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 flexible conference centres, hotels and social venues that are all close by, mostly within walking distance.
The suggested venues for the EURobotics Forum have sufficient hotels in the vicinity, mostly within walking distance. This allows your delegates to easily go back and forth during the conference.
There is no need for the organisation to provide transfers as the city offers a efficiënt and safe public transport system. There are two metro lines and all suggested hotels are positioned near a station, allowing delegates to travel to the venue easy and fast.
Rotterdam Partners Convention Bureau can provide you with discounted local transportation passes (Rotterdam Welcome Card).

The attached PDF contains information about traveling to and in Rotterdam

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 venue Postillion WTC Rotterdam for the EU Robotics Forum has sufficient hotels in the vicinity, mostly within walking distance. This allows your delegates to easily go back and forth during the Forum.

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

Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam

There are but few Convention Centres boasting such impressive architecture as the Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam. Every detail of this venue shows that Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam is located in a Rijksmonument (heritage landmark). The building was originally used to be a grain exchange. Nowadays the Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam  is the perfect spot for businesses, organisations and events that feel at home in an impressive urban setting.

Most of the meeting rooms, including the plenary ‘Rotterdam Hall’, have direct access to the trading/ exhibition floor of a grand 3,500 m2. In  April 2021 a beautiful hotel was added to the Convention Centre . The 4**** Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam has 168 air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodations offers a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests.

The Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam is conveniently located in the Centrum district of Rotterdam close to Popular points of interest such as the Markthal Rotterdam, Cube Houses and Oude Haven.

Address

Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam
Meent 110
3011  JS Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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.