Compared to other European countries, the Netherlands is relatively small, with an excellent transport infrastructure that makes city hopping a breeze.
Most international visitors will arrive into Holland via Amsterdam Schipol Airport – about an hour’s drive from the centre of Rotterdam, while those coming in by rail can make good use of the continent’s ICE (Inter-City) trains, connecting much of France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.
This gives you much more flexibility when it comes to booking hotels, and ensures plenty of contingencies should you find Rotterdam’s hotels fully-booked upon your arrival.
If you’re in town to spectate, staying close to the heart of Rotterdam is important if you want to watch the race from start to finish. The exact route changes from year to year, but there’s plenty of iconic landmarks that runners pass through every year.
There’s different start positions for different categories of runner and athlete, but the finish line remains largely consistent. To get a great view of the finish line, make sure you stake your spot outside of Rotterdam Town Hall, or better still, make sure you’ve booked accommodation as close as possible to the street it lies on, Coolsingel, so you can beat the crowds and get the best view possible.
Start Line and Finish Line area
The start and finish line is located in front of the Town Hall (Stadhuis), on Coolsingel. Coolsingel is one of the most famous streets in the city, home to the City Hall and the Beurs-World Trade Center.