Discover Rotterdam as host city
Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and is well known for its port. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and third largest in the world. The city is becoming increasingly popular as tourist destination.
Rotterdam has been named one of the top cities in the world for travelers according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016! Rotterdam is a cosmopolitan city with much to offer for both locals and visitors. Futuristic architecture, inspired local 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. Rotterdam has a diverse, multi-ethnic community and a wealth of top-class museums like the ‘Kunsthal’ and the new ‘Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen’. Modern architecture fans will explore the cities landmark buildings such as the Erasmus Bridge, the Euromast, the Rotterdam Towers and the Market Hall. The distinctive swanlike Erasmus Bridge and The Erasmus University were named after the famous humanist, theologian and philosopher Desiderius Erasmus, who was born in Rotterdam in 1466.
Rotterdam tourist highlights
- Netherlands’ largest building 'De Rotterdam'
- The stunning revamp of the Central Station
- The Erasmus Bridge, nicknamed ‘The Swan’
- The Van Nelle Factory, UNESCO World Heritage
- The Cube Houses
- Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
- Witte de With, Rotterdam’s coolest street
- The Dutch Fotomuseum, located in a former warehouse
- The impressive Markthal, the first indoor market in the Netherlands
- Dinner in the trendy De Hofbogen, a former train station