Rotterdam Ahoy


On just a 10 minute drive from Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk, you will Ahoy Rotterdam. During the year, there are several fairs, events, congresses and concerts. For example, there are yearly events like the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. This popular event attracts many visitors each year. Because this is a multi-day tournament, you can combine your visit with an overnight stay in Hotel Ridderkerk. 

Another yearly returning event is the Christmas Circus in Ahoy. This event is nice to visit for both young and older people and also recommended as a family activity. With international acts specially flown in, the Christmas Circus is an event you cannot miss!

Ahoy Package

Are you looking for a hotel to spend the night after your visit at Ahoy Rotterdam? You can book an Ahoy Package and combine an event there with an overnight stay in our hotel. With that, all you have to do is enjoy your relaxing stay. 

Take a look at for the latest agenda or see our activity calender. 

Feyenoord Rotterdam

Feyenoord Rotterdam

The pride of the city is football club Feyenoord Rotterdam. The club is established on July 19, 1908 and from that moment it is settled in the south of Rotterdam. The club was build by four young men. Stadium De Kuip opened in 1937 for all home games of the club. Today, is it more than a stadium. Lots of events are organized in De Kuip, like dancefestivals and congresses. The popular location is in the heart of all inhabitants of Rotterdam. Maybe you can see one of the home games in the stadium. 

Do you want to take a look around in the stadium? When there are no matches to play, you can get a behind the scenes tour. During this 90 minutes tour, you will see the most special places in De Kuip. You can walk through the playertunnel and take a seat in the pressroom. Of course, a visit to the player locker room and the Feyenoord Museum may not be missing on your list. The Feyenoord tour in De Kuip takes place from wednesday till saturday on different times. 

Would you like to undertake some more activities after your visit at De Kuip? On the otherside of the stadium, you will find a Pathé cinema, an arcade and a bowlingcenter. Rather visit the center of Rotterdam? With the tram at 1 minute walking distance from the stadium, you are in the heart of the city within 10 minutes. 

Musea in Rotterdam

Museums in Rotterdam

Rotterdam knows different musea Rotterdam kent diverse museums of world fame. One of the most van wereldfaam. One of the most known is the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum. A visit to this or one of the other museums is good to combine with a stay at Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk. 

Different museums

In Boijmans Van Beuningen, you see the most varied works of visual arts, applied art and design, from which the drawing collection even is worldwide the most important one. Besides this, you can see works of Dutch and European art. Are you interested in history? Than the Historisch Museum is a place for you. And at Museum Rotterdam, you find the history of the city of Rotterdam. For exhibitions from different cultures and the most varied art movements, you are at the right place at the Kunsthal. 

The Maritiem Museum is the oldest Dutch shipping museum, that shows the imposing maritime history of the Netherlands for generations. Another museum is the Wereldmuseum. This museum is located at the Willemskade in Rotterdam. Here, they present a permanent arrangement, De Collectie, with over 2000 top pieces from Oceania and Asia. With kids, you can also visit Villa Zebra. This is a museum for kids between 3 and 12 years old. 

For more information about the different museums, you can contact our reception. Our staff members will be happy to help you. 

Rebuilding Boijmans: Boijmans Van Beuningen will be going into a radical renovation. The current building of the museum will be closed from May 27, 2019. Different neighbor locations in the city will make sure that the collections of Boijmans can still be seen during the renovation. 



Rotterdam is the place to be for the fashion lovers among us. In the city center, there are different shopping streets, where you can find something for any budget. From the big fashion chains, to unique boutiques, you can enjoy Rotterdam for hours. Besides, you will find an indoor shopping mall at Alexandrium Shopping Center. Ideal for cold or rainy days. 


In the 'Beurstraverse', by Rotterdammers renamed as the 'Koopgoot', there are several popular shopping chains. The Koopgoot is very popular and is known for her big stair steps. Besides the 40 stores, the Koopgoot is situated next to big department stores of De Bijenkorf and Hudson's Bay. This makes it a perfect place to shop in Rotterdam. 

The most popular shopping street of Rotterdam is the 'Lijnbaan'. This was the first carfree shopping street in Europe. Since 2010, the Lijnbaan is a national monument. In this special shopping street, a lot of international fashion chains are settled. In the side streets of the Lijnbaan, you can find many smaller boutiques and food and drinks facilities. Make sure you will look for the cosiness of Rotterdam in one of these streets.

Next to the Koopgoot and the Lijnbaan, there are other popular shopping streets in Rotterdam. At the Meent, you will find more exclusive stores. You should also take a walk to the Pannekoekstraat, or one of the other side streets of the Meent. Here, you will find lovely boutiques and stores with local products. Besides the Meent, the Oude- and Nieuwe Binnenweg and the Witte de Withstraat are also more than worth the effort to bring a visit. In those streets, you can not only find a lot of stores, but also many good places to have a drink. For Rotterdammers, these are the beloved places to have a drink until the early hours. 

