Host City - Rotterdam

Welcome to Rotterdam, World Port, World City. Rotterdam is home to Europe’s largest port and it is one of the only cities in the Netherlands with a constantly growing skyline full of modern architecture. It is home to approximately 635,000 proud Rotterdam residents of over 170 different nationalities, which makes Rotterdam a bustling and open city, offering a huge range of cultural and multicultural events, tourist attractions and a wealth of entertainment opportunities.

What has Rotterdam got to offer?

City of Architecture

Rotterdam has a tradition of building daring and architectural world icons. The Markthal has been described as a modern version of the Sistine Chapel and ‘De Rotterdam’, designed by Rem Koolhaas, is the largest building in the Netherlands. These are just the latest in the jewels in the crown of the Rotterdam skyline. Rotterdam is also famous for its Cube Houses designed by Piet Blom, the Erasmus Bridge and the Euromast Tower. Iconic architecture from before the Second World War includes the 17th-century Schielandhuis and the Van Nelle Factory, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

World Port City

Rotterdam is home to Europe’s largest port and thanks to the 2,000 hectares of new land won from the sea in the Maasvlakte II project – a sterling example of technical achievement – the Port of Rotterdam has become the world’s most sustainable and innovative port. The city’s maritime character is strengthened by the River Maas which flows through Rotterdam to the sea.

You can experience the port in various ways. From a sunny quayside terrace in the Oude Haven district, to the Katendrecht or Kop van Zuid districts, formerly rough dock areas but now transformed into creative hot-spots and ultra-modern neighborhoods in which to live and work. It is also advisable to experience Rotterdam from the water. Take a fast and furious water taxi to Hotel New York (former headquarters of the Holland America Line) or the SS Rotterdam (former cruise liner of the Holland America Line) and experience  the glamour of the 1950s. For those seeking both a relaxed and informative boat trip, considering taking a Spido sightseeing boat tour to the heart of the Rotterdam port.

Cosmopolitan City

Rotterdam is a truly cosmopolitan city which is home to a wealth of cultures. The more than 170 nationalities represented among Rotterdam residents give the city a rich and dynamic international atmosphere. The results of this cultural diversity include an urban youth culture, a range of festivals and events, a unique choice in shops and a staggering array of restaurants and snack bars. Whether you want French, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, American, Middle-Eastern or Brazilian cuisine, Rotterdam has it all.

Why You’ll Want to Visit Rotterdam in 2018

Home to the largest and busiest port in Europe, the Netherlands’ “second city” is now attracting a fleet of designers, artists and architects who are reshaping the Dutch city into an epicenter of urban innovation. Read more in The Wall Street Journal.

Why Rotterdam is better than Amsterdam (and should be your next city break)

This lively, contemporary and culturally rich Dutch city is now the stop before Amsterdam on the new Eurostar direct link from London. Read more in The Telegraph.

Rotterdam is Inspiring and Innovative

Futuristic architecture, inspired local initiatives such as inner-city canal surfing, a proliferation of art, and a surge of drinking, dining and nightlife venues make Rotterdam one of Europe’s most exhilarating cities right now. The Netherlands’ second-largest metropolis has a diverse, multiethnic community, an absorbing maritime tradition centred on Europe’s busiest port, and a wealth of top-class museums. Read more in The Lonely Planet