How to get to Rotterdam?
Easy! We advise you to fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol since there are not many connections to Rotterdam. From there you can take the Intercity Direct train that takes you to downtown Rotterdam in under 30 minutes!
Concert and congress centre De Doelen is a world-acclaimed concert hall in the Mauritskwartier district in Rotterdam, where around 600 concerts are given each year. In addition to classic concerts by orchestras including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the concert calendar also features world music and jazz.
The history of de Doelen dates back to the seventeenth century when an orchestra of city musicians gave public concerts in ‘De Doele’ located on the Haagscheveer in Rotterdam. It was replaced by the ‘Groote Doelezaal’ on the Coolsingel road that was opened in 1844. A new Doelenzaal was opened in 1934, but it was destroyed in the bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940. The current de Doelen was not opened until 26 years later, in 1966. The building is a municipal listed building and is viewed in Rotterdam as ‘the culmination of the reconstruction’ that has huge cultural and historical value.
The extremely varied programming – ranging from large crowd-pullers to specialised concerts for sophisticated music connoisseurs, and from children’s concerts to concerts with music from different countries of origin – makes de Doelen a centre of music for everyone. De Doelen is consequently Rotterdam’s most well-visited centre of performing arts.
De Doelen is also a favourite venue for high-profile international events including the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Gergiev Festival.
The monumental building is located literally in the heart of the city, just 200 metres from Central Station. Paid car parking is available in the Kruisplein and Schouwburgplein parking garages located next to the venue.
The story of the city, the bombardment and reconstruction, and the drive to innovate that locals still use today to shape their city all make Rotterdam a fascinating place to visit. Everything seems possible here, and there’s so much left to explore. Is Rotterdam a must-see city? Absolutely!
Rotterdam is a 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 Rotterdam was voted Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016
On this page you will find information about:
• Travel to and within Rotterdam (to Rotterdam, In Rotterdam and Parking)
• Make the most of your visit (city map, roaming Rotterdam and shops)
• Practical information
The ‘must sees’ of Rotterdam
Rotterdam is simply bursting with architecture, design, art and culture, but also boasts a wide and varied range of shops, attractions, festivals, restaurants and parks. That’s why Rotterdam is a city that you can rediscover again and again. Find out more here.
Rotterdam Tourist App
Explore Rotterdam on the go with the Rotterdam App on your mobile phone. This mobile city guide highlights the very best that Rotterdam has to offer, from attractions and museums to hotels, restaurants and shops. Includes an (offline) city map and a dynamic events calendar to discover what you can see & do. The Rotterdam Tourist app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. You can download the app for free via
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All participants must have a valid passport in order to enter the Netherlands. Citizens of some countries may need to obtain a visa before arrival. For further information please contact the nearest Dutch Embassy or Consulate to check visa regulations. Delegates must, of course, meet the normal requirements, i.e. they must possess valid travel documents and sufficient means of support. Delegates requiring a visa for entry to The Netherlands are strongly advised to make their application in their home countries at least three months before the intended date of travel.
Document for visa application
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