Rotterdam has always exerted a magnetic attraction on pioneers and market leaders. The 'solution-based’ approach ensures that innovations are also translated into production and thus become inspiring examples for the rest of the world. Its close proximity to the North Sea and three major rivers has led to the development of a strong maritime base in and around the city. The Rotterdam of today is an energy innovation and transition centre with tremendous ambition. Rotterdam is your gateway to Europe and the stepping stone to the wider world.
Blessed with striking, futuristic architecture, good public transport connections, plenty of fine restaurants and bars and a dynamic night-time economy, Rotterdam is rightly considered to be one of Europe’s most exhilarating and vibrant cities right now. The Netherlands' second-largest metropolis is a diverse community, with almost 48% of its inhabitants non-Dutch. It has an international reputation as a centre for arts and culture, as well as for maritime affairs, and there are a host of top-class museums to visit.
Want to explore the vibrant city of Rotterdam and its top class museums? You can visit the Maritime Museum for free during the exhibition week! In this museum you can go on a journey through the maritime past and present. The museum is in one of the oldest and largest museum harbours of the Netherlands, where you can visit historic vessels and cranes and experience how the world's leading port of Rotterdam began at this spot. By showing your Europort badge, a visit to the museum is free from 4 - 10 November 2019.