Location, Climate: Rotterdam is one of the largest cities in the Netherlands. It is situated in South Holland and on the southern part of Randstad. The climate of Rotterdam is fairly steady and temperate with rainfall occurring all year-round. The best time to book a discount hotel in Rotterdam is during summer or spring when it is sunny and mild. Avoid booking discount hotels in July which is the wettest month in Rotterdam. Brief History: Remains of settlement in Rotterdam were discovered on the lower end of the city which proved human existence around 900 years ago. Due to the large floods during 1150, protective dams and dikes were built in the area including the Rotte dam (which was later on called Rotterdam) built during the 1260s. Events, Landmarks, Activities: Visit Rotterdam during summertime to enjoy its annual festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival in July, and the Summer Carnaval and FFWD Heineken Dance Parade in August. Rotterdam features many historical attractions including the City Hall, Pilgrim Fathers' Church, Grote of Sint Laurenskerkm, Erasmus Statue, De Verwoeste Stad Statue and Pablo Picasso's Sylvette. Those who enjoy visiting museums have a lot to choose from such as the Museumpark, Kunsthal, Nederlands Fotomuseum and Maritime Museum. Transportation: Rotterdam is a bicycle-friendly city that's why most locals prefer riding the bicycle to get around the city. RET offers five metrolines, 8 tramlines and several buses that cover most of the city. The water bus links Rotterdam and Drechtsteden while water taxis travel from shore to shore. A cheaper alternative are the tuk-tuks (3-wheeled motorbikes).