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Hotel New York
Hotel New York

The Hotel New York is a hotel located in the former headquarters of the Holland-America Line (H.A.L.). The hotel is regarded as the symbolic birthplace of the Dutch cruise industry. Up to the turn of the twentieth century, half a million people were carried across the Atlantic on board the company's vessels. The place is now also used as the starting point for RIB boat cruises to/from Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht.

Hotel New York
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FG Foodlabs
FG Foodlabs

FG Food Labs (one Michelin star) – designed by the acclaimed design company King Kongs – is an attraction within an attraction, an impressive railway tunnel under the Rotterdam Hofbogen. The owner, top-chef François Geurds, is the only chef in the Dutch gastronomy with his own flavor laboratory.

FG Foodlabs
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Markthal
Markthal

The Markthal was designed by the MVRDV architecture practice. The grey stone building is shaped like a horseshoe. Apartments have been incorporated between the inner and outer curves of the arch. The inner façade of the Markthal is adorned with an artwork by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam which is 11,000 m² in size and is entitled Horn of Plenty. The title refers to the Cornucopia, a horn from Greek mythology that symbolises abundance and satiety. 

Markthal
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De Matroos en het Meisje
De Matroos en het Meisje

Terrific food and service. They only do a chef's menu so just say how many courses you want and what foods you don't like. The chefs will take care of the rest. Delicious.

De matroos en het meisje
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Poffertjessalon Seth
Poffertjessalon Seth

Poffertjes… Pronounce: Poff-fer-jus… Even saying it brings a smile to your face. It’s one of the yummiest traditional Dutch foods that you will find in the Netherlands. The small, fluffy pancakes are typically served with a lump of butter and then covered in powdered sugar. You will find the best ones at Poffertjessalon Seth in Rotterdam, 7 days a week. 

Poffertjessalon Seth
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The Jane Antwerp
The Jane Antwerp

The Jane first offering a unique combination of top notch gastronomy. The restaurant is set in the former chapel of the Military Hospital. Piet Boon took care of the restaurant’s design and together with various artists and craftspeople he made sure The Jane became a real gem.

The Jane
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Citizen M
Citizen M

A trendy hotel with carefully-designed minimalist hotel rooms. The hotel is right in the heart of Rotterdam, next to the famous (and very photogenic) food hall, Markthal, and the Cube Houses. There is also an abundance of great restaurants and bars in the area, with new spots opening all the time. It's also located next to Europe's first skyscraper, which can be seen from the rooms with a harbor view.

Citizin M
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Room Mate Bruno
Room Mate Bruno

Situated in the Feijenoord district Room Mate Bruno is a boutique hotel set in a former tea warehouse of the Dutch East India Company in Rotterdam. This 4-story building offers views over the Maas river and is located within walking distance from Markthal Rotterdam. A great choice for travellers interested in skyline views, harbours and restaurants. 

Room Mate Bruno
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Kinderdijk
Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk is the site of nineteen polder windmills in the northwest of Alblasserwaard. Since 1997, they have been on UNESCO's world heritage list. Windmills were built at Kinderdijk from the end of the fifteenth century onwards, but the current windmills almost all date from 1738 and 1740.

Kinderdijk
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Euromast
Euromast

The Euroscoop is a rotating glass elevator that takes you no less than 185 meters into the air and you can enjoy the impressive views over the harbour and the city. A spectacular 360º panoramic view. On the Euromast you can not only dine, but also have a drink! Enjoy a cocktail at Rotterdam’s highest sky bar.

Euromast
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Bicycle Tour Rotterdam
Bicycle Tour Rotterdam

It is no secret, that the Dutch are practically “born” on bikes. Therefore the cities are very bike friendly and the traffic is used to cyclists. Riding your bike along the city’s highlights such as the market hall, the Cube Houses or the Erasmus Bridge will let you experience the city’s unique atmosphere in a fun and relaxed way. Let a local be your guide or rent a bike and explore the city on your own.

Bicycle Tour
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This is Holland experience
This is Holland experience

A unique 5D experience, soaring over the Dutch must-see locations. Fly like a bird and marvel at the diversity, beauty and richness of the Netherlands. Don't forget to breathe, you're in good hands!

