Rotterdam Tourism

Visit Rotterdam - Best of Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s ever growing skyscrapers spin an urban story like no other place in Netherland. The history of the city dates back to the 13th century when early settlers took refuge near a dam built here on the Rotte river. With time, its beauty - the riverside view, a craze for growing more efficiently than any other city in the country, its rich history from the medieval times to the World War II and a Port which is now the largest one in Europe, all sums up to form an exquisite weave that is Rotterdam.

Post the World War II or the Rotterdam Blitz, the city truly found its foothold and soon its architectural marvels were added to the city scape by some of the best architects including Rem Koolhaas and Ben van Berkel among others.

Rotterdam has a high population of foreigners and is perhaps the only city in the country where you can distinctly see world influences. The city’s active nightlife, hustling shopping pulse and its culture and art is something anyone can enjoy. The crowd-puller however, is their long list of larger-than-life festivals including the Summer Carnival and the popular North Sea Jazz festival. Festivals like these is Rotterdam’s way to compete with the ever-bustling Amsterdam.

Add to that mix a good collection of museums with its intriguing history and you have a vacation which is simply Rotterdam on a platter!

If there is anything that Rotterdam takes more seriously than its culture, it is its sport life. The city is nicknamed as the ‘City of Sports’ with a healthy dose of Football, Tennis, Field Hockey, Swimming, Boxing and Baseball tournaments added to its yearlong charm. Tourism has flourished in Rotterdam owing to its multi-dimensional culture, heritage and ultra-modern spaces and events.

If you are looking for a place which can offer a piece of everything, Rotterdam will map out a perfect sojourn for any curious traveler. 

Rotterdam Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Rotterdam tips for your visit

Essential Info

  • Time Zone: UTC + 1 hour
  • Currency: Euro
  • Electricity and Internet: Voltage is 220-240 Volts and you will need either a Type ‘C’ Euro-plug or a Type ‘F’ or Type ‘E’ plug. High speed internet is available in the city and most hotels offer free Wi-Fi too.
  • Languages: Dutch is the official language but English is also spoken widely.

Security Number

  • Emergency number: 112
  • Police: +31 0900-8844
  • Fire: + 31 10 446 8900
  • Erasmus Medical Center: + 31 10 704 0704

Tipping

  • By default, your bill at restaurants and other places will include a tipping value. However, you can tip 10 % over the bill if you love the service. At bars and small cafes, you can round off the bill.

Customs

  • Avoid giving white lilies or chrysanthemums on being invited to someone’s place. Also carry an odd number of flowers (but not 13).
  • A Handshake is a good way to greet the locals.
  • The locals are generally rather formal and avoid talking to a stranger on a first name basis unless asked to do so. 
More about Rotterdam

Facts and Stats for Rotterdam*

  • Pollution Statistics in Rotterdam

    Know the pollution level of Rotterdam before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 44.74 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.07 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33.93 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16.07 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 35.71 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 26.47 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 33.93 (Low)
  • Rotterdam: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Rotterdam for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rotterdam.

    • Burglary and Theft 36.29 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 30.74 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.68 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 24.59 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 27.5 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.92 (Low)
    • Attacks 36.48 (Low)
    • Drug offense 44.35 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.76 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 38.71 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.63 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 51.23 (Moderate)
  • Living in Rotterdam - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Rotterdam is 161.98 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 63.64 (High)
    • Climate Index 87.45 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 40.89 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30.07 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 79.8 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 81.32 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.94 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 81.69 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Rotterdam

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Rotterdam

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.84 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.9 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 103.41 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 102.79 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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