Its cutting-edge architecture and bustling nabes make it a prime choice for the urbanite expat.
However, typical Dutch neighbourhoods do still exist among the skyscrapers and chain store shopping streets, making Rotterdam an attractive option for those seeking a mix of big-city living and traditional.
A warren of picturesque canals, cosy bruin cafés and hip boutiques makes up the charming Jordaan.
Quintessential Dutch homes with narrow frames and precariously crooked facades add to the character of this fairy-tale quarter.
The oude centrum, “old centre,” of The Hague bears the august medieval Dutch parliament (Binnenhof) that doubly serves as a beautiful public passageway, the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, and the Noordeinde Palace of the Dutch royal family, where King Willem-Alexander tends to his duties.
Posh Noordeinde extends to the Hofkwartier, a quaint neighbourhood of specialty shops, salons, art galleries and high-end boutiques.
For expats looking to continue a cushy lifestyle abroad, “Old South” is a fine choice.
For those with families, Oud-Zuid is a convenient neighbourhood to settle down in, as international schools are aplenty.Sleek high-rises and cube-shaped residences intermingle with buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries in central Rotterdam.Yet another area of opposites is the beautiful Kralingen-Crooswijk where the affluent and less fortunate live side by side.Properties in the nearby Haagse Hout district (Benoordenhout, Mariahoeve, Marlot and Bezuidenhout) may be more attractive in terms of price and continue to remain popular among expats.Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands (after Amsterdam, before Den Haag) and, due to WWII, undoubtedly the most modern.The British School of Amsterdam, the Amsterdam International Community School (AICS), and Lycée Vincent Van Gogh are among the numerous educational options in the area.