Alexandrium Shopping Center
The Alexandrium is only a15 minute drive away from Hotel Ridderkerk. With the public transport it will take a little longer, but it sure is worth the visit. The indoor shopping center has a varied selection of stores. You can shop for a new wardrobe, but also find a new interior for your home. Because of the Megastores and Alexandrium Woonmall, you can find anything in this place. Another great benefit of the Alexandrium is that you can easily park your car in one of the many parkinglots around the shopping center. 

With Shopping Center Zuidplein, Rotterdam has got another indoor shopping center. Zuidplein is located at a 10 minute distance by both car and bus from Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk. And it is opened seven days a week. This shopping center is located next to Ahoy Rotterdam, where during the year different events and fairs are organized. 



Werelderfgoed: Kinderdijk

World Heritage: Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk is a Unesco World Heritage and is situated close to Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk. It is a special area that tells a story about the history of the Netherlands. The last centuries, the Dutch worked together with the water to keep the land dry. The magnificent area shows you where in the past the windmills engaged in the battle against the water. The 19 authentic windmills from the 18th century are still the silent witnesses of this story. 

19 Polder mills

Kinderdijk is especially famous for the windmills. Those are the 19 mills that needed to keep the polder dry. Because of the important role of the mills in the battle against water, Kinderdijk became one of the main touristic locations of the country. And since 1997, it also became Unesco World Heritage. In one of the mills, it is possible to have a view inside. Here, you can discover how it feels to turn a mill. The visitorsmill of Kinderdijk is a unique experience for you and your family. 

Discover Kinderdijk 

When you are interested in the history of the Dutch battle against the water, a visit to Kinderdijk can not be missing from your list. After a visit to the mills, you can make a beautiful walk or tour by bike, or you can take the tour on the horse tram. When there is snow, you can go sledding or skating on the frozen water. The breathtaking landscape provides a different experience every season. 

For a perfect experience of the area of the windmills, you can take a boat tour on the water of the polder landscape of Kinderdijk. From the water, you will have the best view for taking photos. When you take the boat tour, you can get in and out of the boat at any visitorspoint. In the winter, the boat tour is warmed and covered in. 



Since 2014, the Markthal in Rotterdam is offically open. The Markthal is in many ways a special piece of architecture. On the ground floor and first floor, you will find restaurants and cafes. In the basement, there is a supermarket and big parkinglot. In the Markthal you will find a varied selection of eating facilities. There are around 100 modern market stalls with fresh products such as fish, cheese, coffee, icecream and vegetables. 

What makes the Rotterdam Markthal such a special place, it the apartments above the market and the gigantic artwork 'Horn of Plenty' that hangs above the visitors. Besides, during the building of the Markthal, there were lots of medieval findings. This archeological collection is exposed at the Timestairs in the hall of the market. At Rotterdam Tours, you can subsribe for a one-hour tour through the Markthal. The tours will only take place during the weekends. During the tour, you will discover the story of the origin of the building. 

Besides the fact that there are many great products you can buy, the Markthal also is a interesting spot from an architecturally point of view. The Markthal is open seven days a week from 09.00 in the morning until 20.00 in the evening. 

Sportieve activiteiten

Sportive activities

The surroundings of Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk offer plenty of options for our sportive guests. You can for example go for a lovely bike or walking tour, but did you know you can also make a canoe trip or spend the day at one of the golf courses in the region? With Hotel Ridderkerk as a base, you can plan al sorts of sportive activities. And afterwards, you can relax at our place.


Around Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk, you can go for a perfect biketour. There are different routes. You can for example bicycle to the city center of Rotterdam. Rather enjoy the nature in the area? You will find lots of beautfil cycle routes for this as well. From Hotel Ridderkerk, you can follow a route to the beautiful polder landscape of 'Hoekse Waard' or you can cycle to Kinderdijk, where you will see the windmills.

Do you prefer staying closer to the hotel? You can discover the surroundings of Barendrecht. For cyclists, there are lots of sights, such as: the old bridge of Barendrecht, the 'Oude Maasheuvel', the mill of Pendrecht and the watertower. And at the 'Carnisse Grienden', you will have a great lookout point.

As a guest of our hotel, it is possible to rent a bike. Our hotel offers modern and comfortable rentalbikes from the Dutch brand Batavus. Please feel free to ask our reception about more information.


Are you a hiking enthusiast? Than you will also enjoy the surroundings of Ridderkerk. You can for example walk to the border of Rotterdam, in the recreation area 'De Oude Maas' or through the grasslands of Rhoon. These are only a few examples of hiking routes in the region. A visit to the Kinderdijk mills or recreation area 'De Biesbosch' can also be combined with a beautiful hike.

Please ask our reception for more information about hiking routes.

