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.
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.