Amsterdam is over. Here’s why Rotterdam is better

Amsterdam is over. Here’s why Rotterdam is better

Crazy cube houses and the country’s best cocktail bar: Why Rotterdam beats Amsterdam

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Known for its cutting-edge architecture and now becoming better appreciated for its indie food and bars, the Netherlands’ second city is stepping out from the capital’s shadow

Why go now?

Amsterdam is over. Rotterdam has evolved from a down-at-heel port city into one of Europe’s most exciting urban getaways. The 2014 opening of the Markthal (1) (markthalrotterdam.nl) supplied the city with an iconic visitor attraction and a shot of self-confidence – the arched ceiling of this market hall and residential building bears the country’s largest artwork, a piece by Dutch digital artist Arno Coenen, equivalent to the size of two football pitches. The city has also become known for its unusual architecture, such as surreal bright yellow Cube Houses (2) and the De Rotterdam complex’s (3) stacked glass towers.

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Amsterdam is over. Here’s why Rotterdam is better
Amsterdam is over. Here's why Rotterdam is better
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