Canoe trip

Close to our hotel, you will find recreation area 'De Zuidpolder', with the recreationfarm 'De Kleine Duiker'. Here, you can not only go for a walk, but also make a canoe trip. In 2018, the 'Blauwe Verbinding' was opened here: a recreative sailing route, that also provides clean water in the region. During the canoe trip, you will sail from the starting point in De Zuidpolder to the 'Zuiderpark' in Rotterdam: a trip with a distance of 15 kilometers.

Please ask our reception for more information about this trip and other activities in the area of De Zuidpolder.


The region of Rotterdam features different golf courses. This makes our hotel a perfect place to be for golf enthusiasts.

Close to the hotel, you will find 'Golfbaan Kralingen'. 'Golf en Country Club Capelle aan den IJssel' or 'Golfclub Oude Maas' are also nearby. For more information about golf courses in the region, you can contact our reception.



Do you want to visit the center of Rotterdam or Dordrecht, without taking the car? Have you already considered going with the Waterbus? With this special bus, you can go to many places. For example, you can take the Waterbus to Kinderdijk and experience the authentic landscape with historical windmills. 

Do you fancy Dutch flora and fauna? You can also take the Waterbus to the Hollandse Biesbosch. And adventurous labyrinth of rivers, islands with willow forrests and creeks with crystal clear water. You can even go for a canoe trip in this area. The Waterbus is a lovely way of transport for a nice day trip. 

Catching the Waterbus

You can park your car at the De Schans Waterbus stop in Ridderkerk (approx. 4km from the hotel). The Waterbus will then take you to Rotterdam, Dordrecht or any of the towns en-route. You will find prices and more information on the Dutch site or ask our reception. 

Diergaarde Blijdorp

Blijdorp Zoo

Close to Van der Valk Hotel Ridderkerk, you will find one of the oldest Dutch zoos, Blijdorp Zoo. Are you staying in our hotel? Than visiting this zoo is absolutely worth the effort.

With kids, the zoo is of course a lovely activity. You can go for a walk on the seabed in the Oceanium, stand face to face with polar bears in the ice cave or watch the tropical butterflies in the butterflygarden. In Blijdorp Zoo, there are many different animals. Besides special species, the zoo also features 21 national monuments, such as the historic entrance and the old director's building. 

Blijdorp Zoo exists since 1857 and for many people, it is a beloved place. One of the goals of the zoo is stimulating and support nature conservation. A lot of research is being done into behaviour, food, reproduction and medical care. Because of this, animals can live longer, stay healthy and reproduce themselves. With this, the risk of the extinction of rare animal species is reduced. 

You can easily reach the zoo by public transport and by car. For more information, please ask our reception. 

Adventure City Rotterdam

Adventure City Rotterdam

Are you staying in Hotel Ridderkerk for a couple of days and ar eyou looking for an adventurous day out? In Rotterdam, you will find our country's biggest climbing park: Adventure City. Visitors can go sport climbing, strumb over a 150 meters long zipline, take different climbing courses and even make a freefall from a height of 10 meters. 

Adventure City Rotterdam is the ideal location for a spectacular trip with the family. The climbing park offers activities for different ages. Kids between the age of 4 and 7 can also undertake all sorts of things. There are special climbing courses, a net adventure and climbing walls for the young adventurers. 

Trompenburg Tuinen and Arboretum

For plant experts, there is a lot to discover in the area of Hotel Ridderkerk. In Kralingen, a district in Rotterdam, Trompenburg is located. This is a landscaped botanical garden with a great diversity of trees, bushes, perennials and flower bulbs.  

The garden is open the whole year through, with different collections of nature in every season. Besides the garden, there are other special sights. For example, there is a desert greenhouse, a tea shop and a shop with all sorts of products that are connected to the garden. Every sunday afternoon, there are special walks with a guide and you can also subscribe for workshops and readings. 

Are you a plant enthusiast and do you love to go out for a quiet and beautitful walk? For sure, a visit to Trompenburg can not be missing from at your list. You can enjoy this garden the whole year through. Are you coming with your kids? For them, this is also a nice thing to do. Trompenburg offers for example a treasure hunt especially for kids. 


Petting zoo

Around Hotel Ridderkerk, there are several petting zoos to visit. For example 'De Dierenhof' in Ridderkerk, or petting zoo 'De Kleine Duiker' in Barendrecht.

And did you know that next to the farm in front of our hotel, we also have a few animals? There are rabbits, chickens and an insect hotel. We also have a kitchen garden. And the kids can enjoy making a quiz, which you can pick up at our reception desk. Feel free to take a walk outside with the kids. 

Luxor Theater

To reach the Luxor Theatre take Tram line 20 from "Kreekhuizenlaan" (400 yards) in the direction of Rotterdam Central Station. The Luxor theatre is only a few yards away from tram stop "Wilhelminaplein"

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