Europoort and the two Maasvlakten. All belong to the Port of Rotterdam.

Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. The port of Rotterdam is Europe's busiest port by cargo tonnage, and was the world's busiest from 1962 until it was surpassed by Shanghai in 2004. Rotterdam's commercial and strategic importance is based on its location near the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse), a channel in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse on the North Sea. These rivers lead directly into the centre of Europe, including the industrial Ruhr region, which is why Rotterdam is often called the "Gateway to Europe".

The bombing of Rotterdam on May 14, 1940 by Nazi Germany forced the Dutch army to capitulate. The centre of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed by the Luftwaffe, with 900 civilians killed and 80,000 homeless. Rotterdam was gradually rebuilt from the 1950s through the 1990s. Daring and new styles of apartments, office buildings and recreation facilities resulted in Rotterdam becoming a city of modern architecture and the only city in the Netherlands with an impressive modern skyline.

Shopping at Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s weekly street markets

Here are some of our favorite street markets in Rotterdam!

Tuesday Markets
Binnenrotte Centrummarkt 08.00 - 17.30 uur
Biologische markt Eendrachtsplein 09.00 - 17.30 uur
Wednesday Markets
Afrikaanderplein Rotterdam-Zuid 08.00 - 17.30 uur
Ommoord 08.00 - 17.30 uur
Thursday Markets
Hoogvliet 08.00 - 17.30 uur
IJsselmonde 08.00 - 17.30 uur
Visserijplein Rotterdam-West 08.00 - 17.30 uur
Friday Markets
Alexanderpolder 08.00- 17.30 uur
Schiebroek 08.00- 17.30 uur
Asterlo Zuidwijk 08.00- 17.30 uur
Saturday Markets
Binnenrotte Centrummarkt 08.00 - 17.00 uur
Afrikaanderplein Rotterdam-Zuid 08.00 - 17.00 uur
Visserijplein Rotterdam-West 12.00 - 17.00 uur