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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One of Europe’s coolest cities
The Scottish Sun: "The architecture doesn't get more fascinating, or more downright crazy than here"
Visit the city of the future today
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."
Why You’ll Want to Visit Rotterdam
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"
Equality in Europe
Our city scores particularly well in income equality, political rights and civil liberties, and a gender-balanced work force.
This is Rotterdam’s season to shine
National Geographic: "As a strategic port and important industrial city, Rotterdam was heavily bombed during World War II. These days, Rotterdam has rebuilt itself into a contemporary and unique metropolis, a blend of foreign and local architecture."
Rotterdam's historic bridge complete
I am Expat: "A historic bridge in Rotterdam called De Hef has long been left idle. In 2014, the Rotterdam city council began funding the restoration of the bridge, now considered a national monument."
The coolest city in the Netherlands
Huffington Post: "It may play second fiddle to Amsterdam, but Rotterdam—the Netherlands second-largest city—pulses with its own unique brand of creative energy."
Fast Company: "Europe's largest port—threatened by rising waters and a loss of its major industry—has reinvented itself as a playground for innovative thinkers who are trying to create a resilient city of the future."
50 Best Places to Travel in 2017
Travel + Leisure: "After years in Amsterdam’s shadow, the second-largest city in the Netherlands is stepping into the spotlight thanks to its burgeoning culinary and design scenes."
Among the endless reasons to live and study in Rotterdam, 10 major incentives that cover a wide range of topics and interests are certainly worth sharing with you.
5 Europe’s Next Capital of Cool
Vogue: "Rotterdam, which was heavily bombed during World War II, has had an opportunity to rebuild as strikingly modern city full of experimental architecture and cutting-edge design with a dynamic food-and-drink scene."
The Dutch city that's more like Dubai
BBC Travel: "Rotterdam is the most architecturally serious, intense, playful, jubilant city in the world."
Why Rotterdam is awesome
I AM EXPAT: "Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and the largest port in Europe. It is a haven for artists and musicians, sculptors and architects, free love and practical life."
A Design Lover’s Guide to Rotterdam
Architectural Digest: "The second-largest Dutch city provides plenty of cultural excursions, historic attractions, and strikingly modern architecture"
"10 reasons to visit Rotterdam in '16"
Evening Standard: "Holland’s second city is packed with great food, booze and culture"
"Rotterdam is the city of the future"
Dezeen: "Landmark buildings and experimental construction are transforming the Netherlands' second city into a world-class destination for architectural innovation."
"Best in Travel 2016 #5"
Lonely Planet: "Rotterdam is the future… now"
Why go now?
An essential stop for design lovers
"An Insider’s Guide to Rotterdam"
"Tourists love it"
"Best European City 2015"
"8 Reasons to visit Rotterdam"
The Rough Guides: "8 Reasons to visit the Netherlands' second city"