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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.  

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"Top 10 Alternative City Breaks"

The Guardian puts Rotterdam in the Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

"Best European City 2015"

Academy of Urbanism awards Rotterdam as Europe's Best City 2015

"Must-see in 2014"

Why Rotterdam is one of the must-sees of 2014 (NRC Handelsblad)
Rotterdam is one of the must sees of 2014, The New York Times and the Rough Guide say. BBC correspondent Anna Holligan visited the city for NRC and she totally agrees. Go see Rotterdam.

"Top 10 cities 2014"

Rotterdam makes The Rough Guides' Top 10 Cities 2014
Rotterdam makes The Rough Guides' Top 10 Cities 2014

"Tourists love it"

Superb architecture, hidden gems and a vibrant scene of artists and unpretentious inhabitants make it a popular destination for those who want a great mix between history and contemporary arts & architecture.

"Places to go 2014"

New York Times: Rotterdam among places
The New York Times nominates Rotterdam as one of the "52 places to go in 2014"