A dynamic world city

    Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the biggest ports in the world. The population of the city amounts to 644.373 inhabitants.

    The bombardment and reconstruction, and the drive to innovate that is used today to shape the city, all make Rotterdam a fascinating place to visit. Everything seems possible in Rotterdam. The Rotterdam mentality and DNA are best captured in words like international, entrepreneurial, raw and straight-forward. 

    Gateway to Europe

    Rotterdam is a dynamic world city, internationally known as the 'gateway to Europe'. Our port is the hub of Europe's maritime cluster, but we also operate at global level in other economic sectors like Clean Tech, Life Sciences & Health, Energy, Agro-food, Transport & Logistics and Finance. Thanks to our many internationally acclaimed knowledge institutions, a flourishing international business community, high quality culture and architecture, a wide range of entertainment and leisure options and a very diverse population, Rotterdam offers everything in one.

    Continues to reinvent itself

    The city continues to reinvent itself at a rapid pace, redefining and expanding its already impressive skyline every time you visit. It presents new cultural and sporting events to surprise and delight you. Its ever-changing nature makes Rotterdam a city that you can rediscover time and again.

    The city's DNA

    Rotterdam is a city of forerunners, pioneers and people with the courage and will to drive change. Business, innovation and experimentation are all part of the city's DNA. Traditionally, Rotterdam has attracted immigrants from near and far. They came here to fulfil their dreams, to build a future.

    Data about Rotterdam

    • Total inhabitants: 644.373
    • Dutch origin: 312.334
    • Western immigrants: 83.629
    • Non-Western immigrants: 248.410

    Drinks and Dining

    Rotterdam is known as a pioneer for modernity but the city has also grown into a centre for mouth-watering international cuisine.


    Over the years, Rotterdam has been gradually transforming into a happening place for your taste buds, with culinary newcomers joining its growing gastronomic scene of tasty street food, tantalising ethnic bites, up to Michelin-star dining and molecular discoveries monthly.


    Just as Rotterdam has devoted its past to pioneering modernity, the city is now becoming a great place for new culinary developments and a haven for those on the hunt for trendy yet flavorsome dining.


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