Rotterdam Mini Guide
Rotterdam - an Introduction
Rotterdam is the Netherlands second largest city behind the capital Amsterdam
, a lively and modern part of the country that has a unique atmosphere, very different to the other Dutch cities. Rotterdam has lots to offer and is renowned for using the latest technology in building design and popular for its surroundings and setting.
What has Happened in the Past There?
The Rotterdam Blitz has become a famous part of history for this city, referring to World War II when the German air force bombed Rotterdam. Now Rotterdam has built an amazing vibrant and exciting city with various cultural attractions linked to The Rotterdam Blitz.
I Want to go There - What are my Options?
Rotterdam has many transport links - by rail, road and air making this city one of the most accessible in Holland. Rotterdam is served by The Hague Airport
, just 16 miles from the city. The airport is well connected to Rotterdam with public transport links and also benefits from many car hire suppliers within the arrivals hall. The airport is well connected to Rotterdam Central Station and bus services from Eurolines which links Rotterdam with many cities across the Netherlands.
Anything Interesting to See in the City
Rotterdam is blessed with the largest port in Europe and the famous Erasmus Bridge, positioned across The Meuse; it is a popular, modern and busy attraction that is definitely worth a visit when in the city.
Things to See Outside the City
One of Rotterdam's closest beaches is Scheveningen, around a 30 minute journey away and is by far the most popular in Netherlands. A step outside the city and you will find a long fine sandy beach with endless bars and restaurants, a busy and lively atmosphere offering a great day and evening.
Activities in the City
Water sports and yachting are very popular here, with its huge harbour and many lakes. One of the most popular places being The Kralingse Plas, a large community that creates a vibrant atmosphere for water-sports. If you're there in June, 'Hidden Gardens'
is a project that lets people open their beautiful private gardens to the public.
Can I Flex my Credit Card There?
Rotterdam has a variety of shopping communities, from small boutiques and huge shopping malls, to specialty food shops selling cheeses and other delicacies. Shopping in Rotterdam caters for all tastes and plenty to keep even the most avid shopper occupied.
New restaurants are opening all the time in Rotterdam and is turning the city into a popular place to dine. Each menu surprises you with something different, with food featuring from all around the world. Popular Dutch cuisine is widely available in Rotterdam with meat and fish dishes the most popular along with local beers and lagers.
Festivals and Celebrations
In 2010, Rotterdam was ranked the Best Festival City of the World drawing attention from the thousands of residents and tourists every year, attracting people with their cultural and exciting city and events. The International Film Festival is the most popular festival which takes place annually in January, where people can discover great new films. The festival lasts 12 days, during which many film makers around the globe present their work.