The friendly bloke at the tourist information center near Churchill plein, a place in Dutch town Rotterdam named after the famous British politician, has the right answers.

Being asked about the places you have to see on a one-day-trip to the harbour town, he replies: Market Hall, Oudehaven (which means old harbour), Museumpark (where recently a Peter Lindbergh exhibition takes place) and Witte de Withstraat.

The latter is a street dominated by small and independent shops, local places for food, as well as hostels. Our recommended destination: King Kong Hostel at Witte de Withstraat 74. Wooden interior, Hawaiian style and good food as well.

From Witte de Withstraat it is only a walk of a few minutes to get to Kunsthal Rotterdam. “A different vision on fashion photography”, showcasing the work of German photographer and filmmaker Peter Lindbergh, is the most recent exhibition – open until February 12, 2017, the likes of Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer included.

Heading east from Kunsthal, you get back to Oudehaven (some cafés there), the large Market Hall with permanent stalls for food and to the open air market of Binnenrotte street.

To get to the Feyenoord Stadium area, where the local soccer club is located at, you have to cross the river Nieuwe Maas with one of the bridges. Such as modern Erasmusbrug.

Rotterdam itself, a town of around 610.000 people and dominated by modern and tall buildings, is located around 30 kilometres from the open sea. Visit beach town Hoek van Holland for a large and very clean beach – not affected by Europe’s largest harbour near by.

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