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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, and world-class museums and other cultural institutions.  They also 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.


Visit us at our booth at Artscape!

July 15-17

Stop by the Baltimore Sister Cities booth to learn more about our sister cities! Booth features a fun activity for kids on Fri & Sat, and Chinese painting demos on Sun. Booth location: Booth number E22, on the south side of Mount Royal Avenue, on the overpass over Howard Street, near the MICA main building.

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Rotterdam theatre artist / educator is planning exchanges for Baltimore schools

Avalanche Arts visits Baltimore is planning several projects designed to educate students about sustainability and environmental stewardship:

Theatre workshops

Pen pal project

More Upcoming Events

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Netherlands business delegation visit to Baltimore

March 28 - April 1

The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), Netherlands Embassy, and the city of Amsterdam visited Baltimore in conjunction with the visit of the historical tall ship “Stad Amsterdam”. They were in Baltimore as part of the first annual Light City Baltimore Festival. A delegation of smart lighting businesses, social entrepreneurs, and government officials from Amsterdam met with Baltimore-area counterparts, and NFIA provided a seminar on doing business in the Netherlands.

Light City Festival website

Amsterdam smart lighting delegation visit to Baltimore

New developments for Baltimore Sister Cities


Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced plans to restructure the Baltimore Sister Cities Program (BSCP), aiming to expand the program’s focus on developing significant opportunities for economic partnerships, more cultural and educational exchanges, and health and environmental initiatives. The BSCP was previously a series of committees reporting directly to the Office of the Mayor. The program is now restructured as an independent 501(c)(3) corporation named Baltimore Sister Cities, Inc. All five sister city committees, including the Baltimore-Rotterdam committee, are part of that new organization.

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