Rotterdam is a young, dynamic metropolis that continues to renew itself at a rapid pace. Internationally renowned for the drive for innovation and unpolished charm. Whether it’s the ever-changing skyline full of daring architecture, the port being the smartest in the world, or the can-do mentality of its residents. Rotterdam is a city with a distinct character, energetic and always on the move. A city of forerunners, pioneers and people who dare and want to bring change.
Rotterdam is a dynamic metropolis, internationally acclaimed as ‘gateway to Europe’. The port is the hub of Europe’s largest maritime cluster, but it also operates on a global scale within other strong economic sectors such as Clean Tech, Life Sciences & Health, Energy, Agro-food, Transport & Logistics and Finance. Thanks to the many internationally recognized knowledge institutes, a thriving international business community, high-quality culture and architecture, a rich leisure offer, and a great diversity of residents, Rotterdam offers everything in one.
With the strategic location in Europe, Rotterdam is literally connected to the rest of the world.
In the compact city center many business and conference venues, hotels and other facilities are within walking distance of each other. Therefore, connections arise in Rotterdam organically.
A city of progress
Rotterdam is a city of forerunners, pioneers and people who dare and want to bring change. Entrepreneurship, innovation and experimentation, it’s in our DNA. Traditionally, Rotterdam has attracted immigrants from far and wide. They came here to make their dreams come true, to build a future. This pioneering drive ensured that Rotterdam grew into today’s world port city. A city that is still characterized by its daring urge to innovate: whether in architecture, the creative sector or the port. It also means that the city is often trendsetting. Think, for example, of the development of the Tweede Maasvlakte and the architectural delights of the Kop van Zuid and Markthal. Or our universities, educational institutions and knowledge centers that are internationally renowned for their high-quality research and education.
Rotterdam is a city with a distinct character, energetic and always on the move where almost anything is possible. Statements in the field of architecture, urbanism and design are combined with small scale. Here you get unprecedented space for innovation and entrepreneurship. The city welcomes creative minds who believe in the future of the city and want to be part of a manufacturing culture. The Rotterdam mentality of ‘thinking in solutions’ ensures that innovations are also converted into production, thus providing inspiring examples for the rest of the world.
A city is never finished and so Rotterdam keeps reinventing itself. Old port areas here are successfully transformed into innovative living and working areas. Vacancy serves as a catalyst for urban renewal. The city grows and works creatively with the space that exists: in height, depth or on the water.
Thanks to the strategic location, Rotterdam is literally connected to the rest of the world. With more than 170 nationalities living side by side and with each other, Rotterdam also has the world in its city. Part of the residents are born here, part of them came here to build the future. This great diversity of dreams, wishes and residents, makes Rotterdam rich in many subcultures.
You can see this back in the art – culture, in the nightlife, in the eating culture, in the business community, and literally on the street. Thanks to its diversity Rotterdam has a unique urban vibe. The city is tough, lively, diverse, and constantly evolving. This makes Rotterdam a real ‘must see’ city. A city where there is room for everyone.