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London City Airport: The Netherlands' beautiful 'second capital' just one hour from London with the country's largest fireworks display

MyLondon logo MyLondon 25/11/2021 Lea Dzifa Seeberg

London's New Year's Eve fireworks have been cancelled for the second year in a row.

But fear not, loads of other European cities are still hosting New Year's extravaganzas.

So if you need your firework fix, book a holiday to this stunning city this December.

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Rotterdam is known as the Netherlands' 'second capital' and has a population of roughly 600,000.

It's famed for its modernity, not to mention its huge fireworks display.

And there's plenty on offer in the city.

Travellers can make their first stop the Markthal, a covered market building that boasts the world's largest art piece.

The Markthal is one of the city's most impressive buildings © Allan Baxter/Getty Images The Markthal is one of the city's most impressive buildings

The structure itself is impressive and upon entering the hall you'll be confronted with a huge array of options.

From fresh produce and cooking equipment to street food stalls and sit down restaurants, there's something for everyone.

One TripAdvisor reviewer said the building was "unique and beautiful inside and out" while another praised the "breath taking" building with "delicious" food.

For more impressive architecture, head to Rotterdam central station.

Rotterdam central station is striking © CHUNYIP WONG/Getty Images Rotterdam central station is striking

While a train station might not be on everyone's must-see list when visiting a new place, this one should be.


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It provides great photo opportunities for any architecture nerds and reviewers say it's "a beautiful modern train station with functional interior. A great feat of engineering and architecture that its worth to take a look at."

And don't forget to visit the Erasmus bridge.

It's considered more a work of art than a bridge, and its distinct harp shape makes it easy to see why.

The Erasmus bridge is shaped like a harp © Aulia Ali / EyeEm/Getty Images The Erasmus bridge is shaped like a harp

The bridge has a "modern and imposing allure" and travellers recommend seeing it lit up at night.

The bridge is also the spot from which the Netherlands' legendary fireworks are launched every New Year's Eve.

They're the biggest in the country and are sure to start your year with a bang.

Don't forget to fuel up while you're exploring.

New Year's Eve is a sight to behold in Rotterdam © Caroline Peters / EyeEm/Getty Images New Year's Eve is a sight to behold in Rotterdam

Head to Vader Kleinjan Cafe for a view of the city's bridges and classic Dutch food.

They've got flamkuchen, bitterballen and lots and lots to drink.

"Great place, delicious food and very friendly staff," said one reviewer.

Another added they "will always recommend this place to anyone!"

And for a place to stay, look no further than The Slaak Rotterdam, the highest rated in the city.

Previous guests say it's "amazingly comfortable" and thanked the staff for their "kind hospitality".

How to get there

From London City Airport, flights to Rotterdam take only one hour.

There's a bus from the airport to the city centre that takes only 20 minutes, or you could take a taxi for less than ten minutes.

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