The City The guide was updated:For a vibrant and cosmopolitan city getaway, Rotterdam is definitely the place to go. With its reputation for being a mecca for shoppers, having one of the best clubbing scenes in Europe, as well as offering a flurry of cultural activities, this city also boasts exciting modern architecture aplenty. While it is best known for having one of the biggest ports in the world, there is so much more on offer in this bustling city of 600,000.
Located by the River Maas, the city was badly bombed by the German Luftwaffe during World War II, resulting in its city centre being almost completely destroyed. It was rebuilt in the following decades, with an active architectural policy developed in the 1980s, resulting in many daring, innovative and interesting buildings.
Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and a number of smaller cities in the west of the country are now expanding toward each other to the extent that the entire area is sometimes denoted as a single metropole known as Randstad.