First time in Rotterdam
Rotterdam is a city you have to experience for yourself. A young, dynamic metropolis with a turbulent beating heart. A city that keeps renewing itself at a rapid pace. With every visit, the already impressive skyline expands again and you are surprised by a new cultural or sporting event. That makes Rotterdam a city you can discover anew every time.
First time in Rotterdam
Welcome to Rotterdam! Never been in Rotterdam? Very curious but no idea what kind of city it is located at the Maas? This short introduction gives you a first impression of Rotterdam and what you can see, do and experience.
City of architecture
Rotterdam is a real metropolis. From afar you can see the impressive skyline that gives the city a grand appearance. Rotterdam is nationally and internationally known as a city of architecture, with many examples of innovative architecture. Visit the acclaimed Markthal or the largest building in the Netherlands: De Rotterdam.
Art & Culture in abundance
A major exhibition in the Kunsthal, a compelling concert in the Doelen or that nice gallery on the Witte de Withstraat: Rotterdam is literally the place to be for art and culture. Both large museums with special exhibitions like the Kunsthal and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, and numerous small galleries can be found in the city. There are also many concert halls and theaters to feast your eyes and ears on.
Top entertainment for everyone
Take to the skies, look sharks in the eye or enjoy nature in peace and quiet: in Rotterdam there is always something to do for everyone in one of the many attractions. With top attractions such as Blijdorp Zoo, the Euromast, steamship ss Rotterdam and Splashtours, young and old are guaranteed to have a great time.
Rotterdam tastes like more
End the day on a cozy terrace or in a grand cafe like Dudok. Then enjoy worldly dishes in one of the many restaurants that Rotterdam has to offer. From a classic French dish to a spicy exotic meal: culinary everything is possible in this vibrant city.
Dive into the Rotterdam nightlife
Going out with metropolitan allure you do of course in Rotterdam. Whether you like dance, pop or salsa, there’s always a place with your favorite music. Rotterdam clubs are leading in partyminded Netherlands and far beyond.
Shop till you drop in shopping city Rotterdam
Rotterdam is the year-round shopping city par excellence. Even on Sundays shopping fanatics can visit Rotterdam. The stores in the city center are open 7 days a week. From exclusive to popular, from megastore to small boutique, indoors or in a cozy street; Rotterdam has it all.
Stretch out along the Maas
The Maas river flows through the middle of the city and together with the now famous Erasmus bridge it forms the symbol of Rotterdam. On the banks of the river are numerous small ports, each with their own character. Further downstream are the industrial ports, which make Rotterdam the largest port in Europe. Explore the waterfront with a walk along the Veerhaven and the Boompjes, take a cruise through the ports with Spido or take the water cab for a quick ride to the other side.
Experience the Rotterdam festivals
There is always something to do in Rotterdam. With the Summer Carnival, the Bavaria City Racing and the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam is the festival city of the Netherlands. But have you heard of Motel Mozaïque, the Dunya Festival and Camping Rotterdam? The city is bursting with festivals and events throughout the year.
Spend the night at a unique location
Enjoy the many extras Rotterdam hotels have to offer: pure luxury and stunning views. Spend the night at a unique location such as the famous Cube Houses or at the top of the Euromast. Or opt for a nostalgic atmosphere and sleep in Hotel New York or Stroom.
With the free Rotterdam app you always have Rotterdam at hand! The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. If you prefer to speak to someone in person, our staff will be happy to help you at one of the three Rotterdam Tourist Information locations.