Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Rotterdam’s history goes way back to 1340 when it first became a city, but a lot of rebuilding was done after the city was bombed by Germans in 1940. The result is an eclectic mix of old and new architecture, in close proximity throughout the city. Visit the notable Dutch-style houses in Delfshaven, a small and preserved inner city harbor in Rotterdam, and the place where pilgrims set sail in 1620. Learn of the rich history there at the many antique shops, the Museum Rotterdam, and the well-known Pilgrim Fathers Church. Travel less than 10 miles to the neighboring city of Kinderdijk, where you’ll have the pleasure of seeing original windmills from the 1500’s – 19 of them, in fact. One of them is open to visitors and many are still functional. A UNESCO site since 1997, the beautiful windmills are lit at night in September, which is called “mills in floodlight” – and makes for a great photo opportunity. Or take a short train ride to Lisse and take in the sights of Keukenhof, the world's largest flower garden.
- Take a canal boat cruise to see the city’s biggest attractions, from windmills to 17th century mansions and churches.
- Enjoy the history of the Van Gogh Museum, featuring the largest collection of works from the famous Dutch painter.
- Visit the Neo-classical Royal Palace in Dam Square, used by the monarch for grand events.