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Colors of Rotterdam - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

In Rotterdam: Boijmans museum Rotterdam is the second largest city in the country and the largest port of Europe. From 1962 to 2004, the Rotterdam Port was also one of the busiest in the world, until Shanghai intercepted this title. Rotterdam is often called the city of architecture - several square kilometers in the center of Rotterdam are built up with the most modern and futuristic buildings of the 20th century, which you can only imagine. In addition to numerous interesting museum in the city, there are seven original Dutch windmills.
Urban Residences Rotterdam is widely known as one of the most stylish designer hotels in Rotterdam. It is open in an eye-catching, elegant building with panoramic windows. All guest rooms … Open
Local residents possess good skills in finding the compromises, respecting and taking into account the interests of the parties in the course of the dialogue or negotiations. You can formulate the essence of the Dutch mentality in one phrase: everyone can act as he sees fit until this does no harm to others. The consequence of such a national desire for consensus is apparently the legalized prostitution in the Netherlands, light drugs, same-sex marriages, and euthanasia.
People of Rotterdam like are economical, pragmatic, practical and punctual as Germans. The Dutch are known for their cult of cleanness and order. Throwing out garbage twice a week, they sort and pack it into special plastic bags, which must be put in a strictly defined place not earlier than the evening before the departure and no later than six in the morning. If you make a mistake with the container and, for example, the used batteries are in the glass tank, do not be surprised at the police visit that vigilant neighbors will cause, accusing you of causing damage to the environment. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Mainport Design Hotel is one of the most prestigious and luxurious hotels in Rotterdam. In addition to exclusive guest rooms, the hotel offers a range of premium services, including the … Open
Rotterdam is the city of holidays. It may seem that various events pass here every day. In the period from January 21 to February 21 in the Chinatown of Rotterdam, locals together with tourists celebrate the New Year. This bright event is accompanied by fairs, performances, dances, and fireworks, so it is definitely worth a visit. In early March in Zuiderpark, you can enjoy one of the brightest and colorful spring events - the Holi Festival. During April, the city of Rotterdam turns into the territory for numerous venues, where residents celebrate the Day of the King. On the eve passes the King's Night, when all the bars, clubs and pubs organize fantastic thematic parties and invite famous DJs. While walking on the central streets of Rotterdam, you will enjoy various street concerts and performances. And do not forget to visit the flea markets.
In July, Rotterdam hosts the North Sea Jazz festival, which is the world's largest jazz event on the closed ground. In late July, the city turns into one large dance floor. The reason for this is the festival called Rotterdam Unlimited. Dancers, musicians, theater actors turn Rotterdam into one big stage and in the midst of this colorful action choose the queen of the summer. In August, all the visitors of Rotterdam will have the chance to spend few weeks on the open-air Pleinbioscoop cinema festival. The event takes place in the park of the Boymans-van Böningen Museum. During the festival, you will enjoy not only modern movies but also ageless classics, like Casablanca or the God Father.
Hotel New York is a true historic symbol of Rotterdam. It is open in a beautiful old building that is former Holland America headquarters. The design of the building is made in a modern … Open
Rotterdam is very beautiful during the fall. In the first weekend of September, the city hosts Port Days or Wereldhavendagen. Within a few days, you can get acquainted with the inner life of the port of Rotterdam, which is inaccessible to the townsfolk. You will be offered to visit the cargo terminal or the breakwater, to get on a military ship. Near the river, tourists will enjoy the parade of ships, demonstration performances, boat races, and the grandiose salute, which finishes the holiday. In mid-November, local people start preparations for Christmas and New Year holidays. Various fairs start also their work, where you can buy astonishing Christmas tree, and other holiday attributes. December 25, the Dutch celebrate Christmas, and on New Year's Eve at midnight from the Erasmusbrug bridge, people launch a colorful salute. At 3 am, all the New Year's magic disappears without a trace along with the walking crowds of people who scatter over nightclubs or return home to get a good night's sleep before a new working week.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Rotterdam and surroundings

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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Rotterdam
♥   Kathedrale Kerk van de HH Laurentius en Elisabeth, Rotterdam, 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H. Liduina en Onze Lieve Vrouw van de Rozenkrans, Schiedam, 4.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de H.H. Agatha en Barbara, Oudenbosch, 37 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basiliek van de Sint-Jan-de-Doper, Oosterhout, 40.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Sint Catharinakathedraal, Utrecht, 48.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Sint Maarten, Utrecht, 48.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van Sint-Bavo, Haarlem, 51.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Rotterdam
♥   Castle 'Duivenvoorde Castle' , 21.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Burcht van Leiden' , 26.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Slot Teylingen' , 34.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Huys Dever' , 36.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Slot Loevestein' , 39.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'De Haar Castle' , 41.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Breda Castle' , 42 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Rotterdam and around

Madurodam

From the series “Famous Miniature Museums of Architectural Objects and Cities”
Of particular interest are bushes and trees planted in the park, whose height is maintained by efforts of gardeners at a level of no more than 60 cm. The history of the park is incredibly interesting. The author of this project is a famous architect Side Yan Baum. The opening of the miniature park took place in 1952. Not everyone knows that it is a real monument to the victims of the war. … Read further

Lisse Tulip Fields

From the series “Top 13 Most Colorful and Picturesque Places on the Planet”
The extensive plantations of tulips of different colors grow on the huge surface. For a few months of the year the beautiful flowers color the fields in all rainbow colors. The plantations look particularly beautiful from the bird's perspective. The tulips of different varieties form the specific geometric shapes on the earth and intertwine into a huge abstract drawing. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Rotterdam

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Rotterdam. Learn the best periods to visit Rotterdam to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Rotterdam.
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