South Holland

Rotterdam

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Rotterdam
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Rotterdam's charms are not immediately apparent, as, unlike in Amsterdam or Utrecht, there is no historical centre, since it was destroyed during the Second World War. However, this dynamic and modern port, the fifth largest in the world, has many other attractions; with plenty of parks and gardens, it is renowned for its festivals, galeries and bars. Finally, propelled by a real surge of creativity, it has also become a hotbed for contemporary architecture.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Rotterdam

Rotterdam Port Rotterdam Port
Rotterdam Port
Rotterdam
1:00
Kubuswoningen (cubic houses)
Kubuswoningen (cubic houses)
Rotterdam
0:30
Willemsbrug
Willemsbrug
Rotterdam
1:00
Erasmusbrug
Erasmusbrug
Rotterdam
1:00
Boijmans van Beuningen Museum
Boijmans van Beuningen Museum
Rotterdam
2:00
Museumpark
Museumpark
Rotterdam
1:30

Our reports

Netherlands: Rotterdam by boat and by bike

Around 90% of the town was destroyed by the German bombing raids in 1940 which meant that Rotterdam has, in the second part of the 20th century, become a experimental site for modern architecture. It is now filled with skyscrapers. The town has received contributions from some of the greatest names in architecture from Álvaro Siza to Norman Foster and includes local talent such as Rem Koolhas.
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