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CaptionRotterdam is a city in the province of South Holland in the west of the Netherlands. The city is the second largest in the country with a population of approximately 617 000 inhabitants in the municipality and about 1.3 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Rotterdam is one of Europe's most vibrant multicultural cities; it is known for its university Erasmus cutting-edge architecture lively cultural life striking riverside setting its maritime heritage and colourful summer events. Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. The port of Rotterdam is Europe's busiest port by cargo tonnage and was the world's busiest from 1962 until it was surpassed by Shanghai in 2004. ________________________________________ Getting in: By plane: Rotterdam is served by Rotterdam The Hague Airport IATA: RTM [2] with direct flights from selected cities in Germany Austria Italy France Spain Greece Turkey and the United Kingdom. By train: Rotterdam Centraal Station is served by high-speed trains from Belgium and France. By car: Rotterdam is easily reached by car. From Amsterdam take the A4 South to The Hague change to the A13 to Rotterdam. From Utrecht take the A12 and change to the A20 just after Gouda. Traffic congestion on highways is common during peak hours By bus: Eurolines links Rotterdam with various cities of Europe. The Eurolines buses arrive in front of Rotterdam Centraal Station. ____________________________________ Getting around: By bicycle: Like any city in The Netherlands Rotterdam is very very bicycle-friendly. Getting around by bike is probably the fastest way of travel within the city. By public transport: The public transport system in Rotterdam is very well organized. If you are not sure about which kind of public transportation route you should take you may find advice on 9292 By metro: There are five metro lines operated by RET. Lines A green B yellow and C red formerly known as Calandlijn share tracks between Schiedam Centrum and Capelsebrug and offer an east-west connection. By taxi: If you do need a taxi you will have to find yourself a taxi rank or call a taxi company like the Rotterdamse Taxi Centrale RTC N.V. or the Coöperatieve Taxi Onderneming St. Job ______________________________________ See: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen The museum founded in 1849 houses a rich broad collection that can be generally grouped into four wings: Old Art with masterpieces such as Pieter Brueghel the Elder's The "little" Tower of Babel 1563. The collection of Prints and Drawings and the collection of Applied Arts and Design with their international allure. And the Modern Art wing has an important collection of surrealism prominently featuring Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. Kunsthal Westzeedijk An exhibition hall that houses some 25 expositions annually. The Kunsthal often experiments with themes that have never been used for an exhibition before. This approach produces a fascinating and widely varied repertoire. In total the Kunsthal has 3 300 m˛ of exhibition space in a striking building designed by OMA Rem Koolhaas / Fuminori Hoshino and is a true work of art all on its own. NAi: Netherlands Architecture institute The ticket for the NAI also provides access to Sonneveld House Museum. Nederlands FotomuseumThe Nederlands Fotomuseum focuses on photography in the broadest sense of the word. By doing so the museum wants to show the diversity of forms of photography. Not only as an artistic form of expression but also and especially as a medium of social expression and commentary. Maritime Museum A variety of expositions about the harbour of Rotterdam and maritime history. The museum also has an outdoor part of wich the Museumschip De Buffel is the absolute highlight. This 19th century gunboat is restored in all its glory and a must-see for naval enthousiasts. Museum of Chess-Pieces This little museum can be found among the famous Cube houses and houses a diverse collection of chess games. From ancient Chinese to all sorts of cartoon characters. Chabot Museum This neat little museum is housed in a splendid modernist 30's villa. It houses a collection of works of the expressionist painter Hendrik Chabot. A very recommendable if short visit for art lovers. Het Schielandshuis The historical museum of Rotterdam. The museum is established in the only remaining 17th century building in the city center of Rotterdam. It was once the place where French emperor Napoleon slept visiting his troops when they occupied the Netherlands. Museum De Dubbelde Palmboom Experience the atmosphere of this former warehouse and discover the exhibition on Rotterdam Junction which shows the city's development into a world port. Natuurhistorisch Museum The "Natural History Museum" Is situated in the Museumpark near Boijmans the NAi and the Kunsthal. WereldmuseumThe Wereldmuseum World Arts Museum focuses on encounters and cross-cultural inspiration. Witte de With Witte de WithCentre for Contemporary Arts exhibits lectures multimedia for comtemporary arts. Mariniersmuseum Wijnhaven The museum of the Marine Corps is situated in a historic building in the Oude Haven. It shows the history of the 340 years-old corps as well as it's modern day role. Oorlogs Verzets Museum The small 'War and Resistance Museum' paints life in Rotterdam and the Netherlands during the Second World War. Attention is also given to the military developments of the time and the destruction of the city of Rotterdam. SSN Museumstoomdepot Old steam locomotives and trains can be admired at the 'Steam Depot Museum'. Besides a small museum it's very much a workshop too where you can see the actual work of restauration in progress. Railz Miniworld It’s the largest indoor model railroad layout of The Netherlands.
HeadlineRotterdam is a city in the province of South Holland in the west of the Netherlands. The city is the second largest in the country with a population of approximately 617 000 inhabitants in the municipality and about 1.3 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area. Rotterdam is one of Europe's most vibrant multicultural cities; it is known for its university Erasmus cutting-edge architecture lively cultural life striking riverside setting its maritime heritage and colourful summer events.
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