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Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Overview

Located in the Dutch province of South Holland, Rotterdam is the Netherlands’ second largest city. The bombardment of the city during the second World War was a turning point in Rotterdam’s visual future. Faced with the option to rebuild the city as it was or completely change it, Rotterdam chose the second option, resulting in a modern looking city with some unique (and sometimes bizarre!) architecture.

The yellow and white tilted Cube Houses designed by Piet Blom, the elegant Erasmusbrug (nicknamed “The Swan”) and the futuristic city library with yellow tubes that snake around the building’s exterior form a few staples of Rotterdam’s modern architectural identity. The city is home to a variety of museums (including the well-known Boijmans van Beuningen), an international mix of restaurants (everything from African toVietnamese) and a full year’s worth of festivals and events.

The city plays host every year to the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Summer Carnival, the International Film Festival and the Bavaria City Races, and has been the starting point for the Tour de France and a city stage location for the Red Bull Air Race. Situated in the West of the country, Rotterdam is within easy travelling distance to Amsterdam (1 hour), The Hague (30 minutes), Scheveningen beach (35 minutes) and Delft (25 minutes).

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