rotterdam Tourist Information and discover hidden gems across the city.

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THE BEST OF WEST CYCLING ROUTE 14 KM

This 14-km cycling tour takes you from the city centre deep into the heart of Rotterdam-West. At first, most of the sights along the way are familiar enough: Hofpleinvijver, Coolsingel, the Schielandshuis and the Euromast. But as soon as you start following the water in the direction of the terminal cranes, your surroundings quickly become more unusual – and a lot less polished. This is where you can find the Floating Farm, as well as the ‘dream factory’ set up by artist Daan Roosegaarde. Or the food garden at Keilewerf, where you’re free to drop in. The route also takes you past architectural icons like the Van Nelle Factory and the Justus van Effenblok. You truly get the best of West! 22


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DID YOU KNOW? The French emperor Napoleon stayed at the 17th-century Schielandshuis in the company of his consort Marie Louise and a host of retainers. The cast-iron fence that normally surrounds the townhouse was removed for the occasion.

Depart from 1 Rotterdam Central Station and set course to Hofplein. The 2 Fountain at Hofplein is Rotterdammers’ favourite location for celebrating local victories. Quite a few Feyenoord supporters have gotten themselves soaking wet in its basin at some point. Turn right onto Coolsingel. To the left, you see 3 Rotterdam City Hall, flanked by the old 4 Post Office, which is being redeveloped into POST Rotterdam: a mixed-use residential tower that also houses a hotel and catering establishments. After passing the 5 WTC and 6 De Bijenkorf department store, you can look down on the underground shopping promenade Koopgoot (The Buying Gutter). Can you make out the 7 Schielandshuis, tucked away between the buildings on the opposite side of the road? It is the only 17th-century building to have survived in the city centre. Nowadays, the monumental building houses Rotterdam Tourist Information, where you can visit Rotterdam Discovery or Restaurant Het Schielandshuis. Continuing your route brings you to Churchillplein. This square is also where you find 8 Cascade, a sculpture by local artist Joep van Lieshout. A bit further on, to your left, you can see a small lighthouse, a grain elevator and various historical vessels. They belong to the outdoor collection of 9 Maritime Museum Rotterdam. Just before 10 Erasmusbrug, you need to

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MUST DO! Curious to see what Rotterdam’s skyline looks like from the water? Board the bright yellow amphibious bus of Splashtours to see a variety of highlights – and literally dive into the Nieuwe Maas.

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turn right and, immediately afterwards, left, towards Willemskade. This is the landing and departure stage for 11 Spido’s boat tours of the port. From here, you can take the Waterbus to RDM at Heijplaat, among other destinations (see page 27). Continuing your route, you soon arrive at one of the most picturesque settings in Rotterdam: 12 Veerhaven. Feel free to take a break, so you can enjoy the view of Erasmusbrug and, across the river, 13 De Rotterdam, the 14 Cruise Terminal and the headquarters of the Port Authority, the 15 World Port Center. Behind this skyline, you can see Katendrecht, with the famous steam ship 16 ss Rotterdam moored at the tip of the peninsula. Feel like a drink? Why not have one at the historic tavern 17 De Ballentent, a household name among locals. Cycle past the entrance to the 18 Maastunnel bike entrance and the 19 Chinese Boat. To your right, you can see the 20 Euromast. Turn left in the direction of Delfshaven. Feel like another break? 21 Rauwdouwer, 22 De Machinist and the authentic café 23 Verhip are all great places to have lunch. Now we’ll be venturing deeper into Rotterdam-West.


MUST DO! From Marconiplein, you can cycle over to Schiedam in no time. An array of buildings and the six tallest windmills in historical Schiedam town centre recall the time when the town was the international centre of jenever production.

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We pass 24 Lloyd Multiplein and arrive at 25 De Kroon, a multi-business complex for creators, thinkers and doers. You may want to step off for a moment to check out the Culture Campsite: a campsite that features unique works of art that you can sleep in. At Bartel Wiltonkade, you can find artist Florentijn Hofman’s 26 Five Paper Boats, which recall the history of this port area. Proceeding via Spanjaardstraat and 3e Schansstraat, you enter a neighbourhood you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find in Rotterdam: 27 Historic Delfshaven. Discover Historic Delfshaven on foot (see page 27). To continue your journey, head over to Vierhavenstraat. One thing you won’t see at first glance – since you need to go up the stairs first – is the expansive 28 Dakpark, a rooftop park situated on top of the Big Shops. Cross over and cycle past the 29 HAKA building on the opposite side of the street. This takes you into the Rotterdam Makers District, where local start-ups and artists are jointly inventing the future. Its attractions include the ‘dream factory’ by 30 Daan Roosegaarde, 31 Keilewerf with the Food Garden and 32 Atelier Van Lieshout, which has a sculpture garden. Proceed via Benjamin Franklinstraat to Marconistraat. 25


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DID YOU KNOW? Essenburgpark is an urban nature area between the RotterdamSchiedam railway line and Essenburgsingel. The park is jointly maintained by local residents, the water board and the Municipality and doubles as a floodplain – to help keep the neighbourhood dry.

