Some of you might have experienced travelling through different cities to push down the budget.
For example, in my case, I traveled with a group of friends to Amsterdam from Madrid. However, since the Madrid-Amsterdam-Madrid tickets were quite expensive, we decided to fly to Rotterdam and afterwards take a train to Amsterdam (this option was cheaper than a direct flight to Amsterdam). We stayed a night in Rotterdam and had around 4 hours to go sightseeing in Rotterdam before catching our train.
We were lucky that we had a friend to show us around the main sights. If you don’t have a friend to show you around, make sure to google the city you’re about to visit and make good use of your time! 😉
Rotterdam was heavily destroyed during World War II, that’s why they built new buildings to replace the old ones. However, as we went walking by the main street, we saw some old buildings standing beside new ones. It was a unique scene to witness.
The market hall was designed by MVRDV architects and is a market surrounded by apartments. It’s a concept of combining living and social activities in the same place. The half-cylindric building stood out as it stands in the middle of a wide field, across an old church/cathedral (was it Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk?).
Near the market hall, we saw two unique buildings. One was an apartment/tower (I don’t know what it was), which reminded me of the Russian movement in modern architecture. The other was a library, with pipes popping outside the buildings in primary colors, creating a very 60s sight.
The main highlight of this short visit was the Kijk-kubus, a series of rotated cubes painted in yellow which serve as living apartments. It was very cubist, very geometric. It was something that I’ve only seen in Art History classes, but never in real life, so seeing this up close felt like being surreal.
Last but not least was the Rotterdam Centraal station. It was a wide building with an open concept, but it created enough warmth inside (this visit was made in December). The main lobby had an open concept and its entrance was shaped like a thorn envolved in corten steel.
The next time you have to make a very short transit in any city, find out about that place and use your time to explore that city. You never know what you might encounter ❤