The Port Today
The port has modern and efficient terminals and infrastructure that allow it to handle large volumes of cargo quickly and efficiently. In 2021, there were almost 9 million 20-foot containers through the port. Rotterdam Port also plays a vital role in the Dutch economy and employs thousands of people directly and indirectly. The port accounts for 8.2% of the Dutch economy and employs over 500,000 indirect workers.
In addition to its role as an important trade port, Rotterdam Port is also a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can explore the port on sightseeing tours or visit one of the many museums in the area that provide insight into the port's history and significance for the Netherlands.
Rotterdam has a large port with a lot of history and still plays a major role in Europe as a central hub, and here are some attractions worth visiting:
• Euromast: A 185-meter-high tower with panoramic views of the city and the port. It is also possible to eat at the restaurant in the tower.
• SS Rotterdam: A former cruise ship that has now been converted into a hotel and tourist attraction. Visitors can take a tour and learn about the ship's history.
• Markthal Rotterdam: A covered food market with impressive architecture. Here, visitors can taste local food and drinks.
• Erasmus Bridge: An impressive bridge that connects the Kop van Zuid district with the centre of Rotterdam.