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    Rotterdam – a brief overview

    Amsterdam may have the cutesy canals, but Rotterdam is the Dutch city with the most cosmopolitan vibe. Its character is based around a confident melange of futuristic architecture and a long history of harmonious multiculturalism. This creates an exciting blend of young and old, bold and brash. The constantly changing high-rise skyline has given rise to its nickname: ‘Manhattan-on-the-Maas’.

    But the city isn’t all steel and glass towers. Historic Delfshaven escaped war damage and retained its charming character. Europe’s most important port also boasts great museums, top shopping opportunities and vibrant nightlife, making it a must-see destination.

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    Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

    Museumpark 18
    3015 CX Rotterdam
    Netherlands
    Tel: +31 10 441 9400
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1700

    One of the Netherlands’ best art collections houses works by practically everyone, from Rembrandt and Van Gogh to Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol.

    Kunsthal

    Westzeedijk 341
    3015 AA Rotterdam
    Netherlands
    Tel: +31 10 440 0301
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1100-1700

    This large art space hosts up to half a dozen changing exhibitions at any one time, with no permanent collection, in a building designed by architect Rem Koolhaas.

    Euromast

    Parkhaven 20
    3016 GM Rotterdam
    Netherlands
    Tel: +31 10 436 4811
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-2200 (Apr-Sep)
    Daily 1000-2200 (Oct-Mar)

    Head to the top of this 180m tower for a panoramic view across the city and the sprawling Europoort beyond, the world’s busiest harbour.

    Nederlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi)

    Museumpark 25
    3015 CB Rotterdam
    Netherlands
    Tel: +31 10 440 1200
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1100-1700

    Befitting a city that prides itself on architecture, NAi tells the history of urban and spatial planning, as well as interior design.

    Het Park

    Het Park
    Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Rotterdam’s largest park – filled with trees and small lakes – is a relaxing place to stroll, and at its best on a sunny weekend.

    Kop van Zuid

    Kop van Zuid
    Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Some of Rotterdam’s most adventurous architectural statements cluster to the south of Erasmus Bridge, in the former docklands, Kop van Zuid. One notable building is Toren op Zuid, created by Renzo Piano, with a facade that leans at 6 degrees.

    Wereldmuseum

    Willemskade 22-25
    3016 DM Rotterdam
    Netherlands
    Tel: +31 10 270 7172
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1030-1730

    Celebrating the many non-European cultures that have had a major influence on Rotterdam, the permanent collection here features art objects from every corner of the globe.

    Maritiem Museum Rotterdam

    Leuvehaven 1
    3011 EA Rotterdam
    Netherlands
    Tel: +31 10 413 2680
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1000-1700 (Jul-Aug only)
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1100-1700

    The Maritime Museum pays tribute to Rotterdam’s nautical history. On the ground floor is a large model of the Europoort, but the prize exhibit, the 1868 warship De Buffel, is moored on the harbour outside.

    Delfshaven

    Voorhaven, Delfshaven district
    Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    The open-air museum of Delfshaven is filled with gabled houses lining a historic waterfront. Voorhaven is the main and prettiest street. At one end of it is a working mill, Korenmolen de Distilleerketel (open Wed and Sat).

    Kinderdijk

    Molenkade
    Kinderdijk
    Netherlands
    Tel: +31 78 691 2830
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1730 (mid Mar-Oct)
    Daily 1100-1600 (Nov-Dec)

    A few kilometres southeast of Rotterdam, the sight of the 19 Kinderdijk windmills in full sail is quintessential Netherlands. It’s the romantic stuff that launched a 1,000 jigsaws. The mills date to around 1740.

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    Country overview

    A small country with a big profile, the Netherlands offers a beguiling blend of rural, traditional beauty and vibrant culture. Occupying a delta at the confluence of three major rivers where they empty into the North Sea, it is truly a water world: canals, coast and lakes are never far from view. Flat as a pannenkoek, it also makes an ideal destination for cycling, an integral mode of transport among the Dutch themselves.

    Holland (as the country is alternatively referred to) is also a deeply cosmopolitan place where museums overflow with paintings from its Golden Age, and a cavalcade of festivals showcase performing artists from within and beyond its borders.

    Geography

    The Netherlands shares borders to the south with Belgium and to the east with Germany, while the North Sea lies to the north and west. Large areas of The Netherlands have been reclaimed from the sea and consequently one-fifth of the country lies below sea level. The country is flat and level and is criss-crossed by rivers and canals.

    Areas reclaimed from the sea, known as polders, are extremely fertile. The landscape is broken by the forest of Arnhem, the bulb fields in the west, the lakes of the central and northern areas, and coastal dunes that are among the most impressive in Europe.