This is Holland experience
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Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House

Anne Frank is one of Amsterdam’s best-known historical figures. Anne and her family lived in hiding from the Nazis for more than two years in this house. Today, Anne’s spirit lives on through her diary and the huge numbers of visitors who come to Amsterdam every year to learn more about her short life. The rooms at the Anne Frank House still portray the atmosphere of the period spent in hiding.

Anne Frank House
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Oosterscheldekering
Oosterscheldekering

Building a dam instead of this storm surge barrier would have been much cheaper and easier. But although safety was the first priority, nature could not be forgotten. Closure of the Oosterschelde would have had several consequences. Therefore an open barrier was build that can be closed in time of necessity. A must see in The Netherlands as its shows what the Dutch are capable of. A whole nation protected from the sea by this massive construction.

Oosterscheldekering
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Dutch Design Week
Dutch Design Week

In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to more than 350,000 visitors from home and abroad in more than 110 locations across the city. The emphasis is on experiment, innovation and cross-overs.

DDW
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Tefaf
Tefaf

The European Fine Art Fair (abbreviated: TEFAF) is an annual art, antiques and design fair, organized by The European Fine Art Foundation in the MECC in Maastricht, Netherlands. It was first held in 1988. The 10-day fair attracts about 75,000 visitors and is considered one of the world's leading art fairs. 

Tefaf
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The World Port Days Rotterdam
The World Port Days Rotterdam

The World Port Days, also known as the World Harbour Days, (Dutch: Wereldhavendagen) is a large, festive maritime event held annually in Rotterdam. It is one of the most highly attended events in the Netherlands. 

The World Port Days
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Open daken dagen Rotterdam
Open daken dagen Rotterdam

Rotterdamse Dakendagen wants to stimulate using rooftops to their full potential. We want to show how rooftops can contribute to a healthy, lively, attractive and future-proof city. We view Rotterdam’s inner city as an open laboratory where we show inspiring examples of this during our festival weekend. During the edition of 2018, we showcased 56 different rooftops, which were visited by over 20.000 people.

Open daken dagen
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Museum Night
Museum Night

Museum Night (Dutch: Museumnacht) is an annual event in several cities in Flanders and the Netherlands. Museums will collaborate and people will be able to buy one ticket to access all the participating museums in a particular city. 
One of the most popular events is Museum Night in Amsterdam (in Dutch), but other events are also held in cities like Almere, Antwerp, Breda, Brussels, The Hague, Delft, Ghent, Leiden, Maastricht, Ostend, Roermond, Rotterdam, Utrecht and many more.

Museum Night
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Amsterdam Light festival
Amsterdam Light festival

With the realisation of more than 240 artworks, 7 exhibitions and 5 million visitors since 2012, Amsterdam Light Festival has developed into a leading lightart festival. In addition to organising the annual festival, the foundation is also actively involved throughout the year in sharing knowledge and expertise and contributing to the development of the art discipline.

Amsterdam Light festival
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King's Day
King's Day

King's Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April (26 April if the 27th is a Sunday), the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander. Until the abdication of Queen Beatrix in 2013, the holiday was known as Koninginnedag or Queen's Day and was celebrated on 30 April. Koningsdag is known for its nationwide vrijmarkt ("free market"), at which the Dutch sell their used items. It is also an opportunity for "orange madness" or oranjegekte, a kind of frenzy named for the national colour.  

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Liberation Day
Liberation Day

In the Netherlands, Liberation Day (Dutch: Bevrijdingsdag) is celebrated each year on May the 5th to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II. 

 

 

 

 

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Rotterdam Marathon
Rotterdam Marathon

The Rotterdam Marathon, currently branded NN Rotterdam Marathon, is an annual marathon that has been held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands since 1981. It has been held in April every year since the third edition in 1984, and attracts many top athletes. It has also been ranked as one of the top 10 marathons in the world by Runner's World magazine. The event is the most popular marathon in the Netherlands, followed by the marathons of Amsterdam and Eindhoven. 

