Rotterdam, Netherlands for Insane Architecture

Everything in Netherlands is connected so well, so were able to swiftly get to Rotterdam from the Hague in just under 30 minutes. I was amazed with the town even before I got out of the underground – as the first thing I saw were the walls decorated with Keith Haring’s art. And what awaited us outside was even more awesome. Basically, the entire town looked like as if someone gave architects and civil engineers a half-built town and a cart blanche to do whatever they want, which is basically what happened after World War Two with architects like Piet Blom and others. We in fact visited his masterpiece, the Cube Houses, which was probably the coolest (albeit quite impractical) construction I’ve seen in my entire life. Or his equally bizarre Blaaktoren, which is a giant pencil-shaped building. Or the Central Library building, which looks like it was made in dreams of a 5-year-old kid. Anyway, after we descended from this architectural equivalent of an acid trip, we went to the Martkhall (another crazy construction), where we tried delicacies from around the world, but also some massive-sized stroopwafel. We finished our day walking around the museum district and having beer in of the local pubs, where no one was under 50. Would love to return and explore Rotterdam some more!

Insider Tip

Definitely try the famous Rotterdam herring. Yum.

Where I stayed / started

The Hague

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