Rotterdam captivates with its modern architectural skyline, Europe's largest port, urban landscapes, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere that make it a vibrant destination for a city break centered around art, culture, history, and entertainment.
Known as the "City of Architecture," Rotterdam was rebuilt in a futuristic style after being damaged during World War II. Examples of its modern architecture include the Erasmus Bridge designed by Ben van Berkel, suspended over the Maas River, and the innovative Markthal, a food market covered by an artistic ceiling. Equally unique are the Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot with its reflective glass and the Cube Houses by Piet Blom, surprising cube-shaped residences perched on an angle.
The city comes alive with art and culture thanks to its numerous museums and a multitude of events held throughout the year. Worth visiting is the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, housing an eclectic collection of artworks, from ancient masterpieces to modern works. Contemporary art enthusiasts can explore the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, a truly innovative artistic hub.
Prominent among the distinctive cultural events are the International Film Festival Rotterdam (January to February) and the North Sea Jazz Festival (July), attracting artists and spectators from around the world.
Opportunities abound to experience the extraordinary and enjoy breathtaking views of the city, such as ascending the panoramic elevator of the Euromast observation tower and marveling at Rotterdam from above. For those who relish the outdoors in the city, a bicycle ride along the cycling paths provides an immersion into the Dutch cycling atmosphere.
Rotterdam does not disappoint in terms of an authentic culinary experience. The city is renowned for its gastronomic variety, from local delicacies to international dishes. A must-try is the fresh Dutch herring, best enjoyed at the Markthal along with other local delights like Dutch cheeses or dishes made from fresh fish. Also, the Oliebollen, round typical fritters with raisins, are a delight to savor warm.
A trip to Rotterdam is incomplete without some shopping. The coolest spots are Lijnbaan with various brand shops and boutiques or Witte de Withstraat with art galleries, design stores, and trendy cafes. After shopping, one can delve into the lively nightlife of the city, with its numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants.
For an exhilarating moonlit experience, an evening boat tour along the Maas River or around the port to admire the city's glittering lights from the water is a unique memory that is hard to forget.
Edited by editorial staff, Avion Tourism Magazine
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