|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$2.50|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$9.09|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$11.91|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting||$33.90|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$21.66|
|Local draught beer||$5.42|
Established in the early 13th century on the Schie River banks in the present South Holland province, Schiedam owes its name to both the river and a dam behind which the first settlement had come up. The town is historically and culturally significant but besides its heritage, has much more to offer to visitors as vouched for by the many tourists that troop in from all over the world via cheap flights to Schiedam. Getting into Schiedam is very easy; it is a part of the metropolitan area of Rotterdam and thus easily accessible by road and rail.
One of the most important landmarks of the town is the "De Plantage”, reputedly the oldest city park in the country, being more than 240 years old. Gape at the five giant windmills in Schiedam; they are highest in the world and rise over the buildings. The Dutch Grinding Windmill Museum inside has details of the history of the mills, of which you can also see a working demonstration. The 19th century St. Liduina Basiliek that is still in use houses the nation’s sole surviving specimen of electro-pneumatic organs. Drop in at the Schiedam municipal museum to see one of the most contemporary art exhibitions that it regularly hosts and then hop on to the Het Gedistilleerd Museum with its genuine distillery that produces the exclusive Moutwijnjenever (Malt wine gin) and Korenwijn (Corn Wine). Schiedam is internationally famous for its Dutch gin Jenever that was once produced by more than a hundred distilleries. The Jenever museum is dedicated to the history and processes involved in its manufacture. Spirit connoisseurs will find it worthwhile to visit Schiedam by any of the cheap flights to Schiedam just to explore the town’s vast heritage of spirit-manufacture.
Culinary surprises abound in Schiedam; many eateries are housed in the old mills or warehouses and capture beautifully the age-old ambiance of the merchant town. The Grote Markt is always abuzz with its many cafés and terraces where you can enjoy a superb meal. A meal at the restaurant in the tallest windmill, Molen de Noord, will not be forgotten soon. The luxurious hotels in Schiedam will make your stay all the more pleasant.