Explore Rotterdam’s history and architecture on private walking tour

Explore Rotterdam’s history and architecture on private walking tour

Rotterdam is a museum of Modern Architecture under the open sky. The world's largest port survived almost complete destruction in 1940. Subsequently, Rotterdam became a platform for various architectural experiments, and the first skyscraper in Europe appeared in this city. On this private walking tour of Rotterdam, you will learn about the city's unique architecture, explore Rotterdam's amazing architecture and see building such as Markthal (marketplace of Rotterdam), Rotterdam Central Station, the famous cube houses of Rotterdam and much more!

Meet your guide at Cruise Port Terminal, Hotel in Rotterdam city center or Central Station.

The walking tour will include the Central Railway Station, Cubic Houses, Market Hall, The Rotterdam by Rem Koolhaas, Witte Huis (Europe’s oldest high rise from 1898), Erasmus Bridge and much more.

Tour ends at Cruise Port or at some other point in the city you prefer.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Kijk-Kubus, Overblaak 70, 3011 MH Rotterdam The Netherlands

The Cube Houses (Piet Blom, 1978-1984) are part of the Blaakse Bos (Blaakse Wood) development which borders on the Laurenskwartier district and the Waterfront area. The architect wanted to design a kind of village within the city and saw the houses as trees and the whole area as a wood. The Cube Houses are tipped to one side as it were, making three sides face the ground and three face the sky. Don't forget to visit the Kijk-Kubus (Show-Cube) to experience what life is like in a Cube House.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: De Rotterdam, Wilhelminakade 177, 3072 AP Rotterdam The Netherlands

De Rotterdam is a building on the Wilhelminapier in Rotterdam, designed by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1998. The complex is located between the KPN Tower and Rotterdam Cruise Terminal and was finalized at the end of 2013.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Erasmus Bridge, Erasmusbrug, 3011 Rotterdam The Netherlands

The 800-metre long Erasmus Bridge (Ben van Berkel, 1996) spans the Nieuwe Maas River and links the northern and southern parts of Rotterdam. The bridge is part of the redevelopment of an old port area and was specifically designed to be an iconic structure to give the area a strong presence. The suspension bridge has a 139-metre high steel pylon which is secured with 40 cables. The shape of the pylon gave the bridge its nickname: The Swan.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Euromast Tower, Parkhaven 20, 3016 GM Rotterdam The Netherlands

The Euromast observation tower was built to mark the Floriade gardening extravaganza in 1960. The tower, made from reinforced concrete, has an inner diameter of 9 metres with walls that are 30 cm thick. Its floor hangs 96 metres above the ground. The Euromast lift takes just 30 seconds to whisk visitors to a height of 100 metres, where there is an observation deck and brasserie restaurant. The Euroscope revolving lift takes people up to 185 metres. Euromast is Europe’s only attraction from which you can abseil to the ground. Of course, this only takes place under the guidance of a professional.

Duration: 15 minutes

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

The ‘St. Laurenskerk’ or Great Church of Rotterdam is the only remaining medieval structure in Rotterdam. During the bombings of 1940, the church was severely damaged. In 1952, the people of Rotterdam decided to restore the church to its former grandeur.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Delfshaven, Rotterdam The Netherlands

This picturesque yacht marina is one of the few parts of the old city that survived the 1940 bombardment of Rotterdam. It has a remarkable history, both as the departure point from which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed for America and as the birthplace of prominent Dutch maritime hero Piet Hein. Delfshaven locals once earned their living by fishing for herring and distilling gin. The historic canal houses now hold cosy shops selling antiques and bric-a-brac, as well as lovely cafés and restaurants like brewery De Pelgrim and café De Oude Sluis (with waterside patio dining).

Duration: 30 minutes

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

You’ll find an indoor market hall in various world-class cities, but the combination with luxury housing makes Rotterdam’s Markthal the first of its kind. The apartments are arched over the food market in a horseshoe configuration. The main hall houses the market itself, as well as shops and various restaurants, with a supermarket and a four-storey car park situated below. As you wander amongst the market stands, look up to enjoy the massive artwork sprawled across the ceiling: the ‘Horn of Plenty’ by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam.

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Rotterdam Central Station is one of the most iconic architectural sites in Rotterdam. The roof over the tracks is covered in solar panels and the striking hall roof points towards the city centre. A number of historic elements from the former station building (1957) by Sybold van Ravesteyn have been re-used, like the original clock in the front façade and the letters spelling out ‘Centraal Station’. In the main hall you can find several shops, information about public transport and the Rotterdam Tourist Information.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Witte de Withstraat, 3012 BT Rotterdam The Netherlands

The ultimate arts and culture street in Rotterdam is known for its artistic, multicultural and lively character. Referred to as the city’s ‘Axis of Art’, it runs from the Maritime Museum to the Museumpark and is lined with galleries, avant-garde fashion boutiques, restaurants, and (art) cafés.

Duration: 30 minutes



Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Face masks provided for travelers"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Social distancing enforced throughout experience"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Regular temperature checks for staff"
"Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms"
"Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons"



Duration: 4 Hours
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, Wilhelminakade 699, 3072 AP Rotterdam, Netherlands



Cancellations and refunds: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Included

  • Professional licensed guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off
  • All fees and taxes

Not Included

  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Euromast Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk
  • Entry/Admission - Markthal

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