Innovative, vibrant & arty – award-winning Rotterdam is a teeming with contrasts & surprises.


As urban experiences go, few can match Rotterdam for its stunning architecture, its wonderful harbour and its vibrant, canal-lined streets. Taller and with fewer water intersections than Amsterdam, Rotterdam has emerged from its neighbour’s shadow to offer a remarkable city experience, bursting with contrasts and gelled together by a remarkable civic infrastructure. UNESCO masterpieces contrast with an AI-driven harbour, in one of the great adverts for urban development.

Easy access by train with direct Eurostar connections and just 25 minutes from Schiphol, the redeveloped main station is a bold, innovative, car-restricted gateway to the city. Even those not considered art lovers cannot avoid being overcome by the bold, design and artistic identity of Rotterdam. There are precious few surprises left in our world – yet, Rotterdam is one of those OMG locations.


Facts & figures

  • Population: 630 000
  • June ave. temp. 15°C
  • September ave. temp. 15°C

Rail transfers

  • London (Eurostar) | 3 hrs
  • Schippol Airport | 25 mins


  • Dining
  • Museums
  • Architecture
  • Industrial innovation
  • Nature


  • RIB boats
  • Beach sports
  • Abseiling
  • Zip wire
  • Kayaking / boating
  • Sailing


Those arriving in Rotterdam will do so via the dramatic central station, a completed redeveloped area that forms the gateway to the city centre. With underpasses and traffic restrictions, pedestrians and cyclists rule this district. From the central point it is easy to access (by tram or on foot), canal-side bars, hotels, offices and shops. In this compact central area, the surviving buildings from WW2 are juxtaposed with the brave, contemporary architecture of the remarkable Market Hall, a cavernous domed structure that protects dining guests from the elements and also displays a vast mural on its slanting interior walls. There are atmospheric side streets which house pavement bar terraces, dance clubs and wine bars. The streets are packed with drinkers and diners along these side streets. Either through planning, geography or a combination of both, Rotterdam city centre is compact and easy to traverse on foot or via the extensive tram network.

The Rotterdam city centre gives way to the harbour, the biggest port in Europe. The harbour was also a historic embarkation point for migrants leaving Europe for the New World of the Americas. There remain historic legacies of these migration routes including the wonderful, harbourside Hotel New York, with its historic rooms and restaurant. The harbour is partly redeveloped and yet retains its position as a mover as massive volumes of freight. Ships sails its waters, alongside futuristic venues moored to the quayside and floating forests with trees anchored in the choppy waters. Leisure craft ply the waters of the harbour, taking clients to the numerous pontoons which access the city’s many attractions. New hotels, bars and restaurants have sprung up along the southern, redeveloped edge of the harbour whilst innovation also extends to farming with a floating farm being trialled on the harbour.



Explore the streets and sites of Rotterdam on an eScooter.


Step into the void from the highest tower in Rotterdam.

beach sports

Zip or bungy jump over the sea just north of Rotterdam.


There are a huge variety of dining options in Rotterdam, in terms of both venues and menus. The SS Rotterdam is a historic liner that has been permanently moored and offers accommodation and dining as if on the high seas. Cocktails on the deck at sunset are wonderful. There are endless hotel and restaurant dining options both in the city centre and on the waterfront. For informal dining there is the stunning Markthal which offers an indoor street food experience across endless stalls.

Dutch cuisine is influenced by its colonial past and Indonesian and Asian fusion cuisine is something to experience. There are several Michelin-starred restaurants across Rotterdam whilst large groups can be accommodated in remarkable venues such an old submarine factory or a UNESCO listed tobacco factory. Private caterers can be brought in to tailor the food to the client’s needs.


After dark, Rotterdam is alive with vibrant side streets and canal-side venues. Streets in the main entertainment districts are thronged with revellers and sophisticated wine bars border pumping dance clubs. Pavement terraces are a great feature of the city, with alfresco drinking and dining on the busy streets. Rotterdam has an international mix of residents and this is reflected in the music and clientele in the dance clubs.

Escaping the bustle, there are numerous restaurant terraces on the harbour that offer serene settings, with views over the water. For one of the best views over the harbour, the deck of the SS Rotterdam is a great place for a group drink. And for those looking for a real escape from the crowds, the sands of The Hague, just north of Rotterdam are covered in relaxing, very cool beach bars.


There are a superb range of meeting venues across the city. Rotterdam is one of the biggest pharmaceutical centres in Europe and hosts numerous international conferences. The professional meeting and exhibition infrastructure for large and small events is superb, offering great quality and variety. Numerous hotels also feature meeting, seminar and exhibition spaces, many with wonderful vistas and terraces overlooking the harbour. There are professional conference support services across the venues as well as excellent dining, entertainment and activity options throughout Rotterdam to complement the meeting event.

Rotterdam is one of the best-connected cities in Europe with transport links by air and rail. Rotterdam Central station is connected to London with direct rail services to the heart of the city. Once there, hotels, venues and entertainment are on the doorstep, whilst the locations slightly further afield in the city are easily accessed by the superb tram and underground network. Just north of Rotterdam is The Hague with its numerous international HQ’s across the business, political and legal world. Venues for meetings are plentiful across The Hague.


There is so much to do in Rotterdam, but the harbour is something not to miss. The combination of leisure and commerce on the waters make for a wonderful modern mix.




There are historic venues around the waterfront, punctuated by modern, daring structures that make you feel good about power of human ingenuity.

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