Cultural Walking Tour in Rotterdam

2 hr, 30 min

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Get acquainted with some of the Netherlands' most unique and modern architecture during a 2.5-hour walking tour of Rotterdam. Guided by architects you will visit iconic areas like the postmodern shopping area Lijnbaan, the new OMA building the Timmerhuis, and the one-of-a-kind Markthal. Experience a sample of daily life and learn about the history of a city where every building has a story. Walk along the river Maas and see the new developments on the...
Get acquainted with some of the Netherlands' most unique and modern architecture during a 2.5-hour walking tour of Rotterdam. Guided by architects you will visit iconic areas like the postmodern shopping area Lijnbaan, the new OMA building the Timmerhuis, and the one-of-a-kind Markthal. Experience a sample of daily life and learn about the history of a city where every building has a story. Walk along the river Maas and see the new developments on the south bank before concluding the tour at the symbol of modern Rotterdam — Erasmus bridge.

Our tour is officially in English and Spanish. Dutch and German tour is possible on request.
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Itinerary Details

Itinerary
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Stop At: Rotterdam Centraal Station, Stationssingel 10, 3013 HA Rotterdam The Netherlands

The tour begins by the newly built Central Station of Rotterdam

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Lijnbaan, 3012 Rotterdam The Netherlands

We walk trough the biggest national monumental area - the Lijnbaan

Stop At: Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, Grotekerkplein 27, 3011 GC Rotterdam The Netherlands

By the oldest building of Rotterdam.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Markthal, Dominee Jan Scharpstraat 298, 3011 GZ Rotterdam The Netherlands

Short break by the Markthal

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Erasmus Bridge, Erasmusbrug, 3072 Rotterdam The Netherlands

The tour ends by the icon of modern Rotterdam, the Erasmus Bridge

Duration: 5 minutes

Important Details

Included
  • Local guide
  • Professional architect guide
  • Snacks
Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
Departure Point
Rotterdam Centraal, Stationsplein 2, 3013 AJ Rotterdam, Netherlands
Return Details
Boompjeskade, 3011 XE Rotterdam, Netherlands
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Please dress according to the weather conditions
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

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Based on 4 reviews

Reviewed: January 27, 2020

Angela M

Tania did a great job! She really knows her materials! I. Would definitely tour with her again. She made us forget just how cold it was the day we took her tour in January.


Reviewed: July 11, 2018

Teresa H

We really enjoyed our time with the tour guide. She was smart, very interesting, and personable. We saw a lot of the city and learned about its history and culture. Would gladly take the tour again!


Reviewed: April 9, 2017

Salman Shaban   |   Qatar

I was the solo participant of this tour so i was privileged to get the extra attention with lots of detailed information about the city and its iconic structures. The downside of being a solo tour is that you don't get to meet other tourists from the city. The 2.5 hours walking tour was a great discussion and story telling experience with the guide using history, politics, culture, architecture, engineering and urban designs. The tour started from Central Station and ended at the Erasmus Bridge. In between we covered most of the iconic symbols and structures of the city including Groot Handlesgebouw, Cube House, Pencil Building, Market Hall, Mass River, City Hall, Timmerhuis, Lijnbaan, Lawrence Church and the White House.

The unique thing about this tour was that it was not entirely a commercial tour but rather more of a personalized tour. I liked the fact that the guide went to into details about the structures and the city which i would not know otherwise. For example, she explained importance of some of the sculptures and memorial sites.

It was a sunny day and i wish i had brought with me my sunglasses which would have made the tour more comfortable to my eyes. The tour is long so carry water with you. Most important your phone should be charged fully to capture good photos and videos of the photo spots.

Few suggestions to the tour company for improvement would be:

1. The guide should pre-decide the most special photo spots from the walking tour and make it a point to offer the customer to get their photos taken.
2. The guide should explain what will happen in the tour starting point, ending point etc and throughout the tour the guide should tell us where we are going next and what will happen.
3. The guide should take a minute or two to explain a bit about a particulate event and its significance that is taking place in the city around the same time such as Rotterdam Marathon.


Reviewed: November 6, 2016

John W

We loved this tour with Sonia, a local architect. Sonia greeted us at the Rotterdam train station and showed us around the rebuilt downtown district, explaining as we went interesting points about urban design and the context of rebuilding this major port city after its destruction in WWII. Great tour.