Rotterdam is not a place you will fall in love at first sight. German and allied bombers targeted Rotterdam in WWII and the entire city had to be rebuilt, so it is not the usual cute canal city, such as Utrecht, Delft or even Amsterdam, you will find all around the Netherlands. You will find yourself in a new futuristic city, famous for its modern architecture and proud of its status as the largest port in Europe.
With a population of 1.5 million inhabitants, Rotterdam is the center of cultural, economic, political and gay life of the southern Netherlands.
The city center is compact and getting around is easy as most of the sights are contained within a small area. You can easily explore walking on your own or with a friendly local Gaybassador who can show you around. To really enjoy the city, you will need at least two days and maybe one more to recover from your exciting Saturday night, as local gay life can be pretty vivid.
Some of the iconic buildings are the impressive Central Station, Erasmus Bridge, the Market Hall
and the massive Rem Koolhaas buildings.
The Museum Park site brings together six museums in the heart of the city. The best known is the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, a museum of painting and fine arts.
After a full day touring, take a break and enjoy your time in the trendy area of Rotterdam, packed with creative restaurants, hipsters cafés, art galleries, antique shops and young designers stalls.
The city, as with all of Netherlands, has a long tradition of liberalism and tolerance. General attitude toward the LGBT community is extremely positive.
The gay area in Rotterdam is around Van Oldenbarneveltstraat and Westblaak.
Even if the gay bars are not as numerous as in Amsterdam, the atmosphere is friendly and gay locals are very welcoming with tourists. Same as anywhere, Rotterdam’s gay bars and clubs are extremely packed on Friday and Saturday nights.
The largest gay event is Rotterdam Gay Pride, which takes place every year in September.
Gay beach close to Rotterdam
The nearby Scheveningen beach is a popular destination. The north of the beach is popular with the locals.
Day trip from Rotterdam
The windmills at Kinderdijk are a group of 19 monumental windmills in the Alblasserwaard polder. It is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands, classified as UNESCO World Heritage site.
Unique museums, lovely walks in this futuristic city, gay bars and trendy restaurants …
Rotterdam is a perfect destination for a cultural or festive weekend when traveling alone, with friends or with your beloved one.
Finally, Rotterdam is strategically positioned to visit Germany, France, Netherland or Belgium, as it is only a few hours trip by car or speed train to visit other fascinating and gay-friendly cities such as Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Lille … and even Paris, London or Berlin.