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Although you wouldn't say so when walking in this town, Rotterdam is an old city. It got it's name of its situation on the small river Rotte where people made a dam. The place has even older city rights than its rival city Amsterdam. Count William III granted the place in 1328. About 30 years later the city got walls of which you still can see a part hanging on the roof of the underground train station Blaak. The oldest big building is the Laurenskerk, for a part surviving world war II. On May 14th 1940 the Germans bombed the entire city heart. This is why the city looks modern. On the other hand, architects often get free hand to create the most interesting buildings. Here you find creations of among others Piet Blom and Rem Koolhaas (O.M.A.). At the moment the enormous rebuilding project of the train station is getting to the finishing touch.
In 2000 Rotterdam was not only cultural capital of Europe, but also the centre of football with the finals of the European Championship. Italy won the final in De Kuip, home stadium of Feyenoord (worldchampion 1970). Rotterdam is a cultural city. Most famous musea Boymans - Van Beuningen and the Kunsthal. There are yearly great festivals like Summer carnival and the Dance Parade. Rotterdam marathon once had the world record.
First of all, Rotterdam is famous because of its huge port. You can have a (day) trip by boat on the Spido, most interesting!