Discover this year’s hosting city
Welcome to Rotterdam!
City of trade and innovation
Rotterdam is a young and dynamic city with an energetic and creative mindset. A city with world class architecture, an open and cosmopolitan atmosphere and a hip & happening art, festival and culinary scene. There’s always something to see or do in Rotterdam, making it the perfect city for hosting CLIMA 2022 the 14th REHVA HVAC World Congress.
Lonely Planet declared Rotterdam as one of the top cities in the world for travellers in 2016. Other international accolades include the top 5 most hospitable city world-wide in 2017 (Travelbird) and the top 10 city of the future 2018/2019 (Financial Times).
Rotterdam can be reached in a variety of ways: by car, boat, train, bus, and air. There are two airports in the vicinity of Rotterdam: Schiphol International Airport and Rotterdam Airport. Rotterdam is also fast and easy to reach by high-speed rail, such as the Thalys. Within Rotterdam you can travel well by public transport, bicycle, car, and on foot. In the city with the largest port in Europe, water transport is naturally also one of the options.
Schiphol Airport is the 2nd largest hub in the world according to Airport Council International and the most user friendly airport. It has repeatedly earned the accolade of the world’s favorite airport. From Schiphol to Rotterdam Central Station it takes 26 minutes.
- 300 direct destinations
- 4,633 direct flights per week
- 63 million passengers each year
- 26 minutes Schiphol > Rotterdam
Rotterdam Airport is a comfortable and easy regional airport, located 6 miles from the city centre. Travel times between the airport and the city are excellent: 15 minutes by taxi and 20 minutes by public transport (airport shuttle & metro) to Rotterdam Central Station.
- More than 40 European destinations
- 15 minutes to city centre
Rotterdam Central Station
One of the fastest and easiest ways to get to Rotterdam is to travel by train. International direct trains from Belgium, France and Germany arrive many times a day at Rotterdam Central Station. National connections throughout the Netherlands are also richly represented.
- Schiphol Airport
0 hr 26 minutes
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1 hr 11 minutes
2 hr 36 minutes
3 hr 15 minutes
Rotterdam has excellent public transport, provided by the RET. You can really get anywhere by subway, tram and bus.
With the metro you can travel quickly and easily within Rotterdam and the surrounding region. There are five lines (tracks), each marked with its own letter (A-E) and colour.
All trams converge at Central Station, the ideal point to get on the tram.
The RET provides various bus lines that connect the centre with the various city quarters, neighborhoods and the wider city region.
You need an OV chipcard or E-ticket in the RET Barcode app to travel by public transport. You can also rent a vehicle or call a taxi.
Rotterdam offers over 8.000 hotel rooms in every price range. Are you going for a comfortable hotel in the middle of the city, such as the Bilderberg Park Hotel, the Inntel or the Hilton? Or do you prefer a special sleeping experience? Book a room on board the SS Rotterdam. Or at the Culture Campsite in West, where you sleep in art objects. And of course there is the famous Hotel New York, for a night to remember. For people who prefer contact with hospitable Rotterdammers, there are plenty of apartments and Bed & Breakfasts in Rotterdam.
Hotel booking through our hotel partner will be available here soon
Rotterdam’s food culture owes its richness to the enormous cultural diversity in the city. You can see and you can smell it when you walk along the West-Kruiskade, with all its tokos and eateries. At the outdoor markets, where fresh herring and baras are advertised in all languages, and especially in the famous Markthal. Choosing a restaurant from the huge range in Rotterdam can be challenging. The industry is currently closed due to COVID-19 measures, but will reopen gradually.
Rotterdam’s nightlife has made quite a name for itself. In the 1980s and 1990s, people came from far and wide for the Rotterdam dance scene. Today, the focus is broader and well represented. The most special clubs are Perron, Annabel, Toffler, Now & Wow. Do you just want a drink? On and around the “Witte de Witstraat” you will find numerous pubs, cocktail bars and tasting rooms. The industry is currently closed due to COVID-19 measures, but will reopen gradually, although nightlife is expected to be one of the latest industries to ease measures.
