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Address: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Nice part of town, make the effort to see it

It's a bit of a walk if you are staying in the city centre but well worth the effort to see historic Rotterdam. Some really nice architecture, with scenic canals and good cafes.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While Rotterdam has been regarded as the forefront of modern Netherlands, Delfshaven survived much bombing of WWII and proudly presents how old meets new. It was the poorest town in the entire Netherlands, but it hosts a lot of good galleries for modern arts, and good restaurants. If you are interested in the less touristy places, Delfshaven definitely will not... More 

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It's a bit of a walk if you are staying in the city centre but well worth the effort to see historic Rotterdam. Some really nice architecture, with scenic canals and good cafes.

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Napa Valley, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Rotterdam was destroyed in WWII, so if you're looking to find the Dutch charm of travel brochures, the only place to go is Delftshaven, the last remaining sliver of the old city. We took the jet boat, which deposited us s short walk away and established a pickup time. The first thing we saw was a working windmill, grinding wheat... More 

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Neutral Bay, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Persuaded by guide books we took a bike ride out here, quite a hike for little reward, the area holds little appeal and the harbour itself rather scruffy and run down, as good if not much better examples of old barges to be found in the maritime harbour and Old harbour.

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Lancashire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Expected better after reading some reviews on here. Whilst the area; canals, cobbled streets and windmill are OK they're nothing to rival those of Amsterdam and as for specialist shops and cafes I don't think so. Not recommended unless you have absolutely nothing else to do.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Thank goodness we visited as it saved what otherwise was a negative view of Rotterdam. At last traditional shops, waterways and peace. Beautiful as is Gouda too.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Went for a dinner in this 'oldest surviving' part of Rotterdam. Quaint and fascinating. Quite enjoyed the drinks and snacks served on a platform over the canal and then into the restaurant for a sit down dinner.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Delfshaven is a nice little area west of downtown. A beautiful piece of Rotterdam. There is nothing wrong with that, in my opinion it lacks liveliness. If you are interested in this kind of typical Dutch architecture, I recommend visitors Delft, Leiden, Utrecht or Amsterdam. Who visiting Rotterdam for beautiful medieval architecture will be disappointed. My advice: Visit Rotterdam fine... More 

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Lisbon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I went there to hang out with my baby boy on a Friday noon. It is just one Canal with the adjacent lanes and houses, the Pilgrims-father church and brewery beside it. We were enchanted. A glimpse of the old Rotterdam before the bombing.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is an excellent place to stroll and take photos of a beautiful historic neighborhood with an inner city harbor. Most of the signs are only in Dutch, so I'd suggest reading a brief overview of the area before heading over. The area is very easy to reach via the #8 tram - get off at the Delfshaven stop and... More 

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