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Rotterdam is also renowned for its architecture. The city is littered iconic structures, one of which is the Van Nelle factory. This building been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2014.

“The Van Nelle factory meant light, air and space were given new meaning in architecture.”

Constructed between 1927 and 1930, the Van Nelle factory is the textbook example of the Modern Movement. Its design is progressive, embracing light, air and space as part of its architecture. Tobacco, coffee and tea were produced there until 1995. In 2000, the building was renovated and has since housed small media and design companies. You can visit ‘Mooi Nel’ (Lovely Nel), as it is known locally, on an Urban Guides tour. 

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Besides the Van Nelle factory, Rotterdam is home to many more architectural gems such as the Cube Houses, the Bergpolderflat (the first block of gallery flats in the Netherlands), the Erasmus Bridge, Centraal Station and the Markthal.

  Van Nelle-fabriek
Address: Van Nelleweg 1, Rotterdam
Open: tours on Saturdays & Sundays, start at noon
Admission: €16 per person
Online: http://www.urbanguides.nl

Van Nelle-fabriek