Rotterdam is a young, dynamic global city, continuously renewing itself at a rapid rate. Sparkling skyscrapers, an impressive port, trendy restaurants and food markets, renowned museums and awesome festivals are the direct result of the can-do mentality of the Rotterdammers. Add to that the many extraordinary attractions and city tours by bike, bus, boat or on foot and you understand why Lonely Planet declared Rotterdam as one of the top cities in the world for travellers in 2016. Other international accolades include a top 5 most hospital city worldwide in 2017 (Travelbird) and top 10 city of the future 2018/2019 (Financial Times)

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Travel in Rotterdam

BIG CITY ON A SMALL SCALE

Rotterdam has a compact and easily accessible city centre. Downtown Rotterdam offers a wide variety of hotels and social venues that are all close by, mostly within walking distance.
The suggested venues for the EURobotics Forum  (Rotterdam AHOY Conference Centre and Cruise Terminal Rotterdam) have sufficient hotels in the vicinity, mostly within walking distance or easily accessible by public transport. This allows our delegates to easily go back and forth during the conference.
There are four metro lines  running through the city centre and all suggested hotels are positioned near a station.

The attached PDF contains information about traveling to and in Rotterdam

Travel in the Netherlands

The OV-chipkaart is the payment method for public transport in the Netherlands. If you carry an OV-chipkaart with you, you no longer need to think about strip tickets or metro tickets. You load credit onto the card in Euro or add a travel product, such as a single journey, a monthly pass for commuting or a season ticket. We advise our delegates to purchase an anonymous OV-chipkaart. This OV-chipkaart is  especially for people who occasionally  use public transport or do not wish to share your personal details. An anonymous OV-chipkaart can be purchased:

  • at sales devices in stations
  • at various newsagents (such as Primera)
  • at various supermarkets
  • at some Bruna shops
  • at OVshop, the Chipbizz webshop (new window)
  • at a public transport company’s counter

Find a sales point nearby 

More information on how to travel with the OV-chipkaart can be found here

Accommodation

Rotterdam has a compact and easily accessible city centre. Downtown Rotterdam offers a wide variety of hotels that offer an excellent price-quality ratio with over 8,000 bedrooms in 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotels, plus hostels. The Rotterdam AHOY Convention Centre  for the EU Robotics Forum has sufficient hotels in the vicinity within 7 minutes  by subway .

The attached PDF contains information about accomodation in Rotterdam

About Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a young, dynamic global city, continuously renewing itself at a rapid rate. Sparkling skyscrapers, an impressive port, trendy restaurants and food markets, renowned  museums and awesome festivals are the direct result of the can-do mentality of the Rotterdammers. Add to that the many extraordinary attractions and city tours by bike, bus, boat or on foot and you understand why Lonely Planet declared Rotterdam as one of the top cities in the world for travellers in 2016. Other international accolades include a top 5 most hospital city worldwide in 2017 (Travelbird) and top 10 city of the future 2018/2019 (Financial Times)

Innovative

Full of energy and innovation, Rotterdam reinvented itself after the bombing of the Second World War. It broke with the past and chose modern architecture. The motto: light, air and space, was ground breaking for that time. Rotterdam still embraces experimentation: almost anything is possible. Here, you are constantly surprised by new initiatives: from a rooftop city farm to a music festival in the harbour, from an exclusive rooftop bar to a brewery in an old warehouse.

City of architecture

If you love architecture then a visit to Rotterdam – with its patchwork of architectural styles – is a must. Icons of the Nieuwe Bouwen era stand beside the typical reconstruction-architecture from the sixties, seventies and eighties. They clash cheerfully with the hypermodern landmarks that have been built in recent decennia: the ErasmusbrugRotterdam Central StationDe Rotterdam, the Timmerhuis and of course the Markthal. In the first indoor market hall in the Netherlands, you can find nearly 100 fresh produce stalls, about 15 food shops and many restaurants If you look up you will see the biggest artwork in the Netherlands, the wall painting the Horn of Plenty.

