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Our Committee promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.


Twin Cities

Baltimore and Rotterdam are both modern cities, because of historical events.  Rotterdam’s central city district was destroyed at the beginning of World War II.  Faced with the task of rebuilding the city, Rotterdam chose to embrace the future rather than to resurrect the past - becoming a showplace for modern architecture in Europe.  The city center of Baltimore was destroyed in 1904 by the Great Fire. So both cities were built from the ground up during the 20th century. 

Rotterdam and Baltimore have approximately the same geographical and population size. These two cities have in common a deep maritime history, large port operations in estuarine waters, and both are home to prestigious universities, medical schools, world-class museums and other cultural institutions, and burgeoning tech/startup scenes. They share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Rotterdam photo: © Rob Hollis
Baltimore photo: © George Hagegeorge
Reproduction prohibited without permission.


Kids participating in an Operation Trash event

Operation Trash school exchange

Spring semester 2017

Theatre artist & educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts coordinates “Operation Trash” Baltimore-Rotterdam exchange program with Benjamin Franklin High School and Bard High School Early College Baltimore and two Rotterdam high schools, to teach students about sustainability and recycling.

More information on our HarborTraces website

Indonesian-Dutch cooking workshop

June 4, 2017

With master chef Jeff Keasberry

Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City hosts a cooking workshop for members & friends of the committee. This fun event is a unique opportunity to learn how to cook this delicious food and to taste it! Limited spots available.

New Roots - film about immigrant experience

May 6, 2017

2:30–4:30pm, Enoch Pratt Library, Waverly Branch, 400 E. 33rd St, Baltimore

“New Roots” is a 50-minute documentary by Exsul Van Helden (a member of the Baltimore-Rotterdam committee)about the challenges faced by female immigrants and refugees who have come to the United States and find themselves living between cultures.

More info on Enoch Pratt website

More Upcoming Events

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