Rotterdam is the second largest city of the Netherlands, with 600,000 inhabitants. The city is also home to the fourth largest port in the world.
Rotterdam is a city you have to experience for yourself; it is a young, dynamic and international city which keeps reinventing itself, redefining and expanding its already impressive skyline and hosting important cultural and sporting events on a regular basis.
In 2014, Rotterdam featured in the top 10 of the New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go, which cited the city’s first-class architecture as a major attraction. New buildings of note include the Rotterdam Centraal train station, the renovated Kunsthal museum and the stunning Markthal, the country’s first indoor food hall.
Rotterdam is known as the City of Sports in the Netherlands. It is the hometown of Feyenoord Football Club, hosted the start of the 2010 Tour de France and also stages the annual Marathon of Rotterdam. The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Ahoy ranks among the most popular indoor tennis tournaments on the ATP Tour.
Visitors to the SS Rotterdam: 140,000
The FIVB Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015 venue in Rotterdam will be located alongside cruise ship ‘SS Rotterdam’. A stadium with a capacity of 2,000 will be built next to the steam ship.
The former flagship of the Holland-America overseas route will provide facilities such as a media centre, hospitality and overnight accommodation for players and special guests. Located in the up-and-coming Katendrecht area, the cruise ship will provide a stunning backdrop for the matches played in Rotterdam.
Over the last few years, Katendrecht has been completely transformed and is now an appealing residential district. ‘SS Rotterdam’ is a distinctive feature of the Rotterdam skyline.