10 Things for Your Rotterdam Bucket List

By Sana Sardar

Every student comes to Erasmus University with a curious mind to explore as much as possible within the city and beyond! Rotterdam has a lot to offer, in terms of beauty, architecture, food and culture. Here are a few of the places everyone must put on their bucket list when coming to Rotterdam.


  • Euromast: If you want to see the beautiful view of the whole city of Rotterdam this is the place to go. I personally prefer the view at night when all the city lights are on and reflecting on the water around the city, but the day view is spectacular as well.
  • Cubic Houses: Anyone who’s into architecture or aesthetic buildings should definitely visit the cubic houses. They also act as a perfect background for a nice Insta post!

  • Markthal: FOODIES, this one’s for you! Apart from the building being adorned by beautiful artwork it consists of a massive food hall where you can enjoy a variety of delicious snacks and meals!

  • Museums: Although I don’t enjoy going and staring at paintings for hours, Rotterdam’s museums surprised me since they included lots of creativity and made the museum experience a whole lot of fun. Rotterdam has many museums but a few of my favourites are: Kunsthal Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and Maritime Museum. These are just a few but of course, there are many more museums you can visit and enjoy!

  • Rotterdam Zoo/Blijdorp: This can make for a lovely day out with your friends. Its been built beautifully and there are a variety of animals that you can see along with an oceanium.

  • Kralingse Plas: I’m sure most of you have already been here, but this is the perfect place to go for a walk, run, picnic or have a nice BBQ. Its beautiful in all 4 seasons and is the perfect chilling spot for all university students.

  • Arboretum Trompenburg: If you’re into nature this garden is beautiful! My favourite time to visit is in the autumn but it honestly looks amazing throughout the year.

  • The Erasmus Bridge: This is the second largest bridge in the Netherlands. Due to the way it’s built its nicknamed “The Swan”. You’ll have to visit it to understand why!

  • Luchtsingel Bridge: This 400 metre bridge is the world’s first crowdfunded infrastructure project. The bright yellow colour adds some colour to the city and once again acts as a perfect background for some nice pictures!

  • Feyenoord Stadium: If you’re a football fan and want to see what a football stadium looks like you can visit this stadium. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to get tickets for a match and enjoy your experience even more!


Oh and just a tip: If you buy a Rotterdampas, more than half of these sites can be visited for free #studenthacks. Rotterdam has way more to explore than the places mentioned above, but these some of the favourites on many people’s lists!