Rotterdam in 1960 was nothing like it used to be. When allied and German allied bombed Rotterdam in 1940, they left Rotterdammers with a daunting task: to rebuild almost everything from the ground up. This visionary community decided that the new city would be a modern metropolis rather than an artificial recreation of a Golden Age port.
Unlike a lot of European cities, Rotterdam is water-oriented. People travel from one side of the city to the other using water taxis or walking across beautiful bridges that famous architects designed.
The city of Rotterdam has always been a focal point for art, culture, and architecture. The inclusion of the contemporary in this city has persisted throughout time, making it a culture where innovation is celebrated.
The redevelopment of the former docklands at Kop van Zuid, home to De Rotterdam tower designed by superstar architect Rem Koolhaas; Centraal Station's redevelopment; the iconic Erasmus Bridge; and the utterly unique Markthal all make exploring in Rotterdam both eye-opening and hugely enjoyable.
The Hague is the Dutch government's seat and the Dutch monarch's official residence. The city is also home to several important institutions, including the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
With its convenient location on the North Sea coast, The Hague is an ideal destination for a sunny beach vacation or a cultural city break.
The town has a cultural scene that is filled with excitement. Some come here for the museums, including the world-renowned Mauritshuis and Nederlands Dans Theater. And soon, they will be able to visit Spuiplein, a new cultural precinct that's opening soon in the city.
The Mauritshuis is home to some of the best art of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Art Gallery boasts works by Dutch masters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Fabritius. At the museum, you can also find masterpieces by Rubens, Jan Steen, and Frans Hals. The exquisite collection and majestic building have earned it the nickname "the jewelry box."