Rotterdam has everything you need: culture, entertainment, sports, architecture, shopping and exciting events. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet creative young professionals, and to develop yourself on a personal and professional level.
There’s a hands-on mentality and great entrepreneurial spirit among Rotterdam’s residents. Around 175 nationalities live side by side in the city, a diversity that is reflected in its urban life. From Rotterdam, you can easily explore other areas in the Netherlands and Europe depending on your time and budget.
Gateway to Europe
Our multicultural city is home to many multinational and local enterprises with a growing reputation as an international knowledge centre in areas including supply chain management and logistics. Rotterdam has been a hub of international trade and commerce for centuries, and is home to the Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe and ranked in the top 10 of largest ports in the world.
Vibrant urban life
Rotterdam is globally known for its progressive outlook, and the city is bursting with art, music, world-famous architecture, cinema, dance and theatre. The city hosts numerous annual festivals, concerts and sporting events. Rotterdam’s nightlife rivals that of Amsterdam with a hip and creative young scene filling restaurants, bars, cafés and nightclubs. During the summer, you can enjoy the sun from a terrace or park with relaxing music and food, and great views of the river and the Rotterdam skyline.
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Edyta lives and works in Rotterdam. "I like the amazing career opportunities the city offers, its maritime events, and the international atmosphere."
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“Rotterdam deserves the spotlight. It has great architecture, quirky attractions, and most surprisingly, an exciting food scene.” Yup, it makes us hungry just thinking about it!
Dutchreview: "Rotterdam has something different to the traditional Dutch city. It’s the king of urban development and the city is quite literally, full of modern architecture. Just before you thought Rotterdam has finished with all that, then you thought wrong."
City Guide Rotterdam: "It doesn’t matter if you‘ re a visiting the city for business or pleasure, Rotterdam offers plenty of restaurants and lunchrooms where you can start your day with a healthy (or quick) breakfast. Also with kids."
The Scottish Sun: "The architecture doesn't get more fascinating, or more downright crazy than here"
The Globe and Mail: "Producing food locally is something the city is trying to do more of. This summer, Beladon, a sustainable-development company, is opening the world's first floating farm."
1843 Magazine: "Rotterdam is home to the new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, a joint project between the Netherlands, the United Nations and Japan, and every year more than 100 international delegations visit to see how architects and designers are reimagining the city."
Our city scores particularly well in income equality, political rights and civil liberties, and a gender-balanced work force.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: "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"
Did you know that Rotterdam is nicknamed ‘Manhattan on the Maas’ for its line up of creations by some of the world’s top architects?
The Telegraph: "This lively, contemporary and culturally rich Dutch city is now the stop before Amsterdam on the new Eurostar direct link from London."