Rotterdam Airport, or Rotterdam The Hague Airport in full, is a small airport. It is however the third largest one of the Netherlands and it mostly offers flights to the coast of the Mediterranean sea. Interestingly, it is a ‘’Silent Airport’’. That means that there won’t be announcements every few minutes. Instead, there are many screens and employees to supply the travelers with all the information they might need. Announcements are still used to reach specific passengers or communicate delays, but otherwise you will be able to enjoy a peaceful silence on the entirety of the airport grounds. When you arrive here, you could use public transport or a taxi ride to get to where you want to go, but ideally you will choose a car rental Rotterdam Airport. This will make everything much smoother and get you around to all the amazing places in the area. If you need Car Rental Amsterdam or The Hague, we can help you as wel!
Facilities at Rotterdam The Hague airport
Being a small airport, there isn’t a plethora of different companies offering the same services. Besides the key shops and food courts, there are however a few different facilities which cover every base a passenger can expect. Below we have illustrated some of these to show you that a small airport can still be big in different ways.
Located right next to the terminal, this hotel has 38 boardrooms and auditoriums in a variety of sizes. Private offices are available as well, for 1 on 1 meetings. In addition there is an event hall that can hold up to 750 people and an auditorium with 152 comfy theatre seats. As you can imagine, the Worldhotel Wings is very useful for business meetings and gatherings of all kinds.
Similarly to the Worldhotel Wings, the Brasserie Waalhaven offers spaces for business meetings and events. In addition to that, it has an amazing kitchen which can serve lunches, dinners and buffets. Perfect for when you want to combine business with relaxation for a group of people.
Rotterdam Airport Hotel
The Rotterdam Airport Hotel is a branch of the Best Western Plus hotel chain and is therefore always a delight to stay at. The rooms are large and tastefully decorated, the service is excellent and there are meeting rooms available here as well!
Societal and environmental friendliness
Last but not least, Rotterdam The Hague Airport is big on societal and environmental friendliness. The airport hosts regular talks with the people who live in its vicinity. An airport can cause issues for those who live near and to help reduce those as much as is possible there is constant conversation between the inhabitants and the airport. Equally important is the environment. Rotterdam The Hague Airport makes sure that the airplanes use modern technology to reduce environmental impact, but also uses birds of prey to keep the runways free of birds. This reduces the amount of noise, which disturbs wildlife, compared to the traditional blank fire-arm shots which are used at a bare minimum.
Interesting sights and things to do in and around Rotterdam
Now that you know some things about the airport you will be arriving at, it is time to talk about how you might want to spend your time in the area. There are many different things to do in the region and amazing sights to visit as well. One could say there is actually far too much, but when you use a car rental from Rotterdam Airport you will save loads of time and see a lot more than you would otherwise. These are our top picks of sights.
Windmills in Schiedam
Holland is famous for its traditional windmills and in Schiedam, a town close to Rotterdam, you will find the highest ones in the world! Schiedam used to be the international jenever capital. Jenever is like Dutch gin, made from grain. That grain had to be milled in order to produce the gin and hence these windmills were built. One of these mills, De Nieuwe Palmboom, is a museum. When you visit here, be sure to go inside that one as well. Gazing at these structures from some distance is fascinating but going inside and learning about the history is even more so.
The SS Rotterdam
Jump aboard this old steam liner which has been repurposed as events and entertainment ship. It used to sail from the Netherlands to North America and back again and was the pride of the enormous Rotterdam harbor. There are tours available to experience and learn about the ship. In addition to that, you can dine in the restaurant or even do an escape room where you have to escape from the cooling cell! This ship is an amazing place to get to know the people from Rotterdam and their love for the city and its harbor a bit better.
This football stadium has rich history and is the home base of the professional club from Rotterdam, Feyenoord. Located in the district Feijenoord, you can see where it got its name from. Most fans don’t call it that, though. They call it De Kuip, which translates into the tub. That’s because of the shape of the stadium, which strongly resembles one. We highly advise you to take your car rental Rotterdam Airport here and do one of the tours around the stadium or, even better, get some tickets and watch a football match on the weekend.
Wilhelmina pier and the Erasmus bridge
The Erasmus bridge is often called the swan by the Dutch, because it looks very majestic. This is an iconic part of Rotterdam, connecting the northern part of town with the south. Directly across the bridge on the south side, you will find the Wilhelmina pier. This place offers many different experiences. Besides architecturally magnificent high-rises are places like the Dutch Photo museum and the Hotel New York where passengers used to stay before boarding the ships to North America. Here you will also find the Cruise Terminal. In this terminal, passengers await their departure on the worlds largest cruise ships that arrive and leave from the location every week. There is a ton of action packed into this small area, that’s for sure.
This is a small village located at the place where two rivers meet. Kinderdijk has 19 windmills, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. While those alone are worth a visit to the small town, there is more. At Kinderdijk there is the unique possibility to view many of the water technology advancements the Dutch developed during the dark ages, right next to each other. There are reservoirs, pump stations, the windmills of course and also the dikes that lead the water to the right places. It is because of these advancements that the Dutch are internationally renowned for their knowledge of water technology and hence asked by countries like Bangladesh to help with their water management. It is amazing to see how simple solutions to ones own problems can become an important export service in the future. This all started in the tiny village of Kinderdijk.
This historical town near Rotterdam was, unlike its big brother, kept largely intact during World War II. Because of that the rich history here is still visible in many ways. There are over 1500 monumental structures in the town, as well as a museum, a large church and historical harbors. As if that wasn’t enough, there is also a National Park right next to the town. When you’ve seen enough buildings and sights you can enjoy some fresh air in the beautiful nature of the Bieschbos.
Yet another beautiful historic town of the Netherlands and easily accessible with your rental car from Rotterdam Airport. Delft has many amazing sights, such as the Oude Kerk and the Nieuwe Kerk. They are formidable in size and serve as the final resting place of many famous Dutch heroes as well as members of the royal family. One of the graves is dedicated to Johannes Vermeer, a famous Dutch master painter who came from and lived in Delft. There is also a dedicated museum for his works in the city. Delft is furthermore known for its white and blue porcelain, called Delfts blauw. The only remaining factory from the age in which these items were produced is De Porceleyne Fles. Since 1653 this factory produces these celebrated porcelain items. Plenty of stuff to take in.
The best car rental for the best experience
Choosing car rental Rotterdam Airport is a wise decision if you want to see as the most of the amazing culture, buildings and experiences that the Rotterdam area has to offer. On our website you can compare all the different car rental companies near Rotterdam Airport and make a selection based on the parameters that you find most important. We will then offer you a small selection of companies which fit your needs, so that you can easily book your rental car in advance. We hope you will enjoy your stay!