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Days 5-6
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Flatted by Nazi bombing in 1940, Rotterdam today is an edgy mix of workers, artists, and bohemians living the good life. It makes for lovely street life to compliment the interesting new architecture and music that drives the city's nightlife.
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  • Museums
  • History

Experiences

  • Museum Boijmans van Beuningen has plenty of old Dutch Masters on offer, and new ones too, with paintings by Bruegel the Elder and Mondrian. It also hosts the world's largest collection of drawings.
  • Delfshaven is the last remaining nook of Rotterdam, now brimming with trendy galleries and cafes. It's great for an afternoon walk.

Festivals

  • The Heineken Jazz Festival comes to town in August.

Side Trips

  • Brielle, 14 mi/23 km to the west, is a historic seaside town with narrow streets and grassy fortifications.
  • Dordrecht, 14 mi/23 km southeast, is the oldest town in Zuid Holland.

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