Rotterdam City Guide


After many years of rebuilding, Rotterdam has risen into an architectural, progressive, and vigorous city with a different and better skyline. It is certainly one of Europe’s more advanced places to visit. Being Netherlands’s second largest city, Rotterdam has roughly 600,000 inhabitants and a port that is the biggest in Europe and which is also one of the world’s largest. This pretty much hints that this town could be quite busy and work centered; it is actually a no-nonsense city of the worker with a strong economy that can lure a great number of immigrants from different places around the globe. It has a cutting edge culture characterized by its increasingly dazzling night life, a bold architecture, and a parade of summer festivals that commemorate the identity and cultural diversity of its population. As a result, they have so many wonderful events exemplifying their love for their being multicultural. There is the Rotterdam 666, the Dance Parade, the World harbour days, the Summer Carnival, and the Metropolis Pop Festival. Dance and music are dear to this city. There are so many theaters, concert buildings, and complexes where exhibitions, pop concerts, and other activities including tennis tournaments are held. Venues such as WATT, Rowtown, and Exit are for pop music events, while WORM is for other subcultural cutting edge music and experimental music. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra directed by the world famous Valery Gergeiv is the city’s very own orchestra. Rotterdam’s sense of culture is also represented by the establishments of dance schools such as the Rotterdam Dance Academy and The Dance Works Rotterdam. But more popular than this city’s music and dance culture is its zoo. The Diergaarde Blijdrop, Rotterdam’s zoo, is a very well famous not only for its exhibit, but for its educational and conservation programs sponsors as well. The newest and most frequented feature od the zoo is the Oceanium water world. Museums that tell a lot about Rotterdam’s culture and tradition are also found all over the city.Some of the most famous ones are the NAi (Netherlands Architecture Institute), the Maritiem Museum, the Brandweer museum (Fire brigade museum), and the Boijmans-van Beuningen museum. If you are into shopping there are so many shops in the city that you can visit. Some of them are the Coolsingel, the Lijnbaan, the Hoogstrat, and the Weena. There are so many happenings throughout the year like the International Film Fest held in January, the International Poetry Fest held in June, the North Sea Jazz held in July, the Valery Gergeiv Fest held in September, and the world of the Witte de With just to mention some. In that case, visiting Rotterdam any time of the year would be a delightful experience. But even before you decide to hit this first-class city, consider these things as your guide: Weather and temperature in Rotterdam can be quite fickle. It can be extremely variable even during the summer. The unsettled and changing weather is characteristic of spring and fall seasons, while frost days are usual things during winter, especially in the coldest months of December to March. Rain usually occurs any time of the year, so be sure that you have an umbrella with you. Smoking is prohibited in any closed workplaces like office blocks, public buildings and even bars and restaurants, so tourists have to be very mindful. While some bars and restaurants have special areas for smoking, some of them do not have. Stepping out to smoke would be the right thing to do. Lastly, taking note of the opening hours of shops and attractions will be a great way to plan you tour around the city. Shops in the heart of Rotterdam usually open from 9 am until 5:30 in the afternoon on Tuesdays to Saturdays. On Sundays and Mondays, these shops usually close in the afternoon, but on Fridays, they close at 11 in the evening. Banks are closed during weekends and after 4pm in the afternoon during weekdays. As for attractions, most of them are open seven days a week; however, there are certain museums that are closed on Mondays.

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