Netherlands

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The motto goes as follows: “Money is made in Rotterdam, divided in Den Hague, and spent in Amsterdam”

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A modern architectural landscape hosting one of the largest ports in the world and a cutting edge art scene, it is no wonder Rotterdam is where the money is made.

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With plenty of shopping and commercialized industries, It’s also not too difficult to find reasons to spend money in Rotterdam

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This Dutch harbor town was once bombed to the ground following the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands.

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The destruction resulted in the surrender of the Netherlands to the Germans (in fear of more Dutch cities being bombed). The result spurred a new architectural movement in the Netherlands.

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The unique architecture of Rotterdam has made it a perfect backdrop for many modern and contemporary artists

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Lining the canals are piece after piece of contemporary art sculptures leading visitors and residents to the many infamous art museums of Rotterdam

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Containing some of the best pieces of Dutch Golden Age art and some modern/contemporary art, The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands.

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After a day of looking at museums and eating some popular surinamese food and sate, it’s nice to take a canal taxi and see what some call the “Gateway to Europe”.

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The city of Rotterdam is strategically located on a delta waterway that extends through out Europe. Being the largest port in Europe and one of the busiest (surpassed by Shanghai in 2004), the port of Rotterdam is the city’s true center.

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Whether its the cultural night life or sleek skyscrapers that draws you, Rotterdam is a modernized Dutch port city with a lot to offer both culturally and historically.

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