Explore Rotterdam during your stay
There is an incredible amount to do in Rotterdam: on, near or under (!) the water, high in the air or covered when it rains. There are so many different attractions in Rotterdam that it is best to stay a little longer or arrive earlier for CLIMA 2022. View our 20 tips to make your conference visit unforgettable.
20 Hotspots worth visiting
1. Port of Rotterdam
The port of Rotterdam handled 436.8 million tons of goods in 2020. This means that Rotterdam remains by far the largest port in Europe. The total length of the port of Rotterdam is 42 kilometers.
2. Market hall
Markthal is the first covered market floor in the Netherlands. Good food and unique living come together in the spectacular arch. A true Rotterdam icon. Due to a change in European regulations, food sale – of for example, meat, fish, and cheese – outdoors had to comply with increasingly strict rules. This was used by the city of Rotterdam to start one of the most ambitious projects of recent years: building the most unique indoor fresh market in the world!
3. Cube houses
The Rotterdam Cube houses have been an architectural phenomenon for over 30 years. The location is fantastic. Centre-east with Blaak Station, the Markthal, the Central Library, and the Old Harbor in the immediate vicinity. The fact that Rotterdam has become internationally known as an architectural city is partly due to the explicit appearance of these Cube houses. The Cube houses (also known as “Het Blaakse Bos”) have been an icon since 1984.
4. Blijdorp ZOO
Blijdorp ZOO aims to inspire all its visitors to take good care of nature. The ZOO makes its contribution through education, research and the conservation of endangered animal and plant species and their natural habitat. This beautiful and large ZOO in Rotterdam is home to a very diverse range of animal species. You can find a butterfly garden there, and come face to face with wallabies and prairie dogs. You can also see polar bears and hundreds of other animal species. Due to the size of this zoo you can easily walk around here for 5-6 hours.
5. The Museumpark
The Museumpark is a park in Rotterdam, located between the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (closed for renovation), the Westersingel, the Westzeedijk, and the Erasmus MC complex. The park is designed according to the design of city architect Witteveen. In addition, a monument commemorating Gerrit de Jongh, former director of the Rotterdam Municipal Works Department, has been built on the south side of the pond in the park. The park contains various works of art, also making the museum park an open-air museum.
6. Erasmus Bridge
The Erasmus Bridge is an icon in Rotterdam. It is located next to the Willemsbrug, the second bridge over the Nieuwe Maas in the centre of Rotterdam. It is named after the Dutch priest and humanist, Erasmus. The bridge connects the “Kop van Zuid” district with the city centre on the north side of the river.
7. The SS Rotterdam
SS stands for ‘steamship’. The SS Rotterdam from 1959 is the fifth ship with that name, in service of the Holland-America Line (HAL). It is a steamship with oil fired boilers and steam turbines. At the SS Rotterdam you can go to the restaurants, bar and terrace without a ticket. Once on board, you can book a tour to see more of the ship. The rooms are for private parties and events, but if available, can also be viewed on a guided tour.
The Euromast is the highest watchtower in the Netherlands. Enjoy the view over the city of Rotterdam from a height of 185 meters. Feel like the king of the world and enjoy a culinary masterpiece inside the restaurant with the best view of the entire city.
9. Historic Delfshaven
Historic Delfshaven is one of the few parts of the old town to survive the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940. It has a striking history as the place from which the Pilgrim Fathers left for America. In the past, people in Delfshaven earned their living by fishing for herring and distilling gin. Nowadays you will find cozy antique and trinket shops, artist studios, gin cafés, beer brewers, no-nonsense eateries, and historic canal houses. Delfshaven has always retained its authentic look and feel, with the old-fashioned corn mill as an important landmark.
10. The Rotterdam Building
The Rotterdam is a building on the Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam, designed by Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture and developed by MAB Development and OVG Real Estate. The complex is located between the “Toren op Zuid” and Cruise Terminal Rotterdam and was completed at the end of 2013. The largest user is the municipality of Rotterdam. The design offers space for offices, a hotel and apartments. The 44 floors have a total area of approximately 160.000 m², making this one of the largest buildings in the Netherlands.
