Rotterdam City Centre District

Rotterdam City Centre Area

The City Centre of Rotterdam is has an interesting history. Being bombed in WWII and the cheap and fast constructed buildings which followed after the war was long a reason that this area was a place not to be. However, this change rapidly from 2000. Now, this area has a great variety of bars & restaurants, has a beautiful Central Station and skyscrapers are popping out of the group.

City Centre on Google Maps

The Rotterdam City Centre area can be found basically between Central Station and the river the “De Maas” as can be seen on the map below.

Rotterdam City Centre Area
Rotterdam City Centre Area. Source: Google Maps

The City Centre can be characterized a fast developing area mainly on new skyscrapers. Also this is the place where you will find the greatest amount of short stay and furnished apartments. Famous buildings as the Red Apple building ,Euromast, Cube-buildings and the Markthal in Rotterdam can be found here. Also a Park can be found in this area (see below).

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Het Park Rotterdam

Accessibility

With the Central Station and Station Blaak in this area this area is easy to access by public transport. Also there are several subway tracks which can bring you all across the city centre. Even by car it is quite easy to reach but prepare to be in traffic during rush hours!

Leisure

You can find several things to do here from nice bars & restaurants on the Witte de With street as well as museums.

Bars and Restaurants

Museum

Rotterdam City Centre Apartments

You can find a great deal of mainly furnished and short stay apartments here. You can expect amongst the highest prices here in Rotterdam, but in return you will be rewarded with a great location. And if you are lucky to stay in one of the high buildings as well, you will have an awesome view as well! To compare with other area, check out our furnished apartments page!

Rotterdam Kralingen District

Rotterdam Kralingen is one of the most populair areas in Rotterdam. Whether you are a student or family, this is a great place to stay! Kralingen is very centrally located but has this old town feeling. You will be in town with 5 minutes bike tour. Also, if you are a student, this is a perfect area to stay since it so close to the Erasmus University.

The downside of this popularity are the prices of the area, they can be quite high!

Rotterdam Kralingen
Rotterdam Kralingen

Kralingse Plas

Kralingen is located next to the “Kralingse Plas”. This is the biggest park of Rotterdam and one of the reasons of its popularity. The park has a big lake in the middle where people can rent a sailing boat and enjoy the outdoors. Next to there are two nice Bar/Restaurants to be found there called De Tuin and De Schone Lei. Both are located at the water and especially De Schone Lei has a great view in the evening with the Rotterdam skyline in the back.

Kralingse plas Rotterdam
Kralingse plas Rotterdam

Housing Rotterdam Kralingen

Housing can be quite expensive in Kralingen due to its popularity. Expect to pay at least € 1000,- a month for a 50-60m2 bedroom. Maybe a better option is the rent a room for around € 500 – € 600 euros a month (excluding utilities). If this is not in your budget, check out areas in Rotterdam Noord /Blijdorp or even Rotterdam Zuid. If you like a more metropolitan feeling, check out the city centre area.

Please not that Rotterdam Kralingen has really nice buildings and really ugly ones. The latter were build just after WW2 and were build cheaply. Try to stay away from them or you would not enjoy the real Rotterdam Kralingen feeling!

Restaurants & Bars

Rotterdam Kralingen is very popular amongst students and hence the great offer of nice bars and restaurants. As said above “De Tuin” and “De Schone Lei” are nice option especially for eating and drinking the summer. In winter, you should try Locus Publicus, a very cosy bar specialize in serving all kinds of beer with a nice fireplace in winter.