The name 'Rotterdam' has been derived from a dam in a small river, the Rotte that joins the Nieuwe Maas at the heart of the city. Rotterdam attained city rights in 1340. The city was the completely destroyed in the bombings of the German Luftwaffe in 1940. Since 2004 Asian ports like Singapore and Shanghai have taken over its world leading position and now it has become the seventh largest port in the world in terms of cargo traffic. It is also considered as the largest port in Europe.
Transportation : The city has well-connected regional, national and international transport systems. Rotterdam Airport, the second largest airport of the country is the main access to the city. The city's railroad system has several international connections. Eleven railway stations within the city boundaries link it with other cities. A lightrail system called Randstad Rail, which is on the anvil, can link national train services and local public transportation. Rotterdam metro, tramlines, bus lines and fast ferry are the other means of transport in the city.
Hotels : The city offers a wide range of hotels equipped with all facilities. The tourists usually opt the hotels, which are located on the banks of the river. Golden Tulip Rotterdam-Center, Eden Savoy Hotel Rotterdam, Bilderberg Parkhotel Rotterdam, Golden Tulip Rotterdam Airport Hotel, NH Atlanta Rotterdam Hotel and The Westin Rotterdam are such hotels that provide world-class accommodation to its guests.
|LOCATION||Situated in the province of South Holland, River Nieuwe Maas divides the city into North Rotterdam and South Rotterdam.|
|GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES||Latitude 51° 55' N, Longitude 4° 30' E|
|AREA||319 sq. km|
Places of Attraction : There are multitude of museums in the city from where the tourists absorb information about the city and its heritage. Some of the well-known museums are the Boijmans-van Beuningen Museum, the Historisch Museum, the Volkenkundig Museum, the KunstHal, the Maritiem Museum, the Brandweermuseum, the tax museum and the historical museum- the Dubbelde Palmboom en the Schielandhuis.
A major zoo "Diergaarde Blijdorp" that includes a walk through sea aquarium called "Oceanium", really delights the visitors especially children. The city is known for its architectures like Van Nelle fabriek -a monument of modern factory, de Kuip-Feyenoord's soccer stadium, The Erasmus Bridge -a 2,600-foot cable stayed bridge, Montevideo -the 152 meter tallest residential building in the Netherlands, Delftse Poort, the151 meter tallest office building and Euromast (Eurotower), the 186-meter long building which has long been a major tourist attraction. The Hoek van Holland beach is another major tourist attraction in the city.