Rotterdam’s 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.
The Delfshaven district. Photo by Dickelbers
Rotterdam’s old port, Oude Haven. Photo by Michiel1972.
There 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 beach destination.
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.