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Pubs and clubs
Cultural activities

Pubs and clubs:

A café in The Netherlands is what the British call a pub, and the Americans a bar. Rotterdam has hundreds of cafés, spread all over the city. The diversity is enormous. You can spend your evening in a so-called 'bruin' café (pub), in one of the 'grand cafés' or in any other kind of café. People from Rotterdam go to a café to meet friends and acquaintances, to make new friends, to play cards or billiards or simply to chat all evening. During the summer most people go to a café with a terrace, to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful evening.

Once you are studying in Rotterdam, a healthy social life will undoubtedly enhance your stay. Social contacts are very important, especially for exchange students who arrive in a new country with a different culture. It is in fact this particular 'student culture' together with the different 'education culture' which makes a period of study abroad so worthwhile.

Here, a little run-down of some of the pubs and clubs in Rotterdam, you can find many more on and on

ImageBarcode (Oostzeedijk 300a) offers everything for an evening talking or dancing. It has a custom-made interior that reflects the seventies, Saturday night fever and Manhattan.

Concordia (Oostzeedijk 56) is a pub serving meals, but is also a pub to pool, snooker and to play darts. Happy hour on Wednesdays and Sundays makes it a very attractive place for students.

Rotown (Nieuwe Binnenweg 17-19) is the hotspot for music lovers. Regularly there are live performances by unknown bands and rising stars. Have a beer and relax at Rotown!

Off_Corso (Kruiskade 22) used to be an cinema. Off_Corse brings house, hip hop and dance classics. Sometimes, there are exhibitions of young artists.

Nighttown (West-Kruiskade 26-28) has a wide variety of dance flavours to offer visitors. Clubbing, rock, live performances, stand up comedy….. Nighttown is THE pop-stage of Rotterdam.

ImageHyper Hyper (Mauritsweg 5) is a trendy but easy going dance café.  It has a stylish red and white interior that provides perfect surroundings for lounging and dancing. Free entrance.

Vibes (Westersingel 50) is a small and relaxed nightclub. The music varies from R&B throughout disco of the 70’s and Motown.

Las Palmas (Wilhelminakade 66) is a nightclub located at the trendy area head of south. It is an old warehouse and most of the times, house music is played. Famous DJ’s do their thing at Las Palmas.

NOW & WOW (Maashaven zuidzijde 1) is a famous nightclub which has a reputation that can not be beaten by any other club in Rotterdam. This trendy nightclub, located in an old factory, has 3 different areas with electrical style, house and urban tunes. 

Cultural activities:

In Rotterdam, you never have to be bored! Throughout the whole year, activities, events and festivals are organised. Besides that, there are cinemas, musea and many restaurants and shops.

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Museumpark 18-20
Opening hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays: 11.00 till 17.00
Closed on Mondays, 1 January, 29 April and 25 December
Admission: €8/person, on Wednesdays free admission to the museum.

Kunsthal Rotterdam
Opening hours:
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10.00 till 17.00
Sundays and holidays: 11.00 till 17.00
Closed on Mondays, Queen’s day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Admission: €8.5/person

ImageWitte de With, center for contemporary art
Witte de Withstraat 50

Opening hours:
Tuesdays to Sundays: 11.00 till 18.00
Admission: € 3.50 (combined ticket with TENT., €1.75 discount for students

Netherlands Architecture Institute
Museumpark 25
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 till 17:00
Sundays and national holidays: 11:00 till 17:00
Closed on Mondays, January 1, April 29 and December 25
Admission: € 8.00, students € 5

ImageNederlands Fotomuseum
Witte de Withstraat 63
Opening hours
Tuesdays to Sundays: 11.00 till 17.00
Closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, Queen’s Day and Christmas Day
Admission: €3.50

Westblaak 18
Admission: € 8.00 (with discount € 7,00)

Gouvernestraat 133 (close to the central station)
Mondays to Wednesdays: € 6 (with discount € 5,00)
Thursdays to Sundays: € 8 (with discount € 7,00)

ImagePathé De Kuip
Cor Kieboomplein 501 (close to stadium De Kuip)
Admission: € 8.75

Pathé Schouwburgplein
Schouwburgplein 101
Admission: € 8.75

ImageThe International Film Festival offers a quality selection of worldwide independent, innovative and experimental cinema and visual arts. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large and devoted audience in the centre of Rotterdam. The festival takes place in January.

FFWD Heineken Dance Parade is the biggest dance parade in Europe and takes place in August. For five hours floats with hundred of DJs and dancers travel all the way through the centre of Rotterdam. The parade finished with a big party with famous international DJs, playing on different stages.

ImageOn the World Harbour Days, visitors can take a look behind the scene of the Rotterdam harbour. These days take place in the beginning of September. This year, the event will be held on 1-2-3 September 2006.
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ImageOn Queen’s Day, 30 April, the Dutch celebrate the birthday of their queen. Flags fly throughout the country and people are dressed in orange outfits. On that day, queen Beatrix visits two different towns in the Netherlands. Besides this, you’ll see people dancing and making music on the street. Many bars and clubs organise parties featuring popular artists. Especially in Amsterdam and The Hague are famous for their partying until early in the morning.
31, but in honour of her mother, Princess Juliana whose birthday is on April 30, Queen Beatrix celebrates her birthday on that day each year. The highlight of the day is her visit to two different towns in the Netherlands.


Now is the time to discover the shopping paradise of the Netherlands. Rotterdam is different. A vibrant metropolis, whose magnificent skyline is easy to recognise from afar. Armed with eight unique shopping routes you can strip Rotterdam of its special ‘secrets’. The routes vary in length and character. They all have their own ambience and reveal a different aspect of the dynamic shopping city every time.


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