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    Key facts

    Population: 16805037

    Population Density (per sq km): 405

    Capital: Amsterdam

    Language

    Dutch is the official language. Frisian is spoken in the northern province of Friesland. English, German and French are widely spoken.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin European-style plugs are in use.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 – December 2017 period.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Good Friday: 25. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    King’s Day: 27. April 2016
    Liberation Day: 5. May 2016
    Ascension Day: 5. May 2016
    Whit Monday: 16. May 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Good Friday: 14. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    King’s Day: 27. April 2017
    Liberation Day: 5. May 2017
    Ascension Day: 25. May 2017
    Whit Monday: 5. June 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Rotterdam

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    At night Rotterdam bubbles with energy. Its thriving nightlife ranges from traditional ‘brown’ cafés to trendy dance clubs.

    At the weekend many regular bars also host DJs.

    Reijngoud

    Schiedamse Vest 148
    3012 BG Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    One of Rotterdam’s best modern bars has 120 craft beers in a revamped industrial location.

    Locus Publicus

    Oostzeedijk 364
    3063 CD Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    A favourite pub with beer enthusiasts, as the menu offers 250 choices.

    NRC (Nieuw Rotterdams Café)

    Witte de Withstraat 63
    3012 BN Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Modern grand café in the former editorial offices and print room of a national newspaper.

    De Witte Aap

    Witte de Withstraat 78
    3012 BE Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Lively and popular café that transforms into a club at weekends.

    Rotown

    Nieuwe Binnenweg 19
    3014 GB Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    All-in-one popular Rotterdam meeting point: café, restaurant, and on many nights also a live music venue.

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    Restaurants in Rotterdam

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    Rotterdam has hundreds of restaurants in every price range serving virtually every cuisine imaginable.

    From high-end fine dining to cheap and cheerful bagel bars, you’ll find it here.

    FG

    Lloydstraat 204
    3024 EA Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Price: Expensive

    Exclusive retreat serving innovative double-Michelin-starred food – the chef learned his craft at The Fat Duck in the UK.

    Wereldmuseum

    Willemskade 22-25
    3016 DM Rotterdam
    Netherlands
    Tel: +31 10 270 7172
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    Price: Expensive

    Fashionable Michelin-starred restaurant in the like-named museum, with great harbourside views.

    Zeezout

    Westerkade 11b
    3016 CL Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Price: Moderate

    Stylish modern restaurant with a focus on exquisite fish and seafood.

    Loos

    Westplein 1
    3016 BM Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Price: Moderate

    Traditional grand café with both an upmarket restaurant and a cheaper bar menu.

    Bagel Bakery & Burgers

    Schilderstraat 57a-59a
    3011 ER Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Price: Cheap

    Queues outside bear testimony to the popularity of this ‘bakery-plus’.

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    Ronde van Katendrecht

    20 – 21 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Deliplein.

    This epic bike race has been attracting cyclists for over 60 years, with riders zipping around central Rotterdam in pro races, fixed-gear bike contests and kids’ competitions. Whether you’re battling round the course in a bid for the finishing line or sipping beer on the sidelines, it’s terrific fun.

    Poetry International Festival

    8 – 12 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: Rotterdamse Schouwburg.

    World-famous poets land on Rotterdam each June for the city’s poetry festival, which has been going strong for over 40 years. Expect a lively programme of readings, debates, lectures, interviews and book signings, as well as an exploration of poetry reflected in art, music and film.

    CHIO Rotterdam

    23 – 26 June 2016
    Website

    Venue: CHIO Rotterdam, Kralingse Bos.

    Fast approaching its 70th anniversary, this international equestrian event features extraordinary displays of showjumping and dressage. Aside from a packed programme of nail-biting competitions, visitors can enjoy outstanding horse demonstrations, fantastic kids’ activities and live concerts performed by world-famous artists.

    Robin Rotterdam Unlimited

    July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Rotterdam is party central for three days each July, boasting a jam-packed roster covering everything from street dance shows and acoustic guitar performances to contemporary poetry readings and striking art installations. The highlight is the kaleidoscopic summer carnival with its drum battle, flamboyant street parade and crowning of the queen.

    Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz

    8 – 10 July 2016
    Website

    Venue: Ahoy Rotterdam.

    This three-day jazz extravaganza is a formidable force, with a truly stellar line-up that’s previously included the likes of The Buena Vista Social Club, Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole. Around 1,000 musicians perform on a variety of stages within the Ahoy Rotterdam arena.

    OVG Veerhaven Concert

    29 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Veerhaven.

    Small boats jostle bow to stern in pretty Veerhaven harbour, while crowds pack the shore for the late-summer open-air concert performed by Sinfonia Rotterdam. Audiences are treated to a programme crammed with favourite classical tunes. If you can’t make the Sunday night, the Saturday afternoon rehearsal is also free.

    Pleinbioscoop (Open-air Cinema)

    August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Museumpark.

    Hundreds of film fans gather beneath the stars each night in the second half of August for the annual Pleinbioscoop open-air cinema festival. The majority of films are in English, but check the website first, as a few are in Dutch or other languages with Dutch subtitles.

