This brief introduction offers an initial impression of Rotterdam and what you can see, do and experience in the city during your visit.
City of architecture
Rotterdam is truly a metropolis. The impressive skyline can be
seen for miles around, enhancing the city's imposing appearance.
Rotterdam is known in the Netherlands and abroad as a city of great
architecture, featuring many examples of innovative construction.
The famous Cube Houses are certainly worth a visit, and the special
Museum House offer you a look inside.
City of water on the Maas
The Maas River flows right through the city, crossed by the
now-famous Erasmus Bridge which has become the symbol of Rotterdam.
Countless tiny harbours line the banks of the river, each with its
own unique character. Further downstream lies the industrial port
that has made Rotterdam the biggest port city in Europe. Explore
the waterfront by walking along the Veerhaven and the Boompjes,
take a sailing tour of the port with Spido, or take the water taxi
for a quick trip to the other side.
Experience the Rotterdam festivals
In Rotterdam, there's always something exciting going on. As
host city for the Ortel Summer Carnival, the Fit For Free Dance
Parade and the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam is the ultimate
festival city of the Netherlands. But are you also familiar with
Motel Mozaïque, the Ortel Dunya Festival and Camping Rotterdam?
This vibrant city is humming with activity all year round, offering
festivals and events on themes related to culture, sports and
Shop till you drop
Rotterdam is a fabulous shopping city any season of the year.
Even on Sunday, when many shops in this country close their doors
for a day off, fanatic shopping enthusiasts can indulge themselves
in Rotterdam: the shops in the city centre are open seven days a
week. From exclusive to popular, from megastore to small boutique,
in an arcade or a bustling street: Rotterdam has it all.
Get a taste of Rotterdam
End your day on a relaxing sun terrace or in a grand café like
Dudok. Finish up with delicious world cuisine at Bazar or Lulu.
From a classic French meal to a spicy exotic dish: in Rotterdam,
everything is possible on the culinary front. That is why
restaurant guide SpecialBite has named Rotterdam the Culinary
Capital of 2010.
Dive into the city nightlife
Rotterdam clubs like Off_Corso and Catwalk set the party scene
in the Netherlands and far beyond. Watt, the world's first
sustainable dance club, is a club and live music venue in one.
Order a cocktail, live it up on the dance floor or chill for a
while in a comfortable lounge.
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