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Is Rotterdam a ‘Must’?

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People travel for different reasons and personally, I simply like pretty-looking destinations (like Amsterdam) and of course, good-ambiance. I’ve haven’t been to Rotterdam. My understanding is that it wasn’t restored after World War II but rather got a futuristic-style makeover. Sometimes cities can look attractive like that, like Canada’s Toronto and even Germany’s Hamburg. However, most of the time, such cities just aren’t particularly attractive (at least for the casual stroller).

Long story short, for tourists like me who simply want to visit the Netherlands’ highlights, would you recommend Rotterdam or would you say that relatively large and economically important Rotterdam has a pleasant enough vibe but ultimately is nothing much of a ‘must-see’? On a side note, how long is the train ride from Rotterdam to Alkmaar? On that note, is Alkmaar around as attractive as Leiden and Delft (I really liked those 2 towns)?

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