Rotterdam Tourism

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. 

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


  • 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.


  • 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. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Rotterdam

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

    • Air Pollution 47.83 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 27.78 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.06 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 34.72 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 34.72 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 27.38 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 30.56 (Low)
  • How safe is Rotterdam for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Rotterdam.

    • Burglary and Theft 35.2 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 29.33 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.21 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 24 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 27.7 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 38.85 (Low)
    • Attacks 34.33 (Low)
    • Drug offense 42.76 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.17 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 58.77 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.17 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 27.63 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 51.33 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Rotterdam is 177.75 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 64.37 (High)
    • Climate Index 87.89 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 42.48 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30.35 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 71.75 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 81.3 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.69 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 102.75 (High)
    • 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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.17 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.56 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.82 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 95.29 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 99.09 USD

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

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