11. Hotel New York
Hotel New York is located in the former head office of the Holland America Line on the “Kop van Zuid” in Rotterdam. Where thousands of emigrants used to leave for North America full of hope for a better life. Nowadays guests come to spend the night, eat, drink, get married, meet, and party in a special atmosphere. When you step into Hotel New York, you experience the nostalgia that is still there.
12. Kinderdijk Windmills
Nearby Rotterdam you can find the Kinderdijk Windmills. They are a unique piece of world culture. That is why the mill complex has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The network of 19 windmills in Kinderdijk-Elshout shows the impressive contribution that the Dutch have made to the technology to keep water under control. In the Middle Ages, the construction of waterworks – necessary for the drainage of agricultural land and villages – started and this continues to this day. The area shows all the typical features associated with this technology – dikes, reservoirs, pumping stations, administrative buildings, and the 19 beautifully preserved windmills. The mills were decommissioned in 1950, but all are still working. They are a “reserve” in case the modern installations fail.
13. The Art Hall
The (“Kunsthal”) Art Hall Rotterdam, opened in 1992, is an exhibition space in Rotterdam. It is the first Kunsthal in the Netherlands. The building is located in the Museum Park and has an entrance on the Westzeedijk, opposite the Koningin Emmaplein. The Natural History Museum Rotterdam is located next to the Art Hall.
14. The Sint-Laurenschurch
The Sint-Laurenschurch, often referred to as Laurenschurch for short, is a Gothic church in Rotterdam. It is the only remnant of the medieval Rotterdam city center. The current church is a mix between a Hall church and a Cross basilica church.
15. The Floating Farm
A farmer, 40 cows and robots to collect manure and spread fodder. Floating on the water in the largest port in Europe. Impossible? Certainly not! This is all part of the ‘Floating Farm’, the world’s first floating, self-sufficient farm. A fine example of innovation and the epitome of sustainability and circularity.
Explore the river and Port of Rotterdam with Spido. Admire the city’s architecture and discover its role as one of the busiest Ports in the World.
17. Depot Boijmans van Beuningen
The exterior of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen looks spectacular with the mirrored façade that reflects the entire city. The inside is going to be just as spectacular. You can already take a look at this 39.5 meter high building. It is a design by the leading Rotterdam architectural firm MVRDV. The dynamics of the depot are different from those of the museum: no exhibitions are organised here, but the public can – independently or with a guide – browse through 151.000 art objects. BAM is realising this new icon for Rotterdam with this 40-meter high mirrored building next to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (closed during renovation), in the entrance hall of the Museum Park.
18. Rotterdam Central Station
Rotterdam Central Station is Rotterdam’s largest trainstation. Rotterdam Central Station is also referred to as the international gateway to Rotterdam. The station processes an average of 170.000 travelers every day. The current station building, one of the iconic buildings in the city, was officially opened by King Willem-Alexander in 2014. The location is in the middle of the city and it is one of the largest stations in the Netherlands.
19. Feyenoord stadion
Football club Feyenoord has been a household name in Rotterdam and far beyond since 1908. Everyone is welcome at “the people’s club”. Club songs like “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Hand in Hand, Comrades” blare through the stadium when the Feyenoord players enter the field from the players tunnel, the whole “South” vibrates along to the cheers of the Legion. The impressive stadium can be found on the outskirts of the city.
The “Bospolderfox” is a piece of art work by visual artist Florentijn Hofman. It is a statue of 16 meters long and 10 meters high. It owes its name to the neighborhood in which it is located: Bospolder-Tussendijken. In the past, this area consisted of woods, polders and dikes. With this art work, Florentijn Hofman depicts the relationship between nature and the city. Foxes regularly appear in this part of Rotterdam, looking for rabbits in the Dakpark. Nature pushes in around the edges of the city, which is also the case on Marconiplein. Florentijn pays tribute to nature with his Bospolderfox.