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History Rotterdam

History of Rotterdam

The settlement at the lower end of the stream Rotte dates from at least 900. Around 1260 a dam was built at the present day Hoogstraat. This resulted in the name Rotterdam. On 7 June 1340 Rotterdam received city rights from count Willem IV of Holland. At the end of the 19th century the city grew very rapidly and became a very important port. During the second World War the mediaeval heart of the city was almost completey destroyed by the Nazis. It took many years to rebuild the city but at present there's a modern, architectural and lively city center with a new skyline.

Population of Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the 2nd largest city of the Netherlands with approximately 620,000 inhabitants. The port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe and one of the biggest ports in the world. Rotterdam is part of a larger metropolitan area called Rijnmond with a total population of about 1,2 million.

Travel around in Rotterdam

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Book a boat tour through the huge port or a day trip to sights in greater Rotterdam.


Sightseeing in Rotterdam on the road and across the river in an amphibious vehicle.

Historical tram city tour

Experience old school sightseeing on board the historical tram line 10 through Rotterdam.

Cube houses

The museum cube house is open to the public. Be amazed by a house without any straight wall.

Hop On Hop Off Bus

Take the hop on hop off bus tour through Rotterdam and discover some iconic landmarks.

Kids Marina

Kids sail through the canals in downtown Rotterdam with little electric boats.