Rotterdam is one of the largest and most modern ports in the world, the major foreign-trade centre of the Netherlands and its second largest city, cut into two sections by the River Rhine (Dutch: Nieuwe Maas).
In 1940, during World War II, downtown Rotterdam was largely destroyed. In the wake of WWII, Rotterdam rebuilt its city centre and is presently home to over 600,000 residents who represent a staggering 174 different nationalities.
Which such an exciting diversity of ethnic cultures and many attractions there is always something to do in Rotterdam. The impressive skyline can be seen from afar, enhancing the city’s imposing appearance.
The Maas River runs through the city centre, crossed by the now-famous Erasmus Bridge which has become the symbol of Rotterdam. Countless small harbours are situated along the banks of the Maas, each with its own unique character. Further downstream the industrial port of Rotterdam appears, the largest port in Europe.
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 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Wereldmuseum, the Maritime Museum and Kunsthal Rotterdam present a cultural voyage of discovery.
Rotterdam’s leading concert halls including the congress centre de Doelen offer an exceptional level of visual and auditory enjoyment and Rotterdam is the home town of the Erasmus University and Erasmus Medical Center.
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Rotterdam city guide