Trains in the Netherlands are an efficient way to travel, with NS offering a number of international and domestic train routes. Trains to Rotterdam arrive at Rotterdam Centraal Station, a new complex located at Station Square in the center of the city. Trains to Rotterdam include Thalys high-speed services to Antwerp, Brussels and Paris, as well as Intercity trains to towns, such as The Hague, Utrecht, Amsterdam and Gouda, as well as the rest of the Netherlands. The Intercity Direct is another high-speed route, serving Breda, Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport. Sprinter commuter trains also run to different districts of Rotterdam. Rotterdam Centraal Station has good local transport links with the rest of the city through frequent bus routes, Metro lines D and E, and all tram lines. Car rental and taxis are available at the station.
Rotterdam is located to the West of the country and is the second largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam. The city is based around one of the largest ports in the world, and is full of architecture that covers every design period of the 20th century. Like all of the Netherlands, Rotterdam has a high rainfall, but Spring and Summer are pleasant times to visit. A popular destination in Rotterdam, with both visitors and locals, is the Markthal. This striking example of modern Dutch architecture is a large indoor market, that also contains a food court with specialist shops and restaurants. Rotterdam has seven of its original windmills left, some of which are open to visitors, giving a fascinating insight into their original roles, not just of milling wheat into flour, but also of grinding tobacco into snuff and spices. Other attractions are Railz MiniWorld, City Hall, the Natural History Museum and the Maritime Museum based in the Old Harbour. It is also possible to explore the dock areas by boat.