Comprehensively flattened by bombing during WWII, Rotterdam has used its clean slate to morph into one of Europe’s most architecturally progressive cities. Futuristic structures – the Erasmus Bridge, Kunsthal Museum, Scheepvaart en Transport College and Piet Blom’s cube houses to name just a few – contort the skyline into eye-watering shapes. Beneath this sci-fi cityscape is a fast-paced, ever-evolving metropolis, crammed with progressive pubs, clubs and bars. A calendar packed with international festivals and kooky cultural events ensures that there’s never a dull moment here, even in the depths of winter.
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