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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.

Rotterdam

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.

Highlights

Baltimore Sister Cities booth at Artscape, July 17-19

 

Baltimore’s sister cities will have a booth at Artscape with fun activities for festival visitors. Stop by and meet us and learn more about our sister cities, including Rotterdam! Artscape is the largest free arts festival in the United States.

Festival web site

Free Van Gogh activities for kids at Baltimore Museum of Art

July, 2015

The Baltimore-Rotterdam committee is marking the 125th year anniversary of artist Vincent Van Gogh’s death by collaborating with the Baltimore Museum of Art on some FREE fun Van Gogh-related activities for children in July 2015.

There are activities on each Sunday in July: July 5, 12, 19, and 26. See the descriptions of the July events on the BMA web site.

30th year anniversary Baltimore-Rotterdam

 

30 years ago, in 1985, Baltimore and Rotterdam started their sister city relationship. Baltimore also started a relationship with Xiamen, China in 1985. In fall 2015, we are planning some activities to celebrate the anniversary, including:

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