Rotterdam Centraal railway station
Rotterdam Centraal is the main railway station of the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. He is a traffic hub of the Dutch railway and therefore counts with about 110,000 passengers a day to the main train stations in the Netherlands. It run here national long-distance and local trains, as well as the Benelux train to Brussels and Thalys to Paris. Furthermore, here, at the urban bus and tram ( Tram Rotterdam), and the urban metro.
The link to the regional light rail ( Randstadrail ) is near completion. The station is on the international HSL -Zuid, the part of the high speed line Amsterdam - Antwerp ( - Brussels - Paris) is connected. Since 2025, a massive increase in passenger numbers is forecast at 323,000, the railway station is virtually rebuilt. Currently, the station is a construction site. The transformation of the station area to a design by Benthem Crouwel Architekten is a key project in the Rotterdam urban development.
Before the Second World War had no Rotterdam Central Station. There were four smaller stations in the city center: " Delftse Poort " ( direction Schiedam and Dordrecht ), " Beurs " ( Dordrecht ), " Maas " ( direction Gouda and Utrecht) and " Hofplein " ( direction Den Haag and Scheveningen). Trains from the direction of Utrecht had from 1858 to 1953 its terminus at the station " Maas ". The station " Delftse Poort " was destroyed on May 14, 1940, a bombing, the other three stations severely damaged. In 1957, the Centraal Station, designed by the architect van Ravesteyn, built in the west of the former station " Delftse Poort " and was regarded as part of the reconstruction of Rotterdam.
At Rotterdam Central Station, the trains are the metro lines D and E, all tram lines except the line 2 and numerous bus routes - all modes of urban Rotterdamse Electric Tram ( RET) - associated with the railway.