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Visit the creative ‘sanctuary’ 33 Weelde and the innovative 34 Floating Farm (see page 25). From 35 Marconiplein, you continue cycling until you reach Spaansebocht, where you can consider stopping at the 36 Justus van Effencomplex. Built in 1922, this was a ground-breaking housing complex in its time, and is still recognised today as a monument of 20th-century architecture. Cycling on, you pass 37 Het Kasteel – the stadium of the football club Sparta, in other words – and the iconic 38 Van Nelle Factory. Cross 39 Beukelsbrug and continue until you’ve passed the 40 Mevlana Mosque, then turn left onto Essenburgsingel. You can now cycle along the stately Heemsraadssingel until you reach the 41 Coolhaven underground station. Coolhaven is also where you can find 42 Museum ’40-’45 NU, which is devoted to the events of the Second World War and the massive Rotterdam blitz of 1940. Continue along Rochussenstraat in the direction of Museumpark, where you can visit 43 Het Nieuwe Instituut, 44 Huis Sonneveld, the 45 Kunsthal, the 46 Natural History Museum Rotterdam and the 47 Chabot Museum. After crossing the water just behind conference and debating centre 48 Arminius, turn left and go in the direction of 49 Eendrachtsplein. Cycle down Mauritsweg to reach the end of your tour. Welcome back to Rotterdam Central Station!

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A A Take along your bike and board the Waterbus departing for RDM (Heijplaat). Heijplaat is a village that was built especially for the shipyard that used to repair and build vessels like SS Rotterdam. Today, it has been transformed into an innovation hub that is buzzing with enterprise, education and research. After visiting RDM, you can return by Waterbus or cycle back via Waalhaven and Zuiderpark.

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B Park your bike and venture out on foot to discover Historic Delfshaven. This is where the Pilgrim Fathers departed for the New World in 1620, and it’s one of the few parts of the city that survived the aerial bombardment of 1940. Sights in Delfshaven include 50 Korenmolen De Distilleerketel, 51 Stadsbrouwerij De Pelgrim, the 52 Pilgrim Fathers’ Church and various antique shops.

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Rotterdam is generally thought of as a bustling, rather rugged city, with lots of tall buildings, wide lanes and the largest port industrial area in Europe. Yet it is also a very green town, with all sorts of picturesque sights and settings. Discover this ‘softer’ side to the City on the Maas on this 17-km cycling tour. It will take you past city parks, green canal banks, gardens and cemeteries. You’ll be cycling around Kralingse Plas, through the woods of Kralingse Bos, past the Arboretum and you even have to option of jumping the river to Zuid by taking a Waterbus at De Esch. And some of the stops along the way aren’t just literally green, but also figuratively – like Blue City, a former water park that has been transformed into a circular mini city where there’s no such thing as waste. After this, your route takes you through various neighbourhoods in Noord and Oost until you once again reach the heart of the city: Rotterdam Central Station. Along the way, there are loads of places to grab a bite to eat or have a drink, but be sure to take along a picnic blanket if you enjoy relaxing in the sun!


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NOORD EXPLORED A 17-km cycling route takes you past all the highlights of Rotterdam-Noord. From the hip ZoHo district via the working-class neighbourhood of Crooswijk to Kralingse Plas and Kralingse Bos. After that, you can cycle along the waterfront in Rotterdam-Oost until you reach the centre again. Along the way, you’ll discover all sorts of interesting spots and sights, offering both culture and nature!


Start at 1 Rotterdam Central Station. Cycle along the bike tunnel and exit to the rear of the station. Here, you can fill your water bottle from the free public tap. Bonus route A Turning left here takes you to 2 Blijdorp Rotterdam Zoo and 3 Vroesenpark (see page 32). Turn right onto Proveniersstraat. Cross Schiekade, which takes you to Teilingerstraat. Cycle along Benthemstraat. See that large blue square with all those stairs to your right? 4 Waterplein Benthemplein is not only popular with basketball players and skateboarders, but it also doubles as a reservoir during heavy MUST DO! rain. It was designed by De Urbanisten. If you decide to visit Blijdorp Go straight on until you reach the bridge. Rotterdam Zoo, be Immediately after the bridge turn left onto sure download the Noordsingel. To your right lies the former 5 Diergaarde Blijdorp Noordsingel penitentiary, which will get a App and follow the new lease on life as a residential building. special heritage and You’re cycling through the Liskwartier. This botanical route. friendly residential area has a number of popular neighbourhood restaurants like 6 Tines and 7 Osteria Liz. The former school at Koningsveldestraat 14, is now the home base of all sorts of creative businesses. If you like, you can stop to check out the art at 8 Galerie Untitled or grab a coffee in the lovely garden of 9 De Kok en de Tuinman. Take a trip around the Bergse Plassen Bonus route B (see page 32). Continue your route via Gordelweg, which takes you along the banks of Noorderkanaal

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MUST DO! Interested in seeing more of Kralingen? Check out Lusthofstraat, Kralingen’s foremost shopping street. It’s named after a former country estate called ‘Lusthof’ (‘Pleasure Garden’).

