Train Rotterdam → Antwerp
Duration 32 - From $20
Holland’s jazzed up port city Rotterdam, until recently, was the world's largest port. This seaside location helped to grow the city into the largest economic center in the Netherlands at the turn of the twentieth century. Bombing ripped out the heart of the city during WWII, and instead of aiming to rebuild what was lost as many other leveled cities have done, the city council took the opportunity to create a new and better city instead. Although close to 50% of the population of Rotterdam today is not native to the Netherlands, you can still find a "can do" mentality in its people. This thrust toward modernity is on display in the architecture around the city. The Kijk-Kubis – or Museum House, is a fully furnished showcase house among an unusual collection of cube-shaped homes. The interior was specially developed to give visitors an impression of how it's possible to live in a cube house with sloping walls. The Kunsthal Rotterdam is designed by famed avant-garde architect (and native son) Rem Koolhaas. The building is as much the destination as what's housed inside. The museum stages some 25 exhibitions a year in a wide range of disciplines : new art, design, photography, and frequently experiments with themes never seen before. Like lingerie. For aural art, the annual North Sea Jazz Festival is held every second week of July. Founded by a wealthy businessman and jazz lover, the fest began in 1976 and was an immediate success. The event has grown to 15 stages, 1200 artists and nearly 25,000 visitors a day, and is known for the many musical styles it presents : from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk and soul. Past performers include Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. Learn more about Rotterdam
Voluptuous, fashionable and sparkling Antwerp is multi-faceted, with sparkling architecture and flawless art. A perfect metaphor for the city that trades nearly 70% of the world's diamonds. Antwerp has a long history of trading nearly…everything. Its well-located port allowed the city to become a strategic marketplace. During the 15th and 16th centuries, also known as the Age of Exploration, Antwerp was a world economic power and a center of sophistication. And although politics have played a part in this downfall of their global status, the port is still the largest in Europe, and the 5th largest in the world. Antwerp's financial riches may have dwindled, but culturally, the city has a wealth to offer. In the 16th century, the city was known for the "Antwerp School" – a term for the artists living in this part of the low Countries. The 17th century is when Antwerp became an artistic stronghold of the Flemish Masters, including Jordaens, Van Dyck and most notably, Rubens. The artists developed a style that combined northern detail and atmosphere with Italian style and flair. Rubens remains Antwerp's most illustrious citizen and his life and work is central to the city. Learn more about Antwerp
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"Great and comfortable "
"The trains are on time. Use the code on the ticket can pass the gate of Rotterdam. "