Rotterdam is a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. Rotterdam is a city of many faces: a tough port city, Aa trendy nightlife city, a sophisticated shopping city, and a hip artistic city. Above all, Rotterdam is the architecture city of Holland that stimulates innovation. Rotterdam is the second largest city in Holland and unlike any other Dutch city. With its impressive skyline, Rotterdam is also called "the Manhattan on the Meuse". Rotterdam's international port is Europe’s biggest harbour and among the world's top five biggest harbours.
The Netherlands, like most of Europe uses the euro as its form of currency. You can use a credit card in Rotterdam, but keep in mind not everywhere will accept credit cards. Ask before being seated at a restaurant if all you have is a credit card. Another important thing to notice is that you have to use a credit card with a pin. You are not allowed to sign with a credit card as that's not secure enough.
The Netherlands has a system that is built on Maestro and V- Pay. So, if a debit card is from VISA it is on the VISA network. This means, if a store doesn't accept credit cards, they won't accept your debit card from a credit card company either. If a store accepts credit cards, then you can use your VISA debit card.
Rotterdam is the only Dutch city to boast a real skyline. It is devoted to fashionable trends and modernity. Countless culinary developments follow each other in quick succession, so this is definitely the place for you if you are looking for trendy, flavourful eating establishments. It goes without saying that no day or evening is complete without good food and drink. At Rotterdam Ahoy there are two restaurants where foodies can sit back and enjoy culinary delights before, during and/or after an event.
It is easy to travel by metro or tram in Rotterdam. The water taxi is a special means of transport, taking you at high speed to over 50 spots in Rotterdam and the surrounding area. The basic metro fare is around $4.00 and is valid for two hours. The Rotterdam Metro schedule runs from approximately 5:45 AM to 12:45 AM. The website for more information is www.ret.nl. (English version button found at bottom left corner of page.)
Rotterdam Ahoy is easily accessible by bus, metro & train. From bus and metro station Zuidplein it's a 5-minute walk to Ahoy.
Currently, you can park your car at Ahoy for only €5 per day.* Via ParkNBike you can use a reduced weekly parking ticket at a rate of €20. View more information here. Rotterdam Ahoy has 2000 parking spaces.
In Rotterdam, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy. Average temperature in June ranging between minimum 12.3°C (54.1°F) and maximum 19.7°C (67.5°F). Bring a light jacket for cool evenings. June is the month with the most rainfall. Be sure to pack an umbrella.