Gateway to Europe
Within easy reach of the continent’s largest markets, Rotterdam has been a hub of international trade and commerce for centuries. It has unique access to continental Europe via the Nieuwe Maas River, a tributary of the Rhine River, and is home to the largest commercial port in Europe and the second largest in the world. This heritage of trade has left its legacy: Rotterdam is a multicultural city that is home to a host of multinational and local enterprises with a growing reputation as an international knowledge centre in areas including supply chain management and logistics.
Vibrant, daring and alive
Rotterdam has an outstanding reputation on a global level for its progressive outlook on many aspects of urban life from art, music and world-famous architecture to cinema, dance and theatre. Each year, Rotterdam hosts numerous festivals, concerts and sporting events including the ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam, the International Film Festival, Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival, and the exuberant Rotterdam Unlimited festival. Rotterdam’s nightlife rivals that of Amsterdam with a hip and creative young scene filling restaurants, bars, cafés and nightclubs. During the summer, there are plenty of cafés with terraces and parks to enjoy the sun with relaxing music and food, and great views of the river and the Rotterdam skyline.
Feeling at home
The Dutch are known for their acceptance of diversity and their command of foreign languages. English is more widely spoken in the Netherlands than in any other country on the continent, making life for foreigners particularly easy. Today, around 175 nationalities live side by side in Rotterdam, a diversity that is reflected in urban life. Travelling to and from Rotterdam is also easy and affordable: there is an international airport, and a fast train to Paris from Rotterdam’s central station. A 40-minute drive takes you to Amsterdam, a 90-minute drive to Brussels, and a three-hour drive to France or Germany. With all these destinations on your doorstep, you will find there is plenty to explore during your time in Rotterdam.