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A Brief Guide to the Port

Europa | Rotterdam

Rotterdam, named by the New York Times as one of the places to visit in 2014, is the second largest city of the Netherlands and Europe’s biggest port. Today the port is practically not visible from within the city, which is now mostly recognized by visitors for its new skyline. The port itself stretches 42 km from Rotterdam city centre to the North Sea, where ships of unrestricted size arrive unnoticed. But although harbor and city may seem separate entities, they nonetheless are part of a single system in constant evolution. 

Once a fishing village on the banks of the river Rotte, the city of Rotterdam continued throughout its history to negotiate and reinvent its relationship with the river and its activity as a port. By 1600 the city had become a major mercantile hub, with ships mooring in the heart of the city. 

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