The story of the city, the bombardment and reconstruction after the second World War, and the drive to innovate that locals still use today to shape their city all make Rotterdam a fascinating place to visit. The conference venue and nearby hotels offer easy access to the city’s main attractions, including interesting, modern architecture and the biggest harbour in Europe.
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Centraal Station Rotterdam
Rotterdam Central Station is also known as the international gateway to Rotterdam. Nearly 110,000 travellers pass through Central Station every day to catch a bus, tram, metro or train. Intercity trains from all across the country (including the Intercity Direct), the Thalys to Paris, and other international high-speed trains stop here several times a day, some even several times an hour.
You’ll find an indoor market hall in various world-class cities, but the combination with luxury housing makes Rotterdam’s Markthal the first of its kind. The apartments are draped over the food market in a horseshoe configuration. The Markthal has about 100 fresh food stands, nearly 15 food shops and various restaurants, with a supermarket and a four-level underground car park below. As you wander amongst the market stands, look up to enjoy the massive artwork sprawling across the ceiling: the ‘Horn of Plenty’ by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam.
Kinderdijk with the Waterbus
Kinderdijk, a World Heritage site with 19 windmills dating from the 18th century, is close to Rotterdam. Going to Kinderdijk by Water Bus is quickest and takes just 30 minutes. Take line 202 to Kinderdijk Molenkade. The stop is right in front of the entrance to Kinderdijk.
Rotterdam Zoo is situated in the district of Blijdorp in Rotterdam Noord. Stroll across the African Savannah and stand face-to-face with the giraffes. Visit Bokito the gorilla and his family. Walk on the seabed in the indoor Oceanarium and meet stingrays and sharks. Stroll through the largest butterfly paradise of Europe: Amazonica, filled with fragrant flowers, thousands of South American butterflies, anacondas and piranhas that love to bite.
The 800-metre long Erasmus Bridge spans the Maas River and links the northern and southern parts of Rotterdam. The suspension bridge has a 139-metre high steel pylon, which is secured with 40 cables. The shape of the pylon gave the bridge its nickname, The Swan . The Erasmus Bridge is the icon of Rotterdam. Designed by Ben van Berkel (1996).
The Euromast – the tallest building in Rotterdam – offers a fantastic 360-degree view of the city and her architecture. The observation platform and the restaurant are found 100 metres above the ground. The Euroscope offers the opportunity to go even higher, to a height of no less than 185 metres.
This picturesque yacht marina is one of the few parts of the old city that survived the 1940 bombardment of Rotterdam. It has had a remarkable history, both as the departure point from which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed for America and the birthplace of prominent Dutch maritime hero Piet Hein. Also reachable by Watertaxi.
The Cube Houses (or Pole Houses or Tree Houses) designed by architect Piet Blom are part of the Blaakse Bos development which borders on the Laurenskwartier district and the Waterfront area.
The SS Rotterdam is a hotel and has restaurants, bars and a terrace. It is also a special event location, attraction and can even be used as a wedding venue!