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.
Amsterdam is a beautiful and dynamic city. Over the past decades it has attracted tourists from all over the world. Recently, the city has been gradually encompassing Amsterdam Noord, the Northern part of the city, separated by water; Het IJ. Long ago, this was the district where criminals and villains were exiled and hanged. Those days are behind us, and seeing the area from this side of the water gives you a fresh and interesting view of the central city.
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.