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Rotterdam

Rotterdam, World Port City, is a city you have to experience for yourself. It is a young, dynamic, international city with a passionately beating heart. The city keeps reinventing itself at a rapid pace, redefining and expanding it's already impressive skyline every time you visit and presenting new cultural and sporting events to surprise and delight you. Its ever-changing nature makes Rotterdam a city that you can rediscover time and time again.

Rotterdam is a city of many faces: a tough port city, a trendy nightlife city, a sophisticated shopping city, and a hip artistic city. Above all, Rotterdam is the architecture city of The Netherlands that stimulates innovation. Its skyline is always changing. There are many things to do. You can go on a shopping spree, enjoy some excellent food, and visit a range of museums and attractions in and around the city center.



In 2014 Rotterdam is featured by Rough Guides and the New York Times as a city that you must visit. Rough Guides placed Rotterdam at number 8 in 'Top 10 Cities for 2014' and the city has also hit 10th place in the New York Times list of '52 Places to Go in 2014'. Both lists praise Rotterdam highly, not least for its architecture. You will understand why Rotterdam was votes Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016.

Full of energy and innovation, Rotterdam reinvented itself after the bombing of the Second World War. It broke with the past and chose modern architecture. The motto: light, air and space, was ground breaking for that time. Rotterdam still embraces experimentation: almost anything is possible. Here, you are constantly surprised by new initiatives: from a rooftop city farm to a music festival in the harbour, from an exclusive rooftop bar to a brewery in an old warehouse. 



If you love architecture then a visit to Rotterdam - with its patchwork of architectural styles - is a must. Icons of the Nieuwe Bouwen era stand beside the typical reconstruction-architecture from the sixties, seventies and eighties. They clash cheerfully with the hypermodern landmarks that have been built in recent decennia: the Erasmusbrug, Rotterdam Central Station, De Rotterdam, het Timmerhuis and of course de Markthal. In the first indoor market hall in the Netherlands, you can find nearly 100 fresh produce stalls, about 15 food shops and diverse restaurants including Jamie’s Italian (from Jamie Oliver). If you look up you will see the biggest artwork in the Netherlands, the wall painting: the Horn of Plenty. 



As a port city, Rotterdam has unbreakable ties to the water, from the Maas River that flows right through the city to the many (historic) city harbors like Delfshaven. The city flows seamlessly over into its industrial port that stretches for 40 kilometers to the Maasvlakte 2 and Hoek van Holland.