Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. The city has grown into a major international commercial centre. Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe means that Rotterdam is often called the Gateway to Europe. The centre of Rotterdam was largely destroyed during the Second World War; its reconstruction features some of the best known post war architecture in Europe.
Rotterdam is divided into a northern and a southern part by the Nieuwe Maas river. The city centre is located on the northern bank of the Nieuwe Maas, although recent urban development has extended the centre to parts of southern Rotterdam known as De Kop van Zuid ('the Head of South', i.e. the northern part of southern Rotterdam).
You can find a lot of historic attractions in Rotterdam. Many of the Dutch cities best sights are on or near the water: Rotterdam is the busiest port in Europe, and as you walk along the Nieuwe Maas, you'll see freighters, tugboats, barges, water taxis, regional ferries, sightseeing boats, and pleasure boats going up and down the river.
Furthermore Rotterdam has a fantastic night life: It is very metropolitan and alluring, catering to every taste. Whether you love dance, pop or salsa, Rotterdam is always playing your favourite music somewhere. In addition it offers you a wide range of cocktail bars, restaurants and pubs. Moreover the city boasts excellent shopping facilities all year around. Even on Sunday, when many shops in the Netherlands are closed.
Above all the city has a great city transport system. You can take either the bus, water taxis, or the metro to explore Rotterdam. On top of this Rotterdam is not only well connected to the Dutch railway network, and has several international connections, it has also has the third largest airport in the Netherlands. You can easily go from Rotterdam to other European cities including the United Kingdom.
Universities in Rotterdam