Welcome to Rotterdam!
Rotterdam: A dynamic world city, a destination built on bold innovation and cultural diversity, known as the ‘Gateway to Europe’. This bustling port city is located in the western Netherlands and is known for its innovative post-war architecture, urban green spaces, and thriving food scene. The city is characterized by its built environment, from its imposing skyline of modern high-rises, to icons such as the Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam Central Station, and of course the Euromast observation tower, which offers breath-taking views of the city and surrounding area.
Be sure to do Rotterdam: Seek the unknown, go everywhere, try everything!
July can be a rainy month in Rotterdam. Temperatures range from daily highs of 22°C to lows of 14°C (72°F/58°F). We recommend bringing layers and a mid-weight jacket.
In Rotterdam, the euro is the legal tender. Practically anywhere in Rotterdam, you can pay with cash, PIN and chip-cards. ATMs and banks are always close by, particularly in the city centre. If you need to exchange other currency into euros, you can use the services of GWK Travelex at Stationsplein (next to Central Station) and at Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
VAT (value added tax) is 21% on accommodations and 9% on most other items. It will often be included in the price you see.
Dutch and English are the most commonly spoken languages in Rotterdam.
There are no hard and fast rules for tipping in Rotterdam. If you are happy with the service, a 10% tip is customary, particularly in a restaurant or café with table service. Tipping in bars is not expected. For taxi fares, tipping is at your discretion.
In case of emergency: 112
Rotterdam operates on a 230V supply voltage and the frequency is 50Hz. The power socket and plug type are C and F, which are plugs with 2 round pins.
Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes are banned in all enclosed public areas, the hospitality sector, and in the workplace.