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As the second-largest city in the Netherlands, Rotterdam is vibrant and ever-changing with new buildings constantly springing up. These include the honey-combed Drijvend Paviljoen (Floating Pavilion) in Rijnhaven harbor - see it at night when it's beautifully illuminated in pinks, yellows and blues.

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» Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen)

Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen), Rotterdam

Revolutionary architect Piet Blom designed and developed Rotterdam's collection of 40 innovative cube houses in 1984, each of which has a giant yellow and gray tilted, wooden cube balancing on top of the ground level. The houses were built to resemble trees in a forest and to present an alternative to high-density urban living. Blom took the Ponte Vecchio in Florence as his inspiration for the structures and included public areas below and private living spaces above in the cubes …

» Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge)

Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge), Rotterdam

Better known by its affectionate local nickname of 'the Swan,' Erasmus Bridge crosses the River Nieuwe Maas with its elegant white spines, constructed in 1996 to link north and south Rotterdam across the harbor. Designed by Ben van Berkel, the bridge is an iconic landmark in Rotterdam, and its 456-foot (139-meter) single pylon supports 32 steel cables from which the half-mile (800 m) roadway is suspended. The southern side of the bridge includes Europe's heaviest bascule, which lifts in order to let shipping transport through …

» Euromast

Euromast, Rotterdam

Designed by Dutch architect Hugh Maaskant for the 1960 Floriade flower festival, Euromast dominates the Rotterdam skyline with its futuristic shape, serving as a much-loved city landmark. Now standing 606 feet (185 meters) tall, Euromast was originally only 328 feet tall before its extra height was added in the 1970s to counter its lost title as Holland's tallest structure. Originally built as an observation tower, Euromast is better known today as a center for fine dining and adrenaline-pumping extreme sports …

» Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk, Rotterdam

Located just 10 miles outside of Rotterdam is Kinderdijk, one of the most authentic tourist destinations in the Netherlands. The village, located on the Alblasserwaard polder at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers, is home to 19 windmills that were built around 1740 to help control water and reclaim the land on which the polder sits. One of the best times to visit is during early September when for one week, the windmills are lit up each night from 8:30 to 11:30pm. Kinderdijk was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997 …

» Kop van Zuid

Kop van Zuid, Rotterdam

What was once an abandoned port area has now been redeveloped into an urban, metropolitan neighborhood. Many of the disused buildings in Kop van Zuid - shipyards, headquarters, and plants - have remained and were recently given a second life, not without thanks to the completion of the now-iconic Erasmus Bridge that finally united the north and the south sides of the mighty Nieuwe Maas River. Along with new infrastructure and award-winning architecture (throughout their modernization, most buildings kept a lot of their original features to keep history alive …

» Maritime Museum Rotterdam

Maritime Museum Rotterdam, Rotterdam

The Maritime Museum Rotterdam is one of the world's oldest and largest museums dedicated to naval history and displays more than three quarters of a million objects from the 15th century to modern times, including photos, models, blueprints, videos and actual ship objects and uniforms. One of the core displays is the collection of ship models, which formed the core of the museum when it was founded by Prince Henry of the Netherlands in 1874. In addition, the site also contains some actual ships …

» Markthal Rotterdam

Markthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam

Rotterdam's brand new market hall is more than just a place to shop for produce and grab a bite; it's an attraction in its own right. It features over 100 food stalls, eight restaurants and 15 shops, all located underneath an imposing horseshoe-shaped structure with glass facades consisting of 4,000 small windows hanged by steel cables - it is, in fact, the largest glass-window cable structure in Europe, and as such, is considered an architectural masterpiece by many experts. Additionally, the inside of the market is covered by more than 4,000 colorful tiles …

» Miniworld Rotterdam

Miniworld Rotterdam, Rotterdam

Miniworld Rotterdam is the largest indoor miniature world in the Netherlands. The 535-square-meter site of Dutch landscapes is complete with miniature versions of polders, city views, harbors and model trains that traverse over 2 kilometers of track. Experience the city of Rotterdam, complete with historic architecture and modern towers, including buildings such as the Erasmusbridge, the Euromast, Hotel New York, the new Rotterdam Central Station and City Hall. There is even a to-scale working model of the Port of Rotterdam …

» Nederlands Fotomuseum

Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam

The Nederlands Fotomuseum is a must-visit stop if you are interested in the medium of photography. With more than 100,000 images available to browse in its digital collection, travelers can explore more than 100 years of Netherlands' photographic past, as well as from other locations around the world. The museum contains more than 130 archives from Dutch photographers, with millions of images of the country's cultural, social and historical past archived within, and also includes a collection of short films from Dutch filmmakers, some of which can be viewed in the site's Film Lounge …

» Old Harbor (Oude Haven)

Old Harbor (Oude Haven), Rotterdam

The Old Harbor, or Oude Haven, of Rotterdam is the city's first port, dating back to 1350. Today, the Old Harbor is an entertainment center of Rotterdam, with a unique mix of old and new structures and a collection of terraces and restaurants to enjoy some time to relax in the bustling city. Rotterdam's Old Harbor is home to a number of old sailing ships that harken back to the heyday of the city as a trading port. Alongside the harbor stands Het Witte Huis (The White House), recognized as the first skyscraper of Europe …

» Rotterdam City Hall

Rotterdam City Hall, Rotterdam

Rotterdam is famous around the world for its modern architecture, but this quirky feature came about by obligation rather than by imagination. The vast majority of the city was turned to ashes during the destructive Rotterdam Blitz by the German Air Force of 14 May 1940, but one building miraculously survived: the City Hall. Built between 1914 and 1940 as per Queen Wilhelmina's request, it has a symmetrical design and a sober Renaissance style that is not without resemblance to other Dutch city halls …

» SS Rotterdam

SS Rotterdam, Rotterdam

The SS Rotterdam, La Grand Dame, is the former flagship cruise liner of the Holland America Cruise Line, which since 2010 is now a hotel, restaurant, and event center located in Rotterdam Harbor. The SS Rotterdam was built in Rotterdam, inaugurated in 1958 and put into service in 1959, making a Trans-Atlantic crossing to New York for its maiden voyage. At the time, the ship was one of the ten largest cruise ships in the world. The ship's design was more streamlined and modern than traditional cruise liners at the time with a sharp, high bow and slender flues …

» St Lauren's Church (Sint Laurenskerk)

St Lauren's Church (Sint Laurenskerk), Rotterdam

St. Lauren's Church, or The Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, is the primary cathedral of Rotterdam, and the only remaining building of medieval times in the city. The late-Gothic structure was built between 1449 and 1525, originally consecrated as a Catholic cathedral before being converted to a Protestant place of worship following the Reformation in 1572. Much of the ornate decoration from the interior was removed at this time. For a time, from 1619 to 1642, the church was topped with a wooden spire designed by architect Hendrick de Keyser, but this was demolished due to rot. The next idea was to top the tower with a stone pinnacle …

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Due to its prime position on the Nieuwe Maas river and importance as a port city, Rotterdam was almost annihilated during World War II bombing raids. Today, the city's architecture looks to the future more than that of any other Dutch city, thanks to post-war reconstruction undertaken with flair and initiative …

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Rotterdam is located where the Rhine meets the North Sea. The port city is strategic for carrying goods into the continent and exports throughout the world. The old harbour that was damaged in WWII has been rebuilt in an avant-garde style. Cube Houses, a pyramid library, and many interesting museums …

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