Fresh, innovative and sustainable, Rotterdam's Culture Campsite is strewn with creative architectural delights - in the form of a range of completely unique sleeping pods.
Each pod is a characterful creation from a different designer, artist or architect, all using upcycled materials to their most imaginative effect. Let's just say that bedding down in a former trash container has never felt so cosy...
Beautifully nestled between fragrant flora, the cosy pods are ideal for couples and small families, sleeping between one to three guests. With each boasting its very own personality, you're sure to find one that's just right for you.
Sleeping Pod is a former cattle shelter on steel legs - a white plastic capsule that feels space-age in style! Equipped with a cosy double bed and flourishing plants, you'll love waking up to scenes of the campsite from your elevated position (plus there's a skylight for that all-important stargazing).
A second small family-sized pod, Floating Bricks is cleverly constructed from a combination of glass and brick, for the illusion of a space that seems to float dreamily on the air.
Ever felt like sleeping in a cosy beehive? Honeycomb brings that dream to life, in a twin pod that features two separate sleeping spaces connected by a small staircase.
Little Pea is a gorgeous green haven, fully insulated and crafted from different pieces of former farm silos. Inside there's a large double bed to enjoy long, lazy lie-ins.
Second Skin is an architectural wonder, a small space for one or two guests that includes its own plant-strewn garden. The pod itself is hermetically sealed with flexible plastic that feels comfortably like skin.
Val Ross ("walrus" in Swedish!) is made from discarded farm materials, with a circular ‘belly' that was once an old silo. Ideal for two, the ‘eye' at the entrance allows you to view the bustling campsite activity from the comfort of your bed.
Trash Inn is perfect for those who've always fancied the idea of dumpster-diving, but didn't want to get their hands dirty! A former trash container, the cosy pod features sides that open out for extra space and light.
Of course, you'll find generous shared facilities on site too. There are sparkling clean toilets and showers, and a kitchen area that includes a fridge packed with healthy snacks and drinks to buy if you're feeling peckish.
Oh - and not forgetting the hot tub right in the centre of the site! Why not pre-book a gently heated afternoon soak, after a morning of cycling by the River Maas?
With the creative hub and city centre of Rotterdam a mere ten minutes away too (not to mention plenty of ‘insider' visitor suggestions available from the friendly staff) you'll soon find that Culture Campsite more than lives up to its name.
Things to note
Check in from 3-8pm, check out by 11am. Culture Campsite is seasonal, closing in September each year and re-opening in May. Please note that the site also operates as an exhibition area by day.
Tried and tested
"As if small spaceships have landed in Rotterdam and we were allowed to sleep in it! With a worldly nice mattress and a wonderful hot shower in the morning."
Astrid and Jeroen
"Spending the night at this sustainable architectural campsite is a guarantee for the most special night's sleep you've ever had."
de Kroon Rotterdam
"In the Sleeping Pod, a white plastic capsule on legs - just big enough for a double bed - you imagine yourself a caterpillar that retreats into its cocoon."
de Volkskrant (newspaper)
Cost (from): £52 per night
Sleeps: 2-3 per unit
Bedrooms: Open plan
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 1205
FacilitiesA range of unique glamping pods for 2-3 guests, each equipped with beds and bedding only.
Sleeping Pod, Little Pea, Trash Inn, Second Skin, Val Ross: double bed.
Honeycomb: twin beds in separate sleeping areas.
Floating Bricks: double bed and single bed.
Shared on-site facilities: communal lounge, kitchen/dining area, toilets/showers, fridge with healthy snacks and drinks available to purchase, wood-fired hot tub, selection of board games and puzzles.
Walking, cycling, museums, galleries, river walks, shopping, city life.
At a glance
- A selection of uniquely creative sleeping pods for 2-3 guests, housed on a sustainable campsite open between May & September, just ten minutes from Rotterdam's city centre, close to the River Maas.
- Each pod has been crafted by a different artist, designer or architect from upcycled materials, and includes beds and bedding only. Towels can be provided on request.
- Shared camp facilities include showers and toilets, a communal lounge and a kitchen preparation room with ‘bubble dome' eating area. There is a small fridge with drinks and snacks available to purchase.
- For an extra treat, book a session in the wood-fired hot tub at the centre of the campsite!