Rotterdam. Make It Happen.

A city of distinctive character, Rotterdam is bold, energetic and constantly changing. Rotterdam and its inhabitants never shy away from experimentation. In fact, they would rather seek it out. This has always been the Rotterdam way. Like the river Maas, the city is constantly changing, reinventing itself, moving forward.

Buzzing city

Rotterdam never sleeps, there is always something going on. Every year, new, original festivals are launched. New restaurants, bars, coffee bars and clubs are opening at exciting locations all the time. Leading museums and art institutions, such as the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Kunsthal Rotterdam, continue to attract attention with high-profile exhibitions. And also the range of shopping opportunities grow day by day, from famous international fashion stores to cool design shops selling products produced locally.

Quick facts about Rotterdam

  • + 40+ destinations from Rotterdam The Hague Airport
  • + 26 minutes away from International Airport Schiphol
  • + Thriving cosmopolitan city: 630,000 inhabitants
  • + 170+ nationalities
  • + 2nd tier city: competitive rates
  • + 8,000 hotel rooms in Rotterdam region
  • + Capacity largest venue 10,000


It is no surprise that the eyes of the international public and media are increasingly directed at Rotterdam. Whether it is in architecture, the creative sector or the smart port, Rotterdam is often trendsetting. The city on the Maas is home to many leading architectural practices, including Rem Koolhaas’ OMA and the MVRDV and ZUS practices. Rotterdam’s universities, educational institutes and knowledge centres, including the flagship Erasmus University, have an international reputation for high-quality research and education.

Entrepreneurial and innovative

Rotterdam is the city where the Make It Happen mentality is felt and visible wherever you go. With people, organizations and companies who choose Rotterdam and who find their take on Rotterdam’s mentality and ‘can do’ spirit. The entrepreneurial spirit and innovative hubs in the region such as Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship, SuGu Club, CIC / Venture Café, BlueCity010, RDM Rotterdam and YES!Delft are all testimonials to the ‘make it happen’ way of doing things, supporting start-ups and connecting people, companies and knowledge and research institutes.

Events and congresses

Rotterdam is also a prime location for corporate events, fairs and congresses. The city holds top venues, hotels and business locations, each with their own specific feel and facilities, all situated within walking distance or a short public transport ride from Central Station. Examples of Rotterdam’s top event venues are Rotterdam Ahoy (which is currently developing a whole new Convention Centre, scheduled to open in 2020), De Doelen ICC and Postillion Convention Centre. The city is easily accessible from two international airports (Schiphol and Rotterdam The Hague Airport). The wide range of leisure activities on offer in and around the city and the buzzing social scene and night life make for great social programme options. In short, Rotterdam has so much to offer.

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