For those seeking a lively and contemporary atmosphere, the Netherlands’ second city will not disappoint. Rotterdam is home to the largest port in Europe, often earning it the title of the “Gateway to Europe” – but why travel further when you can experience the culture, maritime heritage and modern architecture of the city.
Following the destruction of the city during the Second World War, Rotterdam was rebuilt with a focus on innovative and exciting architecture, creating a modern metropolis. All five of the tallest buildings in the Netherlands are located in Rotterdam, along with many other eye catching buildings. Whilst being known as an industrial port city, amongst all the striking architecture there are many green spaces – Rotterdam is in fact of the greenest cities in the Netherlands. Het Park is one of Rotterdam’s most picturesque spots, a common place for picnics and sports.
Along with the architecture, there is plenty to see and do in Rotterdam. From the many museums, such as Kunsthal Rotterdam, Nederlands Fotomuseum and the Maritiem Museum, to the never ending list of festivals. Whilst the world famous Jazz and Film festivals take the headlines, there are plenty of smaller festivals held in every corner of the city. There is always something happening in this lively city, but it won’t be hard to see all the amazing sites of Rotterdam - there are a wide variety of tours offered by bike, bus, boat or on foot.
At the end of a busy day of sightseeing, you will be spoilt for choice on what to do next. The city is full of restaurants – with the waterfront having a great selection of some of the city’s finest restaurants along with some more casual eats. For those that want to keep the night going, there are plenty of pubs, cocktails bars, clubs and intimate concert venues to choose from.
Rotterdam is only half an hour from the Netherland’s third city, The Hague. As the home of international law and arbitration – it is well worth a visit.
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