Like the Dutch cities of The Hague, Haarlem and Amsterdam, forward-looking, futuristic Rotterdam has several great art museums. The best art museums in Rotterdam cover all periods of work from medieval to modern.
The Hague’s premier fine-art museum is housed in a wonderful Art Deco building designed by HP Berlage, Holland’s leading exponent of Art Deco, and finished in 1935. Once inside, there’s so much to see that if you want to do justice to visiting the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, you could easily be there all day.
The only Dutch city with a contemporary skyline, Rotterdam owes its legacy of sleek futuristic architecture to the Nazi annihilation of the old city in 1940, which left only tiny pockets of medieval architecture in Delfshaven and Oudehaven. The easiest ways of visiting Rotterdam harbor are to take a boat trip along the River Maas or to follow the walking and cycling trails that surround it.
Rotterdam is a modern, forward-thinking city that has depended on its port for its income. After Nazi bombing in May 1940 virtually annihilated the entire city, regeneration has been key. This is a Dutch city like no other, with only shadowy remnants of its historic gabled districts left in Delfshaven. Seeing Rotterdam in a day means kicking off with a tour of the port.
The Hague (Den Haag in Dutch) is the administrative capital of the Netherlands, a compact city spreading out from its political powerbase around the Hofvijver Lake. This is the place to start a tour if you only have one day in The Hague.
As the seat of Dutch government and the third largest city in The Netherlands, The Hague has many major attractions including the UN Peace Palace, the fabulous Mauritshuis art gallery (due to re-open in May 2014) and of course the Binnenhof parliament buildings around Hofvijver lake. Not least among these is the chic Statenkwartier area of The Hague, which is one of the oldest and smartest districts of the city.