Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands with over 620,000 inhabitants and one of the largest ports in the world. As a result of strong international trade, Rotterdam has an multi-cultural, cosmopolitan character with over 170 nationalities. It is a young, dynamic, international city with a passionately beating heart. The city keeps reinventing itself at a rapid pace while continuously redefining and expanding its already impressive skyline. Rotterdam is simply bursting with architecture, design, art and culture, but also boasts a wide and varied range of shops, attractions, festivals, restaurants and parks. In 2015 Rotterdam won the award for ‘Best inner city of the Netherlands 2015-2017.

Number 1 Event City in the Netherlands

Rotterdam was voted IFEA World Festival & Event City 2015, and with good reason. Visitors from all over the world come to enjoy lively festivals like the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Marathon, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Summer Carnival.

Must-See City

Rough Guides and New York Times already included Rotterdam in their lists of ‘must-see’ cities. Most recently Rotterdam has been named one of the top cities in the world for travelers, according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016: “Futuristic architecture, inspired initiatives such as inner-city canal surfing, a proliferation of art, and a surge of drinking, dining and nightlife venues make Rotterdam one of Europe’s most exhilarating cities right now.”

Future Developments

The world’s first Floating Farm will open in Rotterdam early 2018. Forty cows will graze on this floating farm and produce 1,200 litres of milk a day. The production will be circular: cycles of nutrients, energy and water will be closed as much as possible. In 2018 Rotterdam will have the world’s first Public Art Depot that is fully accessible to the public. It will show all the objects of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and private collectors that are not on display in the museum. The Collection Building will be housed in an extraordinary building designed by architect Winy Maas. The Dutch Windwheel is the future sustainable icon. It is both figuratively and literally a vehicle for technical and technological innovations. It is a dynamic energy generator and a game changer for sustainable building.

Rotterdam Tourist App

With this free app on your phone, Rotterdam is at your fingertips: available 24 hours a day and always up-to-date. Information about locations, attractions, restaurants, hotels, nightlife, shops. But also a useful map and a real-time calendar filled with events that are happening in Rotterdam. Once the app has been downloaded, it can also be used offline without an internet connection. You can download the app from Apple App Store (iPhone / iPad) or find it in Google Play.