The City of Rotterdam (Dutch) is The Netherlands' most modern city and its busiest seaport. Due to the extensive damage done to the city center during World War II, it was almost a playground for architects rebuilding the city. People interested in architecture will find it a huge showplace. The Port of Rotterdam has also become one of Europe's best places to find an exciting nightlife. Shoppers will think the Port of Rotterdam is paradise. The city offers eight shopping routes, including a popular fashion district that will keep happy shoppers busy and satisfied. The city's beaches offer sunshine and serenity for those who prefer to relax. The Port of Rotterdam has many cultural offerings as well. Museumpark gathers the best museums, including a great art gallery, in town in one convenient location. To learn about the many tourist attractions and activities available in the Port of Rotterdam, please visit the city's tourism website.
built in 1898
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The Port of Rotterdam has an agreeable, temperate climate. Summers are rarely too hot, even in the hottest months. Winters are mild, beginning with wet weather, but January to May are the driest months of the year. Temperatures range from a high of 20 °C (68 °F) in August to a low of 4 °C (39 °F) in January.
Rotterdam near the Erasmus bridge
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Visitors to the Port of Rotterdam will want to check out the Spido Harbourtrips. Located at the foot of the Erasmus Bridge, Spido takes you on a tour of some of the most imposing architecture in the city, including the famous Hotel New York, the Euromast, and the Veerhaven. You can also enjoy the busy traffic of the Port of Rotterdam's busy waterways as sea-going ships and inland barges pass by. This 75-minute cruise is available all year, but there are longer cruises in July and August. Lasting over two hours, the Extended Harbourtour gives you an unforgettable trip through the international port. The Daytrip Botlek/Europort is a six and a half hour trip through the Port of Rotterdam harbor, and the Daytrip Seven Rivers and Delta Works features the high points of the riverways in a 7-hour water tour.
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The Euromast in the Port of Rotterdam is the tallest lookout tower in The Netherlands. High-speed elevators take you to the viewing platforms. The Space Cabin takes you on an adventure of a rocket launch and return, complete with retro thrusters. The Euromast contains the Brasserie with a mouth-watering menu and view of the city. Staying for the night at the Euromast makes travelers feel like royalty, and they have exclusive access to the highest balcony in town from 10pm until 10am.
Diergaarde Blijdorp (the Rotterdam Zoo) is one of the most popular attractions in The Netherlands. Visitors walk through different natural habitats that are home to animals from all over the world. The Oceanium is a water world with exotic fish, puffins, sea otters, water snakes, sharks, and jellyfish. In the Falkland Islands area, you'll see Emperor Penguins as you walk across moving ice flows. You can go to Africa and walk along the Crocodile River or stand eye-to-eye with giraffes as you explore the savanna. You can explore the Asian tropical forest to see elephants and rhinos or enter the Ice Cave where you can watch polar bears swim under water. The Zoo gets some 1.5 million visitors a year, attesting to its popularity.
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The Maritime Museum (Dutch) in the Port of Rotterdam tells the story about the history of the Port of Rotterdam harbor and its maritime past. There is also an outdoor part where visitors can explore a former naval vessel, a 19th Century gunboat restored to its former glory. Founded in 1874, the Maritime Museum is the oldest museum of its type in The Netherlands. Prince Hendrik created the base collection which includes more than half a million objects today. The museum covers five centuries of maritime history. It includes the oldest ship model in Western Europe, the Mataro from the 15th Century. The Maritime Canon captures the 50 most important moments in fascinating stories about the history of The Netherlands. The Professor Splash section, for children from 4 to 10, has over 20 fun activities.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Rotterdam by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises at the Cruse Compete website.