Rotterdam is a beautiful Dutch pearl right at the Atlantic ocean. The city has one of the biggest ports on this planet, so you can imagine what industrial influence there is ruling. This usually leaves much space for creativity and art!

We are keen to share with you our 5 secret tips Rotterdam. This guide was created in cooperation with Ani&Haakien Hostel, the 5 Star Hostel in Rotterdam. Within this guide, we will introduce you to 5 secret recommendations for Rotterdam. Travel tips you won’t find anywhere else

Those “rottermendations“, as well call them, are written by friends for friends. Make sure you also check out our 5 local tips for Amsterdam as well our 5 travel tips for Haarlem in the Netherlands. Chances are, you will heading as well to Belgium, right?! We got you covered. Take a look at the secret tips Ghent and for the hidden gem of Leuven.

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Our Geeky Travel Guide Rotterdam includes secret tips for:

  1. A cool Skyline Bar with the best drinks in town
  2. Hungry? We got plenty of foody options for you!
  3. The locals love this Open-Air bar for some Chill-Out – cool spot to mingle with the locals!
  4. A green place to relax, and to take your cliche windmill photo
  5. Unique Cooking Classes and Bistro – exclusively open just once a week!

Artsy 5 Star Hostel in Rotterdam – Ani & Haakien Hostel

The unique Ani&Haakien Hostel in Rotterdam is the 5 Star Hostel in Rotterdam. It is a homely hostel with an artistic vibe, made for the slow and tranquil traveler. The team behind Ani&Haakien makes the hostel a special place. Chill in their green garden, listen to live music concerts, and join the dinner nights. Also, a great recommendation is the architecture tour, provided by Ani&Haakien Hostel.

Our Booking recommendation: You can find the lowest prices for a booking directly on the website of Ani&Haakien Hostel. Find this recommendation and 10 more booking hacks in detail here. Make sure you pack your backpack for the hostel right away – we even included a packing list for free download.

Secret Tips Rotterdam and Ani&Haakien Hostel

Hostel Packing List

It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.

The most important things to pack are: Read the full packing list here. Download Hostel Packing List