Rotterdam Marathon
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Sail Amsterdam 2020
Sail Amsterdam 2020

SAIL is, with the international Tall Ships as decor, the largest public event of the Netherlands. Since 1975 SAIL has grown into the Europe’s largest free-access nautical event. Every five years, roughly 600 ships sail through the ‘Noordzeekanaal’ to moor in and around the ‘IJ-haven’. But remember: SAIL is not just a five day event, every five years. We invite everyone to be part of SAIL Amsterdam 2020 and by being part of SAIL, you will also be part of an event that centralizes connections, innovation and amazement.

Sail Amsterdam
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Monaco Yachtshow
Monaco Yachtshow

Set in the iconic Port Hercules in the principality of Monaco, the Monaco Yacht Show represents the pinnacle of luxury. In September, each year the MYS curates the exhibition of 125+ extraordinary one-off superyachts built by the world’s most respected shipyards and welcomes leaders from the yachting industry. The MYS is the premiere luxury event worldwide where visitors can discover the greatest aspects of superyachting against the glamorous backdrop of Monaco. Since 1991, the MYS has gratefully benefitted from the recognition and the support of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.
 

MYS
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Central station Rotterdam
Central station Rotterdam

Rotterdam Central Station is also known as the international gateway to Rotterdam. Nearly 110,000 travellers pass through Central Station every day. 
Central Station has had a total makeover in recent years, making the station one of the most iconic architectural features in Rotterdam. The roof over the tracks is partly covered in solar panels, continuing uninterrupted into the angled roof over the station hall.

Central station
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The cube-houses Rotterdam
The cube-houses Rotterdam

The cube-houses in Rotterdam are a phenomenon, already for more than 30 years. If you look at them, you wonder whether they are liveble. This appears to be very personal. At first you need to get the feeling like you get with a proper fitting coat: the feeling you are at home.
Always wanted to know what it's like to stay in the world-famous Cube Houses? In the Stayokay hostel, you can!

The cube-houses
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EYE Film Institute
EYE Film Institute

EYE Film Institute Netherlands is a Dutch archive and museum in Amsterdam that preserves and presents both Dutch and foreign films screened in the Netherlands. The museum collection includes 37,000 film titles, 60,000 posters, 700,000 photographs and 20,000 books. The earliest materials date from the start of the film industry in the Netherlands in 1895. 

EYE
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The Rainbow Spiral
The Rainbow Spiral

The Rainbow Spiral is a very special and fairytale-like building in Valkenburg, Limburg. The Ronald McDonald Children's Valley is located in this building, where families with a handicapped child can enjoy a holiday in a homely environment. It is a colorful design by the famous Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The Regenboogspiraal is a beautiful building, with many colors and round shapes, integrated into nature.

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GLOW
GLOW

GLOW is a free accessible light art festival and can be described as an exhibition in the public space of Eindhoven of 35 famous national and international light artists. They show light art and design applications that have come about through the use of new media technologies, such as computers, sensors, animations, but also more familiar projection techniques.The light artworks are connected by a walking route.

GLOW
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De Ballentent
De Ballentent

The port pub of Rotterdam. The eatery takes its name from the fact that the customers said in his Rotterdam: “Let's go have a drink in that "ballentent". Every morning they make the meatballs themselves. The Ballentent® is decorated with beautiful photos, paintings and attributes of the Holland-America Line.

De Ballentent
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NDSM Wharf Amsterdam
NDSM Wharf Amsterdam

Festivals, art and food in Amsterdam North.
There’s something to experience and discover around every corner of this derelict shipyard-turned-edgy art community. A creative hub, it bustles with artists’ cooperatives and youth brands, which have set up shop in the converted factory buildings and hangars. The area was originally used by the Nederlandse Dok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij (NDSM) between 1894 and 1979.

NDSM Wharf Amsterdam
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Vitra Campus
Vitra Campus

The Vitra Campus is simultaneously a fully operational production site and a field of experimentation for architecture and design. The remarkable ensemble of contemporary architecture brings together the commercial and cultural aspects of the Swiss furniture manufacturer. Visit the VitraHaus or the Vitra Design Museum.

VITRA