Want to visit Rotterdam for the first time? Very curious to discover the city, but clueless as to what this great city might actually have to offer?

This brief introduction offers an initial impression and what you can see, do and experience in the city during your visit.

It's truly a metropolis. The impressive skyline can be seen for miles around, enhancing the city’s imposing appearance.

It's 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.

A major exhibition in the Kunsthal, a stirring concert in De Doelen or that charming gallery in the Witte de Withstraat, arts and culture are literally all around you.

The city offers large museums housing 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 held regularly in the many concert halls and theatres.

Soar high into the sky, stare live sharks right in the eye or enjoy the peace and quiet of nature: there's always something for everyone to do.

With Blijdorp Zoo, The Euromast and the newest Splashtours visitors of all ages are guaranteed to have a great time all day long.

The Maas River flows right through the city, crossed by the now-famous Erasmus Bridge which has become the symbol of the city

Rotterdam at Night

Countless tiny harbours line the banks of the river, each with its own unique character. Further downstream lies the industrial port that has made this great city the biggest port city in Europe.

Explore the waterfront by walking along the Veerhaven and the Boompjes, take a sailing tour of the port with Spido, or take the water taxi for a quick trip to the other side.

Here’s always something exciting going on. As host city for the Ortel Summer Carnival, the Fit For Free Dance Parade and North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam is the ultimate festival city of the Netherlands.

But are you also familiar with Motel Mozaïque and the Ortel Dunya Festival. This vibrant city is humming with activity all year round, offering festivals and events on themes related to culture, sports and music
It 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, fanatic shopping enthusiasts 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, in an arcade or a bustling street: the city has it all.

End your day on a relaxing sun terrace or in a grand café like Dudok. Finish up with delicious world cuisine at Bazar or Lulu.

From a classic French meal to a spicy exotic dish: in Rotterdam, everything is possible on the culinary front.

That is why restaurant guide SpecialBite has named Rotterdam the Culinary Capital of 2010.

The clubs like Off_Corso and Catwalk set the party scene in the Netherlands and far beyond.

Watt, the world’s first sustainable dance club, is a club and live music venue in one. Order a cocktail, live it up on the dance floor or chill for a while in a comfortable lounge.

Enjoy the many extras, the hotels have to offer: pure luxury and magnificent views.

Spend the night at unique locations like in the famous Cube houses or on top of The Euromast. Or choose for a nostalgic locations like Hotel New York or Stroom

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