Delftse Poort rooftop in Rotterdam. Photo credit: Fleur Beerthuis

Rotterdam Rooftop Days - dates, locations, information

The Rotterdam Rooftop Days, better known in Dutch as 'Rotterdamse Dakendagen,' is an annual event that takes place on the first weekend of June. Reach new heights and stand tall among the skyscrapers as they open their roofs to the public.
The next annual Rotterdam Rooftop Days festival will be held from 1 to 4 June 2023. From 1 May, ticket sales have commenced for both the 2023 Rotterdam Rooftop Days, as well as the separate Bovenop Zuid art route on the roof of the Zuidplein Shopping Centre, which is new this year. Rotterdam Rooftop Days are part of Rotterdam Architecture Month

Rotterdam Rooftop Days | 1-4 June 2023

The annual Rooftop Days weekend, taking place from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 June, consists of around 60 roofs open for visitors, often accompanied by a guide or featuring music, theatre, or visual arts.  During the Rotterdam Rooftop Days, you can visit 60 roofs throughout the city. As a visitor, you will access lofty spots, where you would normally only find air installations and solar panels, or locations (as on most roofs) where, usually, nothing is happening at all. The rooftop festival programme focuses on creative ways to use these spaces, as the city becomes increasingly crowded and congested. Artists and designers will demonstrate the potential of rooftops to make the city more enjoyable, sustainable, and sociable. Highlights of this edition include various theatre performances, specially created for the rooftop as a stage, with the skyline as a backdrop.

Bovenop Zuid (atop Zuidplein Shopping Centre) | 1-30 June 2023

The rooftop landscape at the shopping centre in Charlois spans an area equivalent to six football pitches. A striking yellow walking path, 850 metres in length, will be accessible via stairs. Artists from Zuid will transform walls, objects, and the roof itself into an elevated art park. Zuidplein is a major transport hub, boasting one of the Netherlands' largest bus stations. The eponymous shopping centre celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2022 and underwent extensive renovations. For decades, residents of Rotterdam and visitors from the region have come to shop and dine, but they have never been welcomed to the roof. With an area equivalent to six football pitches at various heights, an 850-metre walking route has been laid out, featuring objects and murals by artists from Zuid. The route is organised as part of the urban campaign Summer on Zuid. As a result, the summer of 2023 will see an abundance of additional activities on Zuid in Rotterdam's cultural calendar.

Tickets to Rotterdam Rooftop Days and Bovenop Zuid

For ticket sales and routes, visit and the special bovenopzuid website.
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