Local & Entertainment Info
Conference Entertainment: Gala Evening Event
Rotterdam is a very large, modern and industrial city with the harbour as its beating heart. The best way to experience the city is from the water, in a luxurious boat. On Tuesday, 17 April, we will embark at the Nhow hotel dock for a boat tour through the heart of Rotterdam. During a 90-minute trip, we will enjoy a boat trip along one of the largest harbours in the world! In the middle of the busy harbour, you will experience an extraordinary cruise. You will see immense sea crafts and smaller boats, all while the impressive skyline passes by.
After disembarking from the cruise, we will enjoy dinner at the Euromast – the tallest building in Rotterdam. This offers a fantastic 360-degree view of the city and her architecture. The observation platform and the restaurant are found 100 metres above the ground. The after dinner entertainment will include music and dancing!
Local Information: Rotterdam
The story of the city, the bombardment and reconstruction, and the drive to innovate that locals still use today to shape their city all make Rotterdam a fascinating place to visit. Everything seems possible here, and threre´s so much left to explore. Is Rotterdam a must-see city? Absolutely!
Rotterdam is a city in the Netherlands, in South Holland within the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt river delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270, when a dam was constructed in the Rotte river, after which people settled around it for safety. In 1340, Rotterdam was granted city rights by the Count of Holland.
A major logistic and economic centre, Rotterdam is Europe's largest port, and has a population of 633,471 (2017), the second-largest in the Netherlands, just behind Amsterdam.
Rotterdam is known for the Erasmus University, its riverside setting, lively cultural life, and maritime heritage. The near-complete destruction of the city centre in the World War II Rotterdam Blitz has resulted in a varied architectural landscape, including sky-scrapers (an uncommon sight in other Dutch cities) designed by renowned architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Piet Blom, and Ben van Berkel.
Rotterdam's logistic success is based on its strategic location by the North Sea, at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas channel leading into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta. The rivers Rhine, Meuse, and Scheldt give waterway access into the heart of Western Europe, including the highly industrialized Ruhr. The extensive distribution system including rail, roads, and waterways have earned Rotterdam the nicknames "Gateway to Europe" and "Gateway to the World".
In 1968, Rotterdam was the first Dutch city to open a metro system. Currently the metro system consists of three main lines, each of which has its own variants. The metro network has 78.3 km (48.7 mi) of railtracks and there are 62 stations, which makes it the biggest of the Benelux. The system is operated by 5 lines; 3 lines (A, B and C) on the east-west line, and two (D and E) on the north-south line. Line E (Randstadrail) connects Rotterdam with The Hague as of December 2011
|Line||Southern / western terminus||Northern / eastern terminus|
|Line A||Schiedam Centrum||Binnenhof|
|Line B||Schiedam Centrum||Nesselande|
|Line C||De Akkers||De Terp|
|Line D||De Akkers||Rotterdam Centraal|
|Line E||Slinge||Den Haag Centraal|
For more information go to https://www.ret.nl/en.html
Centraal Station Rotterdam
Rotterdam Central Station is also known as the international gateway to Rotterdam. Nearly 110,000 travellers pass through Central Station every day to catch a bus, tram, metro or train. Intercity trains from all across the country (including the Intercity Direct), the Thalys to Paris, and other international high-speed trains stop here several times a day, some even several times an hour.
You'll find an indoor market hall in various world-class cities, but the combination with luxury housing makes Rotterdam's Markthal the first of its kind. The apartments are draped over the food market in a horseshoe configuration. The Markthal has about 100 fresh food stands, nearly 15 food shops and various restaurants, with a supermarket and a four-level underground car park below. As you wander amongst the market stands, look up to enjoy the massive artwork sprawling across the ceiling: the 'Horn of Plenty' by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam.
Places to go
- The Basement http://www.hotelnewyork.com/restaurant/ny-basement/ restaurant of the famous Hotel NewYork, on a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
- Gauchos http://www.gauchosgrill.nl/site/nl/restaurant/holland_amerikakade/ Part of a chain of meat restaurants, on a 2 minute walk from the hotel.
- Ono http://www.ono-restaurant.nl/ Very good sushi! On a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
- The Witte de Withstraat is a nice street with all different restaurants and bars. On a 15 minute walk from the hotel or 5 minutes by tram and 2 minutes by foot.
- HMB http://www.hmb-restaurant.nl/en/home Very nice but you need to make reservations upfront! In the same building as the hotel.
- Las Palmas https://restaurantlaspalmas.nl/en/ Restaurant of the famous Dutch (TV) chef Herman den Blijker. Across the street on a 2 minute walk.
- Amarone http://www.restaurantamarone.nl/English/ A very good and classical fine dining restaurant. Make reservations upfront! This restaurant is in the city center on the Meent (street)