Rotterdam Sightseeing Drive and Market Visit
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Rotterdam is decidedly different from other Dutch cities. After being bombed flat during WWII, it's truly a city reborn from the ashes. Today's Rotterdam is a modern metropolis with a gleaming, post-modern aesthetic.
The Witte Huis (White House) is a 10-story Art Nouveau building that, when it was built in 1898, was the tallest building in Europe. Likewise, Delfhaven, one of Rotterdam's oldest and best-preserved districts, offers a glimpse back in time. It's where the Pilgrims made a final pit stop in 1620 before heading across the sea to the Americas.
It's the Cubes, however, that may knock you off your axis – if only because that's what appears to have happened with these post-modernist homes. You'll marvel at this village of 40 cube houses tilted at an angle of 45 degrees, and while the floors inside are perfectly level, the effect is disarming.
At the Market Hallen, explore Holland's first and only market to be open every single day of the year. The vendors here sell every kind of food – cheeses, meats, breads, fruits and vegetables. Go ahead and treat yourself – it's like the ultimate Dutch buffet of deliciousness. But it's not just the food that looks good; it's the cutting edge architecture. Shaped like a jumbo airplane hangar, the interior seems designed to make you feel like an ant. Colossal panels of colorful fruits and vegetables rise up the curved walls and ceiling. And despite its open-air ambience, a huge glass facade keeps everything draft-proof. Even if you're not hungry, this place will whet your appetite for the incredible.
Rotterdam's King Kong
During WWII, a physically imposing Dutchman from Rotterdam named Christiaan Lindemans worked with the French and Dutch resistance. Though his "shoot first, ask questions later" approach to the Nazis made him one of their top targets, he later switched sides. Captured and interrogated by the British, he took his own life before he could pay for his betrayal.
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