Rotterdam's charms are not immediately apparent, because, unlike Amsterdam or Utrecht, it has no historic centre due to bombing during WWII. However, this dynamic, modern city, Europe's largest port, has no lack of appeals. With plenty of parks and gardens, it is renowned for its festivals, galleries and bars. Finally, and possibly as a result of the wartime devastation, it has risen from its ashes to become a hotbed for contemporary architecture and creativity in general.
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