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Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands’ great surprises. You won’t find an abundance of cobblestone streets or meandering waterways here. Instead, the lively city is considered a cutting-edge marvel for its modern architectural elements, chic malls and bustling harbor. Just 36 miles to the southwest is Amsterdam, offering the best in traditional Dutch scenery and cultural tours that are just a one-hour train ride away.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Rotterdam was nearly destroyed when the Germans invaded the Netherlands during World War II. One of the structures to survive the bombings is City Hall, a building erected in 1914 which was inspired by the Art Deco style. The roof of the middle tower is made of gold, and the musical styles of the belltower at the top of the building are sure to entertain.
• There’s a museum for every kind of interest in Rotterdam. For chess aficionados, don’t miss the Museum of Chess-Pieces.
• The Netherlands’ trademark windmills are one of the highlights in Rotterdam. Snap a photo of the De Ster or De Lelie before touring these quaint Dutch relics.
• Get a taste of what Rotterdam used to look like before World War II at the Old Harbour, where its oldest buildings still remain intact.
• Enjoy a fun-filled family day at the Rotterdam Zoo, one of the Netherlands’ oldest zoos at over 150 years old.
There are plenty of trendy shops to visit in Rotterdam for the best bargains in the Netherlands. Don’t miss the Beurstraverse, one of the most recent additions to Rotterdam’s shopping landscape, and one of the most fun to shop in. You’ll feel like you’re in a space-age shopping district with the modern design elements surrounding you.
The Euro (EUR), the currency of the European Union, is the official currency of the Netherlands. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.
Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.