Thoughts on the Netherlands, part II

1 May

Amsterdam may have been a large and beautiful city, but there are other great places in the Netherlands too. Haarlem was basically a smaller, more laid back neighbor of Amsterdam with a great little history museum and one about Frans Hals. It is 15 minutes away from Amsterdam on the train. The museum I wanted to see in the Hague was closed, but it seemed like a great town too.

But Rotterdam is the non-Amsterdam city that I think deserves the most attention. The architecture is silvery and contemporary and the city is a 21st century European ideal. It is very modern with efficient public transport and some nice green spaces, and is a very cosmopolitan  international town. The architecture institute is definitely worth checking out.

Overall, the Netherlands is one of Europe’s most unique and appreciable countries. One of the things I loved about it was that the Randstad towns were so close together, yet all had their own unique identities.

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