Welcome to Rotterdam!
Rotterdam is a port city of international stature, located just in the heart of the Dutch delta. It is Europe’s largest port and offers inland shipping links that stretch to Germany, Switzerland and France. With a population of just over 600,000 it is the second largest city in the Netherlands. Nearly 80 percent of the city lies below sea level (some parts by up to 6 m). The city and the surrounding region (known as Rijnmond) are protected from the sea by a complex and extensive system of dikes, closure dams and storm surge barriers, all part of the famous Dutch Delta Plan.
The city is known nationally and internationally as a city of architecture. The imposing skyline can be seen from afar, with characteristic landmarks such as the Erasmus Bridge, De Rotterdam and the Montevideo. The special Show Cube provides an opportunity to view the famous Cube Houses from inside. The river Meuse, which flows through the middle of the city, is an attraction in itself. Discover Europe’s largest port with a Spido tour boat, or take the water taxi for a quick trip to Hotel New York.
Rotterdam is a lively metropolis all year round, 7 days per week, with a wide diversity of shopping areas and countless cafes and restaurants representing every cuisine in the world. In the evenings and nights you can enjoy yourselve in hip clubs and trendy discotheques. The city is also a must for art and culture. It is the city of large art institutions such as the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, Kunsthal Rotterdam end the Netherlands Photo Museum. Places as de Doelen, the Rotterdamse Schouwburg and the Luxor Theater are leading in outstanding theatre, music and dance. Rotterdam is the festival city of the Netherlands, with both small and large-scale events. From the International Film Festival Rotterdam to the World Port Days, there is always something to do in Rotterdam.
Like to know more about Rotterdam? For information and the current events calendar please visit the Tourist information website.
Rotterdam is a Delta City par excellence. Due to its location next to the river Meuse and close to the North Sea the city, port and region need to be protected by a network of water barriers. The Rotterdam Delta City App is a great way to explore Rotterdam and at the same time discover the measures the city takes to protect itself against the ever present water: sea, river, rain and ground water. Unique hotspots let you discover the broad network of innovative solutions such as multifunctional dykes, water plazas and the Maeslant Barrier. With the App you can easily locate and visit the places and constructions that keep Rotterdam safe, dry and attractive.