Rotterdam Travel Guide

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Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands is strikingly different from the country's other cities. This is because the city was rebuilt and reshaped into a modern entity, after the bombardment during World War II had destroyed it considerably. The word "Rotterdam" stems from a dam built over the river Rotte.

Known as the "City of Architecture", Rotterdam welcomes you to witness the tilted Cube houses as well as the spectacular constructions at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI). With a population of around 600.000, the city has a multi-cultural outlook and a cosmopolitan character.

The city is famous for festivals like the Summer Carnival, International Film Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Music, theater and arts have a unique place in this Dutch city, and the numerous historic museums make sure that entertainment is combined with knowledge.

Rotterdam has the largest port in Europe and forms a hub for shipping goods from Europe to the rest of the world. The main industries include shipping and petrochemicals.  One of the best ways to experience the 40 km long harbour line is through a Spido Boat Tour.

The city has a well developed public transport system complete with trams, buses and underground metro line. Tourist cards like the Holland Pass and the Rotterdam Welcome Card help in exploring the city in a budget friendly way.

Where to Go in Rotterdam

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Bastion Deluxe Hotel Rotterdam Beneluxtunnel

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Cube Houses

Overblaak 70

Architectural marvel, tilted at 45 degrees

Gauchos aan de Maas

Holland Amerikakade 900, 3072 MC Rotterdam, Netherlands

Ahoy Rotterdam

Ahoyweg 10

Multipurpose venue hosting inspiring national and international events.

Rotterdam Blog Posts

UPDATES FROM OUR TRAVEL TEAM

Photo Friday – Kralingen Lake, Rotterdam
Shot on a warm Summer morning, this picture shows one of the best places to spend a relaxing day in Rotterdam - the Kralingen Lake. Surrounded by the Kralingen Park (Het Kralingsche bos), the lake offers plenty of recreational activities, both for the young and the old.  Read more

Typical Dutch Food (Part II) - Stroopwafels
Continuing with the Typical Dutch Food series on NileGuide Rotterdam, today we will discuss another mouth-watering Dutch treat: Stroopwafels.  Read more

Photo Friday – Euromast, Rotterdam
This week's Photo Friday flaunts the Euromast as seen from the Maas river. This photo was taken during our Spido boat tour across the river Maas earlier this year, and presents the 185m tall tower in all its glory.  Read more


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