Rotterdam, called the "Gateway to Europe", is the second largest city in the Netherlands and has turned into a vibrant and dynamic place attracting thousands of visitors each year. Widely known for its famous port, the largest in Europe, the city keeps reinventing itself and is proud to have over 170 nationalities among its multi-ethnic community. From Rotterdam, you can also easily explore other areas in the Netherlands and Europe depending on your time and budget.
Cities such as London, Paris and Brussels are a quick train ride away. And Rotterdam is just 30 minutes from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one of the major European airport transit hubs, offering direct flights to almost anywhere in the world.
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.
The streets of Rotterdam are bursting with art and culture, world-renowned architecture, music, cinemas, dance and theatre. Our nightlife rivals that of Amsterdam and there is a hip scene that includes restaurants, bars, cafés and nightclubs. Every year the city hosts major festivals, concerts and sporting events.