Rotterdam is currently one of the largest ports in the world and the home base for many important industries, including the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, banking and insurance, and
hi-tech and science industry. Once a modest fishing village on the banks of the Rotte, Rotterdam grew to become the second-largest city in the Netherlands. With over 616,000 inhabitants (1.2 million including Greater Rotterdam), Rotterdam is a true metropolis on the Maas. The inhabitants of Rotterdam (Rotterdammers) are straightforward, humorous and hospitable people for whom a deal is a deal. For centuries they have been dealing with people from abroad; how else would Rotterdam have been able to secure its unique position in world trade and commerce?
How to come to Rotterdam?
- In under 30 minutes, public transportation brings you to Rotterdam from either Schiphol Airport or Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
- International direct trains to Belgium, France, Great Britain and Germany depart many times a day from Rotterdam Central Station.
- The Rotterdam Public Transport system comprises a network of bus and tramway services as well as a modern, efficient metro (underground) network.