Post-WWII housing designed by architect Piet Blom

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  • Rotterdam


The Netherlands’ second biggest city is one of the most happening places in Europe right now. A bustling industrial and commercial port, divided by the Nieuwe Maas shipping waterway, Rotterdam is excitingly modern, diverse, cosmopolitan and most of all extremely trendy. Almost entirely rebuilt after the destructions of WWII, the city has reinvented itself and a beacon for futuristic architectures, such as the famous Erasmusbrug, a dramatic bridge that has been dubbed ‘the Swan’. The city also offers innumerable bars and restaurants and a pretty hectic nightlife. As for the rest of The Netherlands, Rotterdam is a very open and liberal city and LGBT people are very welcome everywhere. Most of the gay bars and venues are located in the centre of the city.

Gaytway Guide to Rotterdam

  • Part of the Gaytway purpose is to connect LGBT+ travellers with people, places and experiences. Our specially curated guides introduce you to what's on offer in each destination; where to stay and rest tired weary travellers feet and rejuvinate in between exploring sights and wonders, as well as where you can eat, drink and while the days and night away.

    And because we too love travelling and exploring, and know you can never know everything about somewhere, we would love to hear from you about that great place to stay, the new and hip bar or club in town or ways to meet and connect with the local LGBT+ community. That's why we make it easy for you to send us your own personal recommendations!

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    • Housing Fantastic
    • One of Rotterdam’s iconic landmarks is the Overblaak development. Designed by Piet Blom and built between 1978 and 1984, this curious housing development is famous for a pencil-shaped tower, and the 45-degree-tilted, cube-shaped apartments on hexagonal pylons.

    • Museum City
    • Rotterdam has some very fine museums. At the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen there’s a permanent collection spanning all eras of Dutch and European art, including superb old masters. If you’re more for modern art, the Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art features experimental exhibitions, installations and events.

    • The Euromast
    • View the city from this tower, which was originally built for the Floriade exhibition of 1960. The Euromast is 185 metres high and offers unparalleled 360-degree views of Rotterdam from its observation deck, which you can reach by a lift in 30 seconds. On the deck is also a bistro/brasserie.

    • Oude Kerk Charlois
    • The Pilgrims Fathers prayed for the last time here at the Oude Kerk before leaving the Netherlands for America aboard the Speedwell on 22 July 1620. The Speedwell was leaky and rickety so once in England, they transferred to the Mayflower – and then proceeded to America.
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    A favourite on the city scene for the last 20 years for its friendly atmosphere.

    Café Keerweer

    The Keerweer has been a household name in Rotterdam. Not only for a pleasant afternoon drink, but also to the late hours you can have fun at the Keerweer.

    Cosmo Bar

    An historical gay bar in Rotterdam, very popular with the leather and more mature (30-50) crowd. Busiest during the weekends after midnight.

    De Regenboog

    The best, busiest, nicest, most friendly gay bar in Rotterdam. Lively crowd.

    De Unie

     A fabulous stop for great food and great drinks, plus good night-time entertainment.


    Sexy and trendy .... Strano Bar is the place in Rotterdam to chatting, dancing, flirting or just relax with a delicious drink. A modern and intimate…

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Gaytway Map of Rotterdam

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