Rotterdam, World Port World City, is a city you have to experience for yourself. It is a young, dynamic, international city with a passionately beating heart. The city keeps reinventing itself at a rapid pace, redefining and expanding its already impressive skyline every time you visit and presenting new cultural and sporting events to surprise and delight you. Its ever-changing nature makes Rotterdam a city that you can rediscover time and again.
Want to visit Rotterdam for the first time? Curious to discover the city, but clueless to what this Manhattan on the Maas has to offer? This brief introduction offers an initial impression of Rotterdam and what you can see, do and experience in this vibrant city.
City of architecture
Rotterdam is truly a world city. The impressive skyline can be seen from afar, enhancing the city s imposing appearance. 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 the special Museum House offer you a look inside.
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Arts & Culture
A major exhibition in the Kunsthal, an enthralling concert in De Doelen or that fun little art gallery in Witte de Withstraat: the full scope of arts and culture is an intrinsic part of the city s allure. The city offers top museums that present exceptional exhibitions, such as the Kunsthal and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, but also boasts numerous smaller galleries. Feast your eyes and ears on the great shows in the many concert halls and theatres in Rotterdam.
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Entertainment for everyone
Climb high into the sky, look living sharks in the eye or enjoy the peace and quiet of nature: there s always something for everyone to do in Rotterdam s attractions. Top attractions like the Rotterdam Zoo, Spido boat tours and the Euromast guarantee fun times all day long for young and old.
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Get a taste of Rotterdam
Take a moment to relax and have a drink on a sunny terrace or in a grandcafé like Dudok. Conclude your day with a fantastic dinner in one of many restaurants that Rotterdam offers. From classic French cuisine to spicy and exotic dishes, this vibrant city has it all. That is why restaurant guide SpecialBite has named Rotterdam the Culinary Capital of 2010.
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Dive into the Rotterdam nightlife
Rotterdam s nightlife is metropolitan and alluring, catering to every taste. Whether you love dance, pop or salsa, Rotterdam is always playing your favourite music somewhere. Rotterdam clubs like Off_Corso set the party scene in the Netherlands and far beyond. In May 2010 Rotown was elected best pop stage in the Netherlands.
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Shop till you drop in Rotterdam
Rotterdam is a fabulous shopping city any season of the year. Even on Sunday, when many shops in this country close their doors for a day off, shopaholics can indulge themselves in Rotterdam. The shops in the city centre are open seven days a week. From exclusive to popular, from megastore to small boutique, situated in an arcade or a bustling street, Rotterdam has it all.
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City of water on the Maas
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, the largest port in Europe. Explore the waterfront and walk along the Veerhaven and the Boompjes, take a sailing tour through the port with Spido, or take the water taxi for a quick trip to the other side.