The autumn period has arrived and for some that also means: time off! The official autumn holidays in Rotterdam are from October 14 to 22. After a warm summer, it is a bit of a switch when it is suddenly a bit colder. However, it cannot be denied that autumn also has its charms.
For example, nature is at its most beautiful in autumn! No other season is as colourful. Mushrooms are sprouting from the ground and when you walk outside, the scent of the leaves and trees is nice and clear. Grab this underrated time of year with both hands and brave the rain in Rotterdam Centre! To help you find your way, we have listed a few autumn tips for you.
Start your autumn holiday with a party! On Monday, October 9, the Lijnbaan will be celebrating its 70th anniversary. We will celebrate this anniversary on October 14 together with the Stichting Jarige Job. During the anniversary, the entrepreneurs and shopkeepers of the Lijnbaan would like to draw attention to families where it is not self-evident to celebrate children's birthdays. That is why they have created a special programme in collaboration with Stichting Jarige Job.
On October 14, during a visit to the Lijnbaan, you can have your photo taken with a life-size cake. You will also learn everything about the Lijnbaan during the free guided tours by the enthusiastic city guide Ferrie Weeda. Ferrie is a real Rotterdammer with a heart for his city and can tell about the history of the Lijnbaan like no other.
The Kralingse Bos is a real autumn paradise. Mushrooms sprout from the ground like… mushrooms and the colours red and brown sparkle through the trees while a fresh breeze blows through your hair.
During de Grote Schijn, the splendor of nature is put in a very special light. When the sun goes down you can imagine yourself in a fairytale world full of surprises. Be amazed by a magnificent spectacle of smells, colours and sounds.
De Grote Schijn is open every evening from Thursday 12 October to Sunday 29 October.
Autumn is the season in which colour plays an important role. At Remastered, you'll discover colour in a way you've never seen before. Under the Erasmus Bridge you dive into a new world where all your senses are stimulated.
Art by Dutch Masters such as van Gogh and Rembrandt is given a new look. Never before has art come to life more as with the Remastered experience. Create your own 3D art, swim with fish or fly with birds. In the different spaces you are part of the artwork.
The Remastered experience lasts an hour, in which you walk through all the spaces of this unique world. Ticket prices start from €24.50 and is available through the Remastered website.
What is of course always possible during the fall break, is to visit the warmth of the great shops in Rotterdam Centre! There is something for everyone at the awesome concept stores, large department stores and cozy vintage shops. Also, we have the best coffee in the Netherlands! We call it a bakkie pleur.
Visit the world-famous Lijnbaan or Koopgoot, come and have a snack at Jamin or find clothes at Pull & Bear, Bershka, Urban Outfitters, Stradivarius and of course H&M and Zara. Don't forget to discover hidden gems such as the new REJOES store or the Marjorie Fernandes X Life at Goodiez. Oh, and if you want to take something special with you, stop by the Peanut Butter Shop and KKEC.
Need another pair of sneakers while shopping in Rotterdam Centre? Then discover the Hoogkwartier and escape the hectic pace of the Koopgoot and Lijnbaan for a while. Here you will find the famous sneaker and streetwear store Woei. In addition, you will find a huge variety of shops and cafes. For example, you can first shop for culture at the Aboriginal Art Gallery, and then drink coffee with cats at Pebbles Kitty Cat Café!
If you are enjoying shopping in Rotterdam Centre, then a quick and delicious pick me up can't be missed. Warm up while enjoying a hot cup of coffee at one of the many different coffee bars in Rotterdam Centre.
At Starbucks they have the ideal fall coffee: the Pumpkin Spice Latte. This year another autumn coffee has been added. The Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew makes its official debut.
Come and try them out at the Starbucks at Rotterdam Central, van Oldenbarneveltplaats or Hoogstraat.
Sometimes it's time for some self care, especially during the fall. Okay, there are really a lot of fun elements to autumn, but we all secretly go through a little autumn dip. Time to take care of yourself!
At Skins you will be completely pampered by skilled specialists. For example, choose an instant facial, a deluxe facial or a good connective tissue massage for your face.
In the Skins store you can shop wonderfully scented candles and perfumes, in addition to of course fantastic skin care products. Get advice from the beauticians and relax during your fall break.
Rotterdam has many beautiful parks and green spots. Ideal to go out and discover these places during the autumn holidays. For example, visit Het Park in Rotterdam and admire the beautiful water features, lawns and old trees.
Immediately visit the Historical Garden Schoonoord, located next to Het Park, between Parklaan and Westzeedijk. This hidden green gem has a rich history that goes back 350 years. As soon as you enter the 18th century entrance gate of this garden, you are no longer in the city centre, but you are in a protected national monument, a piece of oasis with a rich collection of flora and fauna. Walk around and enjoy the greenery, take a seat on a bench by the pond and read a book. This way you can really relax.
Or take a (free!) street art tour and discover new murals. Nice to immediately improve your photography skills.
No time to be sad and grumpy, brave the rain! Make it the best autumn break ever in Rotterdam Centre.