Getting out of town doesn’t always mean going someplace close to home. With cheap airfare from budget airlines readily available, you can travel all the way to Europe for what it used to cost to go to Cebu. Now, you can check out all the cities you’ve heard about like Paris, London and Amsterdam but I recommend to check out the second cities for lower prices, smaller crowds, and just about as much history and culture- sometimes even more. A great example is Rotterdam.
Tulips in Rotterdam
Rotterdam, in the west of the Netherlands, is little known compared to the country’s capital, Amsterdam, despite being the second largest city. But Rotterdam is a brilliantly multicultural, cosmopolitan city, as well as being Europe’s largest port, and it’s definitely worth a trip.
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The Maritime Museum is a brilliant first stop for those looking to understand the historical backdrop of the city and its focal point: the port of Rotterdam. The harp-shaped Erasmus Bridge is an architectural gem and soars over the port. Rotterdam Zoo is also great for a day trip, and contains a popular and impressive aquarium – great for keeping the whole family entertained.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is a must-visit for art-lovers, and contains works from the Middle Ages to the present by artists including Rembrandt and Warhol. The museum is also often home to great exhibitions and its restaurant looks out onto the statue garden. The city also has many smaller museums and art galleries that are great for catching something further off the tourist trail.
Rotterdam’s concert halls are a sight to behold, so it’s worth catching a performance at one of them during your trip. Try De Doelen for classical, jazz and world music, or Rotterdamse Schouwburg for theatre, opera and dance. If you’re looking for somewhere to relax and refresh, the locals can always be found stopping for a drink on the street of Nieuwe Binnenweg and Grandcafe Engels boasts a generous roof terrace with spectacular views of Rotterdam.