Rotterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the tulip country of the Netherlands, which preserves its beauty during all seasons. Therefore, it is the ideal destination for a city trip all year round, even on a rainy day! The chance it may rain if you stay in the Netherlands for several days is a known fact. Most Dutch people are of course used to the unpredictable weather and tourists are often amazed when they see Rotterdam residents cycling through the heaviest rain showers.

No desire, like the Dutch, to face the bad weather and get wet? Very reasonable! However, don’t let a few rainstorms spoil your holiday in Rotterdam because there are also a lot of fun indoor activities worth visiting. We have selected some of our favorite trips especially for you as inspiration for a rainy day in Rotterdam.

1. Hop on and hop off the bus

Let yourself be driven through the centre of Rotterdam in a wonderfully heated bus. The famous Hop on Hop off-bus will take you along all the highlights of the city so you won’t have to miss anything during bad weather. Moreover, you stay warm and dry and you can enjoy an audio guide, easy! This is also an ideal way for elderly people or those who are struggling walking to discover the city.

2. See Rotterdam as a miniature

Do you really want to visit the city but rather not during bad weather? Miniworld Rotterdam is the perfect place to discover the city up close. A city walk without getting wet along Rotterdam’s City Hall, the Erasmus Bridge and many more Rotterdam icons.

3. Go on a shopping spree 

Rotterdam is a true paradise for shopaholics: you’ll find a huge range of stores! You can choose to take shelter of the rain in the many shops of the famous shopping streets Van Oldenbarneveltstraat and Coolsingel or you can choose to go shopping in an indoor mall. By the way, shopping mall Zuidplein is the largest indoor shopping mall in the Netherlands and therefore the perfect location to do some shopping and stay completely dry.

4. Visit the busy Market Hall

The iconic market hall is a must do if you’ve never been to Rotterdam: it’s definitely the place to be for food lovers. Because this market is covered, it’s an excellent place to hide away when the weather is bad and enjoy the fresh dishes. You will find a variety of food stalls, shops and restaurants. Many of these stalls also have seats to relax. Don’t forget to look at the ceiling when entering the market hall because this place is impressive both indoors and outdoors!

5. Step into one of Rotterdam’s top museums

When you visit Rotterdam it is definitely worth visiting one of the museums. You will find a wide variety of museums and it is an excellent educational choice to do in the city. The Kunsthal Rotterdam offers several exhibitions a year of both old masters and contemporary artists. Also the Maritime Museum is a nice museum where you can find a lot of information about shipping. The Dutch Pinball Museum has received the certificate of excellence by visitors with 100 pinball machines from all generations.

Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a resident writer for PREMIER SUITES Rotterdam, which specializes in luxury, full-suite serviced apartments in the heart of Rotterdam city. Writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle is something she finds enjoyable, next to playing the piano. 


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