Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The world's largest port of Rotterdam is the perfect starting point for excursions to the cities of Holland. Few cities rebounded as quickly as Rotterdam following the Nazi invasion, which leveled the medieval heart of town, burning down most of it. Today, some of Europe's most bold contemporary architecture can be found amid classic 18th- and 19th-century buildings in this gateway to the Netherlands.
Just outside Rotterdam, discover the city of Gouda, known the world over for its delicious cheese. Encased in its signature bright red packaging, this exquisite cheese makes for a delicious snack during an afternoon of sightseeing.
Aalsmeer Flower Auction
A short distance outside of Amsterdam lies the world's largest flower auction where wholesalers and exporters from around the world buy and sell over 20 million flowers and plants each day. From the world's largest commercial building, goods are shipped within hours worldwide.
In the nearby river town of Delft is the Royal Delft Factory, the makers of the blue-and-white earthenware that is a hallmark of Dutch design. Watch as artisans work at a 400-year old tradition. Pieces are sold on the premises.
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