Welcome to Rotterdam

Welcome to Rotterdam

Rotterdam, the second largest city of The Netherlands and home to Europe‘s largest port, has been chosen as the host city. It’s harbor is the largest of its kind in the world outside of Asia, and given the economic strength of it, the outport of the city has become known as the Europoort.

The city traces its origin back to the late thirteenth century, where the name “Rotterdam” was first recorded, and by the fourteenth century had blossomed into a fishing village. Soon after, the small village grew and soon became an economically powerful port of the South Holland province and with the colonial expansionism of Europe in the later parts of the mid-millennia, Rotterdam soon eclipse much of Europe’s other cities as merchant city and trade hub.

Rotterdam’s inner city was devastated during World War II after being bombed by Germany. In the aftermath of the war, very few major public buildings survived, and so the city went about a complete overhaul of the city’s layout and its architecture. The revitalization of the city was key to reestablishing its trading hub and to invigorate the city’s tourist and entertainment industries.

The contest will be held at Rotterdam Ahoy, in the Ahoy Arena, which can seat up to 16,500. Originally opened in 1950, the Ahoy Arena was built in 1971 and eclipsed the previous event halls in all merits, and has hosted events from major international artists, indoor sporting events, and even Junior Eurovision.

Rotterdam came to host with the backing of Eurovision fans, surrounding cities, and even The Netherlands’ own reigning incumbent, Duncan Laurence. The city’s strategic location and efficient access to surrounding provinces and cities via the nation’s well-connected and efficient public transportation will serve it well in hosting the upcoming contest.