    World Port Days

    4 – 6 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: River Maas quays.

    Rotterdam celebrates all things maritime at this three-day festival in and around the city’s port. From spectacular nautical demonstrations and exhibitions to ship visits and excursions to local companies, the event is packed with fun festivities. Don’t miss the magnificent fireworks display on the Saturday night.

    International Film Festival Rotterdam

    21 January – 1 February 2016
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Filmmakers compete for prestigious Tiger Awards in this 12-day festival. The awards recognise first or second feature films, with a separate contest for shorts. Movie fans can enjoy plenty of out-of-competition screenings too, along with parties, kids’ activities, exhibitions and director discussions.

    ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

    8 – 14 February 2016
    Website

    Venue: Ahoy Rotterdam.

    With its impressive line-up of top-tier international tennis players (Tomas Berdych won the 2014 event), this is one of the most popular tournaments on the ATP World Tour. Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and Boris Becker are all former winners.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Rotterdam

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    Rotterdam accommodation covers every base from budget to top-end luxury.

    Since the city is mainly business-oriented however, those at the bottom end of the scale are thinner on the ground.

    The Manhattan Hotel Rotterdam

    Weena 686
    3012 CN Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Category: Expensive

    High-rise luxury with large modern rooms and great city views.

    Mainport Design Hotel

    Leuvehaven 77
    3011 EA Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Category: Expensive

    Swish ultra-modern design option with an unbeatable location and harbour views.

    SS Rotterdam Hotel

    3e Katendrechtsehoofd 25
    3072 AM Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Category: Moderate

    Relive the grand old days in this former transatlantic liner, now permanently moored.

    NHOW Rotterdam

    Wilhelminakade 127
    3072 AP Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Category: Moderate

    Panoramic glass windows dominate the rooms in this new chic design hotel.

    The Student Hotel

    Willem Ruyslaan 225
    3063 ER Rotterdam
    Netherlands
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    Category: Cheap

    Despite the name, anyone is welcome to stay in this modern-built budget place.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +31

    Telephone

    Calls can be made from public callboxes, though they’re increasingly difficult to find. Phones accept the KPN telefoonkaart, a prepaid card which can be bought from tobacconists in denominations of €5, €10 and €20. Coins or credit cards are also accepted. The cost is €0.10 per pulse for local calls. Telephone information is given in French, English and German.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is universal.

    Internet

    There are many internet cafes and some internet access centres. Business centres also provide public access. Using the Internet is very straightforward in Amsterdam, where computers are available to use free of charge in libraries and public buildings.

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    Shopping in Rotterdam

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    Key Areas

    Rotterdam’s main shopping drags are the streets heading off and around Beursplein. Pedestrianised Lijnbaan will be a particularly happy hunting ground for high-street names and department stores. Witte de Withstraat has trendy galleries, while most high-end fashion outlets centre around Van Oldenbarneveltstraat.

    Markets

    Vast Binnenrotteplein, just east of Blaak station, transforms regularly into one of the Netherlands’ largest street markets. Every Tuesday and Saturday around 500 stalls sell fruit and veg, meat and fish, books, clothes, household goods, general bric-a-brac, and of course flowers. A smaller market sets up on Sundays except in the winter months.

    Shopping Centres

    The city’s largest shopping mall is Alexandrium (Korte Poolsterstraat 2), located a couple of kilometres east of the centre and close to Rotterdam Alexander railway station. It has around 200 outlets covering every daily need from food to household accessories.

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    Traveller etiquette

    The Dutch are a tolerant breed and there is little you can do or say to ruffle them (except perhaps to display your own intolerance of, say, ethnic minorities or alternative lifestyles). Their straightforwardness can sometimes strike foreigners as blunt, if not plain rude. Conversely, the Dutch will expect you to be direct as well: yes means yes, not ‘maybe.’

    It is customary to shake hands when seeing someone you know or when being introduced to someone; women and men or women and women may kiss each other on alternating cheeks three times.

    You may be fashionably late for social gatherings but not for business meetings. Casual wear is generally acceptable, except for business functions or at smart restaurants, bars and clubs.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    According to Oxfam, The Netherlands is the best country in the world for having the most plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable diet. Suffice to say, then, travellers couldn’t be in a better place as far as food quality and hygiene is concerned. As in most developed nations, tap water in The Netherlands is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    People visiting The Netherlands have a low risk of contracting diseases, but medical professionals advise travellers to make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccinations before every trip.

    Hepatitis A and B are present around the world and can be transmitted through contaminated food, sexual contact and contaminated needles. Speak to your doctor to see if vaccinations are right for you. Rabies is present in bats in The Netherlands, but is not found in dogs. If you are planning to go caving in The Netherlands or work with bats, it may be worth having a rabies vaccination.

    Perhaps the biggest health risk in The Netherlands is that of sunburn. It might not always feel hot during the summer months, but the UV rays are still strong – be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and make sure you stay hydrated.

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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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