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Rotterdam
Travel Planning
Rotterdam

Rotterdam at a Glance

Rotterdam is a modernist mecca filled with wild architecture, contemporary art and multicultural communities.

Rotterdam has always relied on the sea and its maritime tradition is strong. The village of Delfshaven, now a neighborhood in ever growing Rotterdam, used to be the city's port village. Delfshaven avoided the bombs of WWII and is a good place to visit for a look at the history of the area and enjoy Rotterdam's quaint side. In contrast, Rotterdam's contemporary port is one of the busiest in the world. 

Many visitors are struck with Rotterdam's futuristic cityscape. Instead of rebuilding the old city after its destruction in WWII, citizens decided to completely redesign. The modern, livable city is a bastion of 20th and 21st century architecture. While sometimes not as elegant as the older Dutch cities that surround it, Rotterdam is filled with excitement and a unique energy as it continues to move forward. 

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Rotterdam The Hague Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter The Netherlands if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Rotterdam Centraal Station
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Weather is generally mild in Rotterdam. After heavy rains, flooding may be a problem.

      Safety Concerns Guard your personal belongings against pickpockets and thieves. Keep bikes locked up and use your hotel safe for valuables such as your passport. Avoid dark, deserted areas at night and pass quickly through bus and train stations to avoid a hassle. Drug deals and bike theft are common in some parts of the city. 

      Health Concerns The Netherlands are a safe country with clean drinking water and good public health. Practice good hygiene while in Rotterdam to avoid getting sick.