Rotterdam is a city of history. Founded in the mid 13th century the city lived through all the wars and eventually turned from a small fishing village into an international centre of trade, transport, industry, and a city of modern architecture and recreation. The certain zest of the city is that it's unlike other Holland's cities, it's a city with outstanding architecture and delightful culture, abundant in attractions, festivals and museums. The fact is that Rotterdam is sure to pleasantly surprise you!
The attractions on Rotterdam are great, and the first one, the one that none can miss, is its beautiful architecture. It's quite natural as Rotterdam is home for many important institutes and renowned architecture firms. Houses, shops, theatres and museums show the examples of unusual architecture. Every week there is a lecture, excursion or new exhibition on architecture somewhere in the city. Special architecture excursions are organized for those who are interested in exploring Rotterdam architecture.
However, impressive architecture is not the only thing this magnificent city can offer to a visitor. The attractions on Rotterdam include lots of places to go to. Would you like to see the city from above? No problem and no plane needed. You should simply visit Euromast. On top of it you'll have the most magnificent view over Rotterdam and the world's largest harbour. You will enjoy the ride in the Space Tower for sure and you'll have a chance to have a complete view of the city and its surroundings.
Another example of attractions on Rotterdam is the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, which is the only museum in Holland that covers the 14th century to the present in its art collection. Old masters such as Titian, Rubens, Goya, Durer as well as modern painters - Dali, Picasso, Van Gogh are represented there.
After admiring the masterpieces of world-famous painters you should visit Delfshaven. Delfshaven is one of the last remaining areas of old Rotterdam still portraying gabled houses and a windmill. Also here you can see the Pilgrim Fathers Church where the Pilgrim Fathers left for the West in 1620 to become founders of the United States. The whole area is breathing with history, the historical significance of the place will make the visit worth.
One of the main attractions on Rotterdam is Diergaarde Blijdorp, which is the extensive zoo. You should also visit its impressive Oceanium, where you can walk through the huge shark tunnel.
And of course your trip around Rotterdam can't be completed without a tour of the harbour during which you'll enjoy the sea and beautiful view of the surroundings.
If you get a bit tired of cultural attractions in Rotterdam - you are welcome to do some shopping. Rotterdam is a paradise for shoppers with a variety of chain stores and lots of small, often unique and exotic boutiques.
But you can't say you've seen Rotterdam if you didn't take part in nightlife in Rotterdam. It's the city where everything happens in the nightlife. That is the title that Rotterdam possesses justly. Lots of restaurants, clubs, cafes and of course discos will assure you in that. You will be offered delicious food from a variety of cultures. And if you like to shake a little - this is your place as Rotterdam is the cradle of house and dance music, and this can be easily noted due to a high quality of dance parties and clubs.
Charming at daylight and tempting under the moon Rotterdam is ready to welcome you. You'll wish one thing only - let the holidays last forever.