Welcome to Rotterdam!
Rotterdam is a dynamic city and is constantly re-inventing itself. High-profile projects, new skyscrapers, trendy restaurants, food markets, music festivals and a rich variety of shops. The city is standing in the European Skyline Top and new high-rise projects are being developed in the past few years and at the moment.
Employment and Economy
Rotterdam is known for the Erasmus University and many multinational corporations. Well-known companies with headquarters in Rotterdam are Unilever, Robeco, Shell, Maersk, Vopak, Vitol. It is also home to the regional headquarters of LyondellBasell, Glencore, Pfizer, Stolt-Nielsen, ABB Group Procter & Gamble. Rotterdam has the Dutch headquarters of Lloyds register, Allianz, Maersk, Petrobras, Samskip, Louis Dreyfus Group and Aon.
Education and health care are sectors which continue to grow in Rotterdam. The Erasmus Medical Center has its own medical campus. The Erasmus MC is ranked in the top of the best Universities worldwide. Erasmus MC coordinates the highest quality health care for hundreds of patients from more than 30 countries.
Arrival and Departures
Rotterdam is well connected by international, national, regional and local public transport systems, as well as by the motorway network. For business travelers, Rotterdam The Hague Airport offers advantages in terms of rapid handling of passengers and baggage. You can travel directly to Paris London and Frankfurt by train/Thalys within 2,5 hours.
Shopping and Restaurants
Well-known streets in Rotterdam are the Lijnbaan, the Meent, the Coolsingel with the city hall and the Weena, which runs from the Central Station to the Hofplein. The Meent and Kruiskade are upscale shopping streets, with luxurious retailers, trendy bars and restaurants. The famous Markthal building with apartments, shops, bars and restaurants is the largest glass-window structure in Europe. This hall is also one of Rotterdam's famous architectural landmarks.
Rotterdam has one major university, the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). There are also three Hogescholen and many international and American schools such as Rotterdam International Secondary School (RISS) and AISR (American International School of Rotterdam/ Hillegersberg).
Culture and Museums
The Rotterdam city has several theaters (new Luxor) and movie theatres. The Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) has been awarded as Most Beautiful Zoo in the Benelux and is situated at the northwest side of Rotterdam. There are also the International Film Festival, the Poetry International Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Rotterdam has well known museums; the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the Wereldmuseum, the Kunsthal, and the Maritime Museum Rotterdam.
The City of Rotterdam makes use of the services of the Watercompany Evides. For digital TV, internet and home phone is Ziggo the most customary company. English is no problem for most of the employees of Ziggo. Eneco is the energy company for the central heating of most of the houses of Rotterdam.
Rotterdam; There is always more to discover. Make it happen!