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Planning a short break to Rotterdam? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Rotterdam. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Rotterdam. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Blijdorp Zoo

Blijdorplaan 8, Rotterdam. This zoo is one of the most popular attractions in the Netherlands. It has been divided into sections representing different parts of the world

All the animals are housed in environments emulating their natural habitat in which they feel perfectly at home.

There is also the Gorilla Island, which is part of the African continent, an owl enclosure as well as bat cave to name a few. The recently built Oceanarium that takes you on a magical voyage through the water world of exotic fish species, playful otters, sharks and penguins.

Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm in summer and from 9 am to 5 pm in winter. Admission for adults is EUR14,50 and children EUR11,50. To get there take Tram 3 or bus 32, 33 RET Oceaniumzijde or bus 44 RET Rivièrahalzijde

For more information visit - www.diergaardeblijdorp.nl

Pannenkoekenboot

Parkhaven, Rotterdam. Spend a leisurely hour on the "Pancake boat" and eat as many pancakes as you want while taking in the beautiful skyline of Rotterdam. You will have a choice between apple, plain and bacon pancakes with extra toppings like cheese, ham, fruit as well as the typical Dutch chocolate sprinkles (hageslag). Syrup and sugar is available on each table. As this is a popular trip, please make a booking to avoid disappointment. Admission for adults is EUR12,00 and children 12 years and older pay EUR7,00.

See www.pannenkoekenboot.nl

Rotterdam ByCycle

Meent 335, Rotterdam. This is a fun and sporty way to get to know Rotterdam. You have a choice of different excursions all of which is led by a tour guide. You can take a tour through the Inner City which will take you along the Oude Haven, through the Museumpark and the Scheepsvaartkwartier. On the two and a half hour Oud en Nieuwbou tour, you will experience architecture from the past 100 years, from the beautiful White Villas from the 30s to the latest modern buildings. To get there take Tram 1, 3, 20, Metro Stadhuis.

For more information go to: www.rotterdambycycle.nl

Maritiem Museum

Leuvehaven 1, Rotterdam. The basis of this maritime museum and its collection was already laid in 1852 when Prince Hendrik (1820-1879) ordered the building of the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Yachtclub. At that time only club members were allowed, but in 1874 it was opened to the public as a museum. The collection contains about half a million maritime objects including models of ships, paintings and drawings, a cartographic collection with atlases, navigational charts and globes, photos, films, videos, navigational instruments, furniture, personal documents and clothes to name a few. The museum has quite a few semi-permanent displays including an interactive display for children. Check the website to see what displays are planned during your visit. Open from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission for adults is EUR5,00 and children younger than 15 pay EUR3,00. To get there take the Metro Beurs/Churchillplein or Tram 1, 8, 20 or bus route 32 RET.

For more information: www.maritiemmuseum.nl

Delfshaven

The harbour is about 45 minutes walk southwest of Centraal Station or you can take Tram 6 or 9 which will get you there in 15 minutes. This it the harbour where the Pilgrims set sail for America in 1620. In 1886 Delfshaven was incorporated into Rotterdam. It was virtually untouched by the devastation of WWII and managed to stay almost intact. After being neglected for a long time it was restored as a tourist attraction. It has been preserved to look as much as it did centuries ago with the exception of the addition of a few trendy restaurants on the waterfront.

Centrummarkt

Binnenstad, Rotterdam. Spend a day in the biggest market in Rotterdam with row upon row of over 450 stalls selling anything and everything your heart desires. The market is filled with quality clothes, music CDs, jewellry and lots more. Treat yourself to a some traditional Dutch delicacies or purchase that Eastern wonder cure you've been searching for all your life. Want to buy a women's corset from days gone by? Yes, you will find it here too! Take some time to watch the stall workers in action. These guys are a breed of their own. and they will entertain you with their jokes and description of their wares. Open on Tuesdays from 8 am to 5.30 pm, Fridays from 12 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 12 am to 5 pm.

Hilton Rotterdam

Weena 10, Rotterdam. The Hilton in Rotterdam is situated in the heart of the business centre surrounded by all the shopping and entertainment areas. A touch of luxury and an emphasis on customer service, makes this five star hotel ideal for your stay over. The hotel is within walking distance of the Central Station and the taxi service provides a direct link to and from the airport. A taxi departs every 30 minutes to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and every 15 minutes to Rotterdam International Airport. The gym, golf course, pool and tennis court will provide you with ample ways to relax. The Cafe serves as the breakfast restaurant where the famous Hilton Breakfast is served. The buffet serves all your favourite breakfast goodies. The Lounge is where you can enjoy one of the Chef's exquisite dishes or indulge in ht traditional afternoon tea with all the trimmings.

Please visit www.rotterdam.hilton.com

Dudok Cafe Brasserie

Meent 88, Rotterdam. Situated in the heart of Rotterdam, this impressive eatery has a lively and vibrant atmosphere. It's a favorite meeting place for locals as well as visitors. The affordable food and uncomplicated service combined with the beautiful architecture, art and culture make this place well worth visiting. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and their well known coffee with Dudok Apple Pie. The brasserie serves a wonderful dinner with a the menu that provides a wide range of Mediterranean dishes. The patisserie has the most delicious range of tarts, muffins and quiches to eat there or to take away.

For details visit www.dudok.nl/index.php?pageID=128

Calypso

Mauritsweg 5, Rotterdam. If you love music and you like to dance, this is the place to go. This intimate disco/club plays music from the 70s right throughout ot the 00s. On the 1st Saturday of every month the evening is dedicated to the 90s, with songs by Dr Alban right through to Nirvana. On the 2nd Saturday the 80s is featured and you will be dancing to Wham, Madonna, Prince and other favourites from that era. The 3rd Saturday revolves around the hits from the 80s and the 90s. A real trip down memory lane. And the last and 4th Saturday of the month is Dance Night, when anything from the Bee Gees, The Beatles through to Pearl Jam will have you rocking the night away.

View more details at www.calypso-rotterdam.com

Euromast and Space Adventure

Parkhaven 20, Rotterdam. At 185 meters, the Euromast is the highest tower in the Netherlands and from here you'll be able to have a wonderful view of Rotterdam and the surrounding areas. The super fast automatic lifts will transport you to the different platforms and for the those who are feel like an adrenaline rush there is the Space Cabin. The lift shoots up like a rocket and then rotates all the way to the top of the tower. If this exhilarating experience gave you an appetite you can have something to eat on the Euromast.

The restaurant serves lunch as well as dinner. Having dinner while sitting watching the sun set or having the thousands of lights of the surrounding Rotterdam as decor, makes this an unforgettable experience.

Open daily from 9.30 am to 11 pm in summer and from 10 am to 11pm in winter. Admission for adults is EUR7,75 and children from 4 to 11 pay EUR5. Admission for children younger than 4 is free. Tram 8 will get you there.

See www.euromast.com

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