Image: Scott Roane
The Wow: Noord has been a significant, if less than salubrious, part of the city since the late 14th century. Between then and the 19th century, its dubious twin claims to fame were as the public gallows and the tolling station. The area’s reputation of grime and criminality, and its sense of isolation, have taken many years to shake off.
Why Now? Nowadays however, its location and broad spectacular river frontage are being pitched as tourism bonuses. And with its impressive industrial heritage and historical buildings, it is experiencing a well-deserved urban makeover that’s sure to bring in even more visitors.