Aside from having one of the world’s busiest ports. Rotterdam also sits at the crossroads of major road, air, and rail transportation systems in Europe. The city has beautiful modern architecture sprawled at the city center, plus a variety of holiday destinations in and out. If you are planning to go backpacking around Europe, Rotterdam is a great starting point.
Rotterdam is one of the largest cities in Netherlands, second only to Amsterdam in terms of population. If you want to go to Amsterdam, you can either take the plane or the train going there. However, you should not be too quick to dismiss this city, there’s a lot of things to do in Rotterdam for every budget, as well as every interest.
One amazing tourist spot in the city is the Rotterdam Zoo. It houses various animals from different parts of the world, plus an aquarium where you can see a range of sea and coastal dwellers.
Visiting museums will also take a huge chunk of your time when you spend your holiday in Rotterdam. Some of the most notable museums are the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Maritime Museum, and Kunsthal.
Rotterdam features a mild oceanic climate that is more temperate than the other cities located further inland. Annual temperatures vary from an average July high of 22.2 °C (72 °F) to an average January low of 0.8 °C (33.4 °F). Rainfall is spread evenly throughout the year and snowfall is not very often in winter.
Rotterdam loves different kinds of sports, as evident in the city’s many yearly events. In February, the city hosts the Rotterdam Open which is an international tennis tournament held annually. Another sports event, the Rotterdam Marathon, takes place between April and June. The Bavaria City Race, an F1 racing event, is held every August.
If you want to witness different cultural shows, visit the city around July in time for the Summer Carnival.
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