About the North Sea Jazz Festival
Rotterdam, in The Netherlands, is home to the North Sea Jazz Festival. Held at the Rotterdam Ahoy.
Initially held in The Hague in 1976, the festival moved 30 years later to a more prominent location in Rotterdam.
Now it is a festival with more than 1000 musicians and 130 performances on 15 different stages.
The festival focuses on jazz’s past, present and future.
Alongside the jazz performances, many other genres are featured, such as blues, soul, funk, hip-hop, pop and more.
The festival has grown over the years to a large international affair – from 9,000 visitors to 70,000 – but it still retains its intimate character.
You can find all kinds of properties here, from apartment hotels and one-star to luxury five-star hotels.
A good five-star hotels in Rotterdam town centre
You will find an excellent five-star hotel in the town centre, Mainport Design Hotel.
It has excellent guest reviews.
More things to do in Rotterdam
During the three days of the festival, the whole city is buzzing, greeting visitors from nearby countries and across the ocean.
The city itself is much more than just a music festival venue.
Rich history, incredible architecture, beautiful harbour, various museums, and over a thousand different outdoor sculptures – you will not get bored here!
And in addition, a large number of bars, restaurants, and shops.
Rotterdam Central Station is the most recognizable architectural site of the city.
Markthal is an indoor market combined with luxury housings, built in a horseshoe configuration, and it is one of a kind.
Cube Houses are a kind of village inside the city.
The architect saw these houses as trees and the whole area as wood, so the houses are tipped to one side, making three sides face the sky and the other three face the ground.
Erasmus Bridge is 800 meters long and connects the northern and southern parts of the city.
It was designed to represent the area, while its pylon-like shape gave it another name – The Swan.
Euromast observation tower was built in 1960, and today, the elevator will bring you 100 meters over the ground in just 30 seconds.
At the top, you’ll find a great observation deck and a restaurant.
You can wander around the city by yourself or book a tour.
You can choose a bike, walking or a boat tour around the city.