Facts and figures
With about 630,000 residents, Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands.
It was founded in 1270 and was granted city rights in 1340.
The worst disaster to befall the city took place on 14 May 1940. On that Tuesday during the first year of the Second World War, practically the whole of Rotterdam’s old city centre was destroyed in the Rotterdam blitz. In 2016 Rotterdam celebrated 75 years of reconstruction of the city with a special festival.
With a market share of 30% container throughput, Rotterdam is the largest port of Europe, tenth in the world.
The port stretches 40 kilometers out from the city towards the North Sea. In 2013 Maasvlakte II was officially put into use. This meant an increase of the total port area with app. 20%.
|Population (July 2016)||630,000|
|Surface area||32.416 hectares|
|Number of hotel guests (2016)||1.043.000|
|Number of hotel overnight stays (2016)||1.632.000|
|Passengers Rotterdam The Hague Airport (2016)||823.985|
|Visits attractions (2016)||3.58 million|
|Top 5 attractions|
|1. Diergaarde Blijdorp (Zoo)|
|5. ss Rotterdam|
|Visits musea ( 2016)||1.13 million|
|Top 5 musea|
|1. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen|
|2. Kunsthal Rotterdam|
|3. Maritiem Museum|
|4. Het Nieuwe Instituut|
|5. Nederlands Fotomuseum|
- Press release Rotterdam sees a new record in foreign investments
- Infographic 2016 (PDF)