Port city

As a port city, Rotterdam has unbreakable ties to the water, from the Maas River that flows right through the city to the many (historic) city harbours like Delfshaven. The city flows – courtesy of the Maas – seamlessly over into its industrial port that stretches for 40 kilometres to the Maasvlakte 2 and Hoek van Holland.

In short

In short, Rotterdam has an incredible variety of fun things to do for visitors of all ages. Sailing through the port, visiting attractions, admiring the architecture, looking at artshopping, a night on the town… On this website, you will find many tips to ensure your stay in Rotterdam is as enjoyable as possible.

Venue

Rotterdam Ahoy, who  celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021, is Host Venue for the European Robotics Forum 2022

For almost 50 years, Rotterdam Ahoy has been the stage for live communication, business and entertainment. In 2020 a brand new Convention Centre has been added to the original congress and meeting centre, exhibition halls and  Ahoy Arena. Since 1971, the venue has been proud host of numerous large-scale events such as the Eurovision Song festival. The venue offers state-of-the-art facilities and world-class service with room to grow & room to meet safely. Rotterdam Ahoy offers free of charge, super-fast WIFI using the “High End” WIFI access points of Extreme Network, known worldwide for stable and fast WIFI networks

 

Rotterdam Ahoy a Sustainability choice

The new Rotterdam AHOY Convention Centre Ahoy has a Green Key certificate  and is a sustainable building, thanks to its solar panel rooftop. This collaboration between the venue, the city of Rotterdam and the local energy company assures nearly 200 days per year  of event powered by the sun as well as power for more than 300 households.

Ahoy is just a five-minute walk from the Zuidplein metro and bus station. Cars can be left at one of Ahoy’s fee-paying car parks and to ensure a place, a reservation can be made by paying a charge in advance.

Address
Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre
Ahoyweg 10
3084 BA Rotterdam

The attached PDF contains information about the venue Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre

General Information

Language

Dutch is the official language. However, most (if not all) banks, hotels, airline offices, shops, and key visitor attractions have multilingual staff.

The official language of the European Robotics Forum is English. All program items will be in English. Simultaneous translation will not be available.

Insurance

The organization of the European Robotics Forum cannot be held liable for personal accidents, loss of or damage to private property of the conference participants and accompanying persons either during, or directly arising from the European Robotics Forum. Participants should make their own arrangements for health and travel insurance.

Medical Insurance

Visitors are not covered by Dutch health insurance plans. Check with your personal medical plan before leaving your home country to ensure you have adequate travel insurance.

Weather

The average temperatures in Rotterdam during the month of March are generally 10°C (day) and 4°C (night). Please be advised, since March presents the transit from winter towards summer in the Netherlands, that the spread in potential temperatures can be significant (from 20°C during the day to -5°C during the night). Rain showers are also to be expected. We advise participants to keep a close eye on the actual weather forecast before packing their suitcases.

Currency, Banking, ATM & Credit Cards

The currency is the Euro. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and at foreign currency exchange offices either at the Airport or at other locations throughout the city.

Bank debit or credit cards are the most convenient means of getting cash at the many Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs). ATMs are spread throughout the city and accept cards with the Interac, Plus, Cirrus, Visa, and Mastercard networks. Most are in operation 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Most businesses accept U.S. currency and traveler’s cheque, as well as all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and (to a lesser extent) American Express).

At Rotterdam Central Station (train) you can find a GWK office that has different foreign currencies available.

Sales Taxes

Dutch VAT rates are based on the European Union’s VAT Directive. All EU member states must adhere to the Directive, and the standard VAT rate must be 15% or higher. In the Netherlands, the standard VAT rate is 21% on goods and 6% on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Electricity

The power supply in the Netherlands is 230 volts. To be more specific: 220-240 volts AC (Alternating Current), 50-60 hertz. The same voltage is used over the rest of Europe.

Time Zone

The Netherlands has 2 time zones. The country’s European mainland, including the capital Amsterdam, observes Central European Time (CET; October 31st 2021 – March 26th 2022) as standard time. When Daylight Saving Time is in force, Central European Summer Time (CEST; March 27th – October 30th 2022) is observed.

Useful Links and Maps

The Rotterdam official website and the Official tourist site of the Netherlands contain up-to-date tourist information including public transport information and maps.