famous Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen, built in 1984)
in the largest port in Europe - The Hague is not the only Dutch city
to successfully experiment with modern architecture. Photo by Hanselpedia.
Dates from 1260 when the first dam was built and Rotterdam is the Netherlands' second largest city and contains
more non-native Dutch than any other city in the country with large
communities of Turks, Surinamese and Moroccans.
A popular saying by citizens of Rotterdam is: 'Money is earned
in Rotterdam, divided in The Hague and spilled in Amsterdam.'
However these days Rotterdammers are doing a good job of €uro-spilling
themselves with dramatic urban renewal projects, excellent museums,
fine home-grown music - both orchestral and youth oriented rock/hiphop/blues/whatever - and masses of
local festivals. It was European Capital of Culture in 2001 and has
a reputation as one of the Europe's best clubbing cities.
Erasmus Bridge, Erasmusbrug, also know as The Swan (De Zwaan), linking north
and south parts of the city. From this angle that looks more like a ballerina's leg to us.
sights are the magnificently modern structures alongside a few fine
old buildings, notable museums such as Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum
(for great masters but they also have a modern wing featuring surrealism), the Kunsthal (for contemporary art and design exhibitions)
and the Het Nieuwe Instituut (The New Institute) previously known as NAI.
The Euromast Tower
is great for a panoramic views of the city and has some high altitude
less attractive aspect but a major source of income for Holland is Rotterdam's petrochemical refining. Photo by CherryX.
The Delfshaven district. Photo by Dickelbers
old port, Oude Haven. Photo by Michiel1972.
is no shortage of ancient architecture in Rotterdam to compete with the avant-garde.
Beaches, however, are hard to come by. From time to time the local
council builds artificial beaches but with little success as sand
is shallow, waters polluted and the next storm frequently removes the sand anyway. The Hook of Holland is the nearest
As with all cities in the Netherlands a bicycle is the best way for a tourist to get around, with masses of dedicated tracks. The city also offers efficient metro, trams and buses.
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