One of the most iconic and eye-catching attractions in Rotterdam are the unique Cube Houses. Here’s all the info for visiting.
How To Get To The Cube Houses
Located next to the Rotterdam Black railway station in central Rotterdam, the Cube Houses are easy to find.
There a few different options:
A lot of the main attractions in Rotterdam are situated quite close together, so it’s possible to get round to them all on foot.
In true Dutch fashion, Rotterdam is a very bicycle friendly city and well set-up for cyclists. You will find plenty of rental places and parking available throughout the city. The average price to rent a bike is €14 per day.
You can also pick up an OV-bikes (bike sharing) from bus and metro stops and some other public areas throughout the city. They cost approximately €3.85 per 24 hours.
Renting a bicycle also gives you the opportunity to go a little further than you might do on foot and a little faster.
The metro system is a quick and easy way to travel around Rotterdam. There are five lines, each marked with their own letter (A-E), their own colour and with their final destinations.
The following tram lines 8, 7, 21, 23, 21, 23, 24 and 25 all travel through the centre of Rotterdam.
The RET provides bus routes which connect the centre with several city districts, neighbourhoods and the greater metropolitan area.
(RET is the main public transport operator in Rotterdam operating buses, the metro and trams. You can buy a disposable card for short term use any of these means of transport.)
By Water Taxi:
A great way and unique way to get around this city, the water taxis stop all over the city at 50 different stops! It’s possible to travel from €4.50 per person within the centre of Rotterdam
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
The popular, De Rotterdam, Cube Houses, Watertaxi and Markthal is a great way of seeing the Cube Houses as well getting a real taste of Rotterdam.
Cube Houses Entrance Fee
It’s free to view the outside of the Cube Houses.
To visit the Cube House Museum prices are –
Cube Houses Opening Times
Open every day from 11am – 5pm
Best Time To Visit The Cube Houses + Tips
If just viewing from the outside, any time is good to visit the Cube Houses in Rotterdam. Although, they are one of the city’s most visited attractions, so you probably won’t be alone.
The actual Show Cube Museum only allows a few people in at a time because it’s quite small. Therefore, you may have to queue at busier times.
I would get there as the museum opens or later in the day, especially at weekends or during the school holidays, to try and avoid the crowds.
The Markthal and harbour are also close-by, so you could also visit them whilst in this area and enjoy some retail therapy and refreshments.
What To Pack
What To Expect At The Cube Houses
Designed in the 1970s by architect Piet Blom, the Cube Houses are one of Rotterdam’s most popular tourist attractions.
These striking homes are, as the name suggests, cubes tilted 45-degrees on their side with the idea of making the most of all available space.
They were built very much with the community in mind, with Blom wanting to create a village feel. So, as well as acting as a pedestrian bridge, the traffic-free area that connects the cubes includes a children’s playground, offices and studios.
The houses have 3 floors with the entrance on the ground floor, kitchen and living room on the first floor and bathroom and two bedrooms on the second floor.
After seeing all the interest the Cube Houses attracted, one of the owners had the idea to open the Show Cube Museum. This gives visitors the opportunity to have a look around one of the fully furnished homes.
Going inside and looking around gives you a great incite into the challenges of living in a home with no straight walls! Also, the opportunity for some really interesting photos in this quirky setting.
It’s also possible to stay overnight in one of the Cube Houses. Converted by the Stayokay Hostel group you can have the experience of living in this unique space.
However, even if you just view them from the outside, these Cube Houses are a ‘must-see’ when in Rotterdam.
Alternatively, you could book a 2 hour Private Rotterdam Tour with Cube House Admission that also takes you to the Markthal and other places of architectural interest.
Where To Stay In Rotterdam
Luxury – nhow Rotterdam
Located on the Wilhelmina Pier in the building ‘De Rotterdam’ with views of the river Maas and the city skyline, nhow Rotterdam offers rooms with free Wi-Fi. This modern design hotel by Rem Koolhaas/OMA also features a terrace on the seventh floor and a fitness centre.
Each air-conditioned room has a bright decor and includes a private bathroom with either a bath or shower and a toilet. Tea/coffee making facilities and a TV are also available.
Breakfast is available every morning in the breakfast area. There is an a la carte restaurant available. Guests can relax and order a drink at the bar, which offers a wide range of fine wines, beers and cocktails. Guests can also go dancing in the evening at the rooftop bar offered on site.
Mid-Budget – Motel One Rotterdam
Conveniently located in the centre of Rotterdam, Motel One Rotterdam offers free WiFi throughout the property and a bar. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is allergy-free and is 2.7 miles from Erasmus University.
All guest rooms in the hotel come with a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom has a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. At Motel One Rotterdam all rooms have bed linen and towels.
Breakfast is available every morning, and includes buffet, continental and vegetarian options.
Budget – ibis budget Rotterdam The Hague Airport
The hotel located in the Overschie district of Rotterdam, 200 yards from Rotterdam The Hague Airport, which comes with a shared lounge, the 2-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site.
Guest rooms in the hotel come with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. At ibis budget Rotterdam The Hague Airport each room also comes with bed linen and towels.
Guests at the accommodation can have a continental breakfast.
A business centre and vending machines with drinks and snacks are available on site at ibis budget Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Staff speak German, English, Spanish and Hungarian at the reception.
For more places to stay in Rotterdam, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.
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