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until you reach the 10 Rotte. Turn right just before the 11 Crooswijk Public Cemetery and continue along the Rotte. Feel free to park your bike near 12 Zaagmolenkade and Zwaanshals for a bit of shopping. This area offers all sorts of interesting shops like 13 Olga Korstanje (bags and design), 14 Sober Collective (art) and 15 Showroom 41 (vintage clothing). Cross 16 Noorderbrug and enter Crooswijksekade (along the water, on the right-hand side). Continue along Spiegelnisserkade. Crossing another bridge, 17 Boezembrug, puts you on the bike path adjacent to Sophiakade. The next stretch of your route takes you along the banks of the Boezem. Similar to Kinderdijk, this dike used to have a row of eight windmills that would raise the water level from that of the Rotte to that of the Maas. Next stop: talk about green! This oasis is called 18 Kralingse Plas, and your tour will take you all the way around the lake. Along the way, there are loads of things to see and do: from stroking the goats at the petting zoo 19 De Kraal, scrambling around the 20 Fun Forest climbing park and visiting the 21 deer park to getting an ice cream at 22 De Eekhoorn. Cycling along the Plaszoom, you pass the 23 Tuin van de Vier Windstreken, a great place to stop a bite. If you’re lucky, the historical windmills 24 De Ster and De Lelie may even be open. Continue via Kortekade and the elegant Hoflaan until you reach Honingerdijk, where you need to turn left. A bit further down, you pass 25 Trompenburg Tuinen & Arboretum and the 26 stadium of Excelsior football club. 33


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DID YOU KNOW? Rotterdam has smart traffic lights for cyclists: thanks to a special rain sensor, cyclists don’t have to wait as long for a green light and predictor panels indicate how many seconds it will take.

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Turn right and cross the road at 27 Erasmus University Rotterdam. You have now entered De Esch, where you can spot an old 28 Water Tower as well as the green oasis of 29 De Plantage. At Plantagelaan, you can board a little ferry that takes you to Piekstraat on Feijenoord (see page 32). Next we’ll be cycling back to the centre via Maasboulevard, which was raised after 1953 to protect the city against flooding. Enjoy the view! Many locals say this point offers one of the best views of Rotterdam’s skyline. To your left, is the former indoor water park 30 Tropicana, which creative pioneers have transformed into Blue City: a circular mini city where there’s no such thing as waste. The former water slide houses Bar/ restaurant 31 Aloha whose chefs make all sorts of tasty dishes from residual flows. At Oostplein, you can find the 32 Monument for the Marines, which commemorates the Dutch marines who died defending Rotterdam in 1940. Keep cycling along the Nieuwe Maas, passing 33 Willemsbrug, 34 Oude Haven and 35 Binnenrotte, where you can also find the 36 Markthal. After reaching Boompjes, a popular route among runners, you can refill your bottle at another 37 free public tap. Turn right at the foot of 38 Erasmusbrug, near the war memorial 39 De Boeg. After passing 40 Maritime Museum Rotterdam and its museum harbour, you arrive at Coolsingel. Cycle back via Coolsingel and 41 Hofplein to where the whole adventure started: Rotterdam Central Station.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE EVEN FURTHER? EXTRA ROUTES: NOORD EXPLORED

A A You can cycle to 2 fBlijdorp Rotterdam Zoo via Bentincklaan. The zoo’s characteristic entrance was designed by architect Sybold van Ravesteyn. No fewer than 21 national monuments by this architect are found on the grounds. Ride past the green 3 fVroesenpark to Gordelweg to reconnect with the main route.

1 kilometre extra

B Cycle down Rozenlaan to reach the Kleiwegkwartier. As you ride along Ringdijk, you pass by the Wilgenhof petting zoo and Plaswijckpark. Ride around the lakes of Bergse Achterplas and Bergse Voorplas via the swish neighbourhood of Hillegersberg – known locally as ‘Hillbilly’ – and the Rotte until you’re back on Gordelweg.

6 kilometres extra

C On weekdays, you can take Waterbus Line 19 from De Esch (Plantagelaan) to Piekstraat on Feijenoord. Cycle via Piekstraat, Persoonsdam and Damstraat, turn left at Oranjeboomstraat, and then right at the next turn, to end on Rosestraat. Here, you can pay a visit to the urban gardens of Rotterdamse Munt, before you head on in the direction of Noordereiland and Willemsbrug to pick up the main route again at Boompjes.

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