Flow of Traffic
Lots of water flows in and around Rotterdam, especially since the city limits have expanded to encompass the former port areas to the south. Even though additional bridges and walkways have been built, sometimes it’s just faster to let yourself be ferried to your destination by boat. There are plenty of regularly scheduled water taxis and water buses plying the waterways.
Rotterdam is not only exciting – it is also very affordable compared to other Dutch and European cities. Apartments, meals out, even a university education – all of these can be had cheaply here. Which explains why more and more start-ups, established companies, and individuals are thinking of taking up residence on the Maas.
Even though Rotterdam is becoming an increasingly hot destination for architects, the artistic set, and lovers of design, it remains a working-class port city at its core with a no nonsense, down-to-earth, shoot straight from the hip attitude. 90,000 jobs in the region are directly dependent on the port, and at least the same number again rely on it indirectly. Around here, people don’t like to beat around the bush, preferring to confront matters head on.
The mayor of Rotterdam is named Ahmed Aboutaleb and was born in Morocco. It’s no coincidence that the city is run by a Muslim. People from 170 countries live in Rotterdam, and half the city’s residents are not of Dutch origin. Modern Rotterdam is considered an urban role model in all things integration.