Rotterdam is the second biggest city in the Netherlands. Located at the Meuse and with its port, Rotterdam is a dynamic, young and international orientated city with a lot of attention for sports.
In recent years Rotterdam was regularly ranked high in lists of world cities worth a visit. Rotterdam was included in the top-10 of the ’52 Places to Go’ in 2014, a list drafted by the New York Times. This year Rotterdam is in the top-10 of the ‘top cities in the world’ of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel.
The city is praised for its ambitious architectural projects, such as the Market Hall, the renewed Rotterdam Central Station and The Rotterdam buiding on the Wilhelminapier, designed by Rem Koolhaas.
The city is constantly renewing itself and surprising citizens and visitors with cultural events and sports events. Rotterdam, also known as ‘the city of sports’, is home of football club Feyenoord Rotterdam and has recently hosted many major international sports events. In 2010 the Grand Départ of the Tour de France took place in Rotterdam. In recent years the city hosted world championships in gymnastics, judo, bmx and beach volleyball. The NN Rotterdam Marathon, the CHIO Rotterdam and the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament are popular annual events in Rotterdam. In 2017 Rotterdam will host the World Championships short track speedskating and the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final.