Rotterdam, your host city

Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and is well known for its port. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe. The city is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination. Rotterdam has been named one of the top cities in the world for travellers according to Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2016. Rotterdam is a cosmopolitan city with much to offer for both locals and visitors. Futuristic architecture, inspired local initiatives such as inner-city canal surfing, a proliferation of art and a surge of drinking, dining and nightlife venues make Rotterdam one of Europe's most exhilarating cities right now. Rotterdam has a diverse, multi-ethnic community and a wealth of top-class museums like the 'Kunsthal' and 'Boijmans – 'Van Beuningen'. Modern architecture fans will explore the cities landmark buildings such as the Erasmus Bridge, the Euromast, the Rotterdam Towers and the Market Hall. The distinctive swanlike Erasmus Bridge and The Erasmus University were named after the famous humanist, theologian and philosopher Desiderius Erasmus, who was born in Rotterdam in 1466.

Rotterdam is a city of pioneers, trailblazers and people who dare and want to bring about change. Entrepreneurship, innovation and experimentation are in our DNA. From time immemorial, Rotterdam has attracted immigrants from far and wide. They came here to make their dreams come true, to build a future. This pioneering spirit ensured that Rotterdam grew into the world port city it is today. A city that is still characterised by its daring drive for innovation: whether in architecture, the creative sector or the port. It also means that our city is often a trendsetter. Think, for example, of the development of the Second Maasvlakte and the architectural highlights on the Kop van Zuid. Or our universities, educational institutions and knowledge centres, which are held in high regard internationally for their high-quality research and education.

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