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Rotterdam is the only Dutch city with a skyline

Go for a bike tour along the waterfront

The cubicle houses belong to the architectural innovations of Rotterdam

Museum Kunsthal is designed by world famous architect Rem Koolhaas

It is great to go for a boat tour in the large harbor

Rotterdam has the biggest harbor of Europe

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Rotterdam, the Gateway of Europe

The dynamic city of Rotterdam offers you a very different experience than the traditional Dutch city. It is modern, fast moving, industrial and has the only real skyline in the whole country! It is known for its edgy architecture and trendy shops and museums. Plus: it is home to the biggest harbor of Europe, which is definitely worth a visit.

One of the most outstanding structures of the city is the “Cubicle Houses”, located at the Maas wharf. The 38 houses are sitting on pillars and are tilted 45 degrees. This way, you can only see the ground or the sky when you look out of the window. The Cubicle Houses are open for visiting.       

Rotterdam is loved by architects, artists and designers for its modern vibe. That’s why you will find a lot of contemporary art and architecture museums in Rotterdam. Most of them are located at the Museum Park, a 15 minute walk from the Central Station. Definitely worth a visit are Boijmans van Beuningen (contemporary art), the Kunsthal (contemporary art) and the Dutch Architectural Institute.   

Close to the Museum Park, you will find one of the most charming shopping streets of the city: the Witte de Wittstraat. The street is full of nice galleries and cool boutiques. Do make a stop at hotel-restaurant Bazar for a drink or dinner. This oriental chic place is a local favorite.  

Although many of the old buildings have been demolished, some important ones have fortunately been preserved. Hotel New York is one of them. In the old days, many Europeans embarked on the ships of the Holland America Line from there, with dreams of building up a better life on the other side of the ocean. Today, it is a restaurant, hotel, oyster bar, book shop and barber shop – all in a typical nineteenth century setting.