Admire the world famous City Hall of Hilversum, created by Willem Marinus Dudok. Visit the residential areas and public buildings Dudok designed as the architect of this energetic, expanding city. And, include the Sanatorium Zonnestraal designed by the young architect Jan Duiker. The complex is now nominated for the World Heritage List.
Dutch architecture today is one of the country’s most successful exports, with names such as Rem Koolhaas and Lars Spuybroek popping up on blueprints from Beijing to Seattle. Rotterdam is considered the architecture capital of the Netherlands. A city rebuilt from the ashes after a devastating bombardment during WW2.
When you think about Amsterdam, the city center is identified by its famous ring of canals dating from the 17th century. Bordering the center is the Singelgracht canal where a number of important monuments collectively tell the story of Amsterdam’s Second Golden Age, the period of growth which began after the opening of the North Sea Canal in 1876.