Places to Visit

By Sana Sardar & Bethiah Negussie

Being a student, everyone looks for the perfect weekend getaways to be free from their studies and be able to enjoy themselves with their friends. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We’re going to tell you some of our favorite places to travel to from Rotterdam, for a surprisingly reasonable price :).

  • Paris, France:  Apart from visiting the typical landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum, there’s plenty more to do! For a beautiful view (and the perfect ‘insta-worthy’ picture) going to Montmartre is a huge MUST. Additionally, for some history and more beautiful views, taking a hop-on hop-off boat cruise is a great idea! And of course, don’t forget to try the famous and DELICIOUS crepes that you’ll find everywhere!  
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia: Now, if you’re thinking of places to travel to within Europe, you most probably aren’t thinking of Ljubljana, but we promise you it is worth the experience. If you’re looking for a cheap way to get there, Wanderlust Student Trips is the way to go! There’s plenty to do there in a day, such as visiting the fun-filled streets with live music playing in every corner. The best way to see the whole city is once again taking a boat trip in the beautiful canals. Our favourite architectural sites were the Ljubljana castle and the Cathedral, which we most definitely recommend. And finally, the central market where they sell handmade jewellery, shoes, arts and crafts and of course food is a must see as well!
  • Lake Bled, Slovenia: HANDS DOWN, one of the most beautiful places we have been in our lives. The crystal clear turquoise waters surely took our breath away. The hike to the Bled castle with panoramic views was absolutely breathtaking as well. Spending the day here is the perfect opportunity to swim in the crystal waters, as well as indulge in fun activities such as white water rafting and ziplining!
  • Zagreb, Croatia: One of our favorite moments in Croatia was our trip to the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Parks. The 4 hour hike, with the beautiful waterfalls, and the crystal waters was well worth it. Zagreb too was a great experience, with the lively bars and clubs, amazing views, and the BEST ICE CREAM you will ever eat in your entire life (no exaggeration).

We hope you consider some of these beautiful destinations during your time here in Rotterdam. We as ESN Rotterdam and other organizations (e.g. Wanderlust Student Trips) arrange city trips now and then and have great student prices to there!