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City Walking Tour of Rotterdam

  • Guide provides insightful commentary shedding light on Rotterdam's lesser-known past
  • Taste local foods such as a stroopwaffel
  • Walk away with a city map and insider tips on where to continue exploring
City Walking Tour of Rotterdam
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A tour of the real and the unreal Rotterdam!
Learn about the lesser-known history of the Rotterdam Blitz, the World War II bombardment, through in-depth commentary from your guide while exploring the city. This alternative tour focuses on some of the less-happy and less-known history of the city that many tours and guide books skip over, giving insight into the city's past and how it has affected the city today. Highlights visited include City Hall, the Cube Houses, and Market Hall, as well as a few food stops.
What to Expect

Welcome to the real and unreal Rotterdam experience!

Start off your tour with a walk through Chinatown where you will meet one of the tallest Dutch men to ever live in 1950s, and once the tallest person alive in the world! On the way to the Central Station you will hear even more unusual city anecdotes about the old and the current zoo in Rotterdam.

Learn how modern and efficient the city centre had been reconstructed after WWII by visiting the new central district established in the 1950s. You will also gain a bit of insight about the problems Rotterdam faced when it grew from 1872 to 1960s to be the largest port in the world for almost 40 years afterwards.

Walk through formerly squatted buildings where a small nightlife district was established a few years ago, along with some tourism and architecture companies. You will literally walk through the buildings thanks to the new 390 meter-long Pedestrian bridge inspired by New York's High-line and discover how it helped to rejuvenate and reintegrate one of the formerly forgotten areas of the city

Contrast the modern with the old architecture by passing through the famous street where “the past, the present and the future meet”. The area thanks its name to a cluster of various buildings, almost a 100-year old City Hall which survived the bombardment, a reconstruction of a former carpentry house and even the Timmerhuis, one of the most modern and sustainable buildings in the country.

Walk along the Binnenrotte to the Market and the Cube Houses. A historic area where 'Rotte-dam' was established as a fisherman's village from 1270. On Saturday's there will be an outdoor market there. The tours will finish between the Cube Houses and the Markthal so that you will see the most usual and eclectic architecture of Rotterdam and get the best recommendations on what to eat in the market after your tour!

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1 - 5 of 33 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A good starting point!

I did the tour the day after my arrival in Rotterdam and it really helped me to visualize the city and learn about its history. Frank is very friendly and makes the tour interesting by giving some general information and also sharing funny anecdotes about...More

Thank Miriam B
Reviewed 11 June 2018
Original and friendly

Frank is really nice and talkative, he gave us nice and unusual information about the city, I had a great moment

Thank soniamhi
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile
Street art tour

Frank’s tour was lots of fun and covered a sizeable area. Frank is knowledgeable and informative and had a lot of background story to the artwork we saw. It could be a bit strenuous for someone expecting a leisurely walk, but I’m sure Frank could...More

1  Thank pegstrom
Reviewed 20 May 2018
Highly recommended

Frank knows pretty well the city, and also has a great sense of humour. In the tour you will learn about the city history, the best places to have coffee/lunch, and many fun facts about Dutch way of life too. Highly recommended!

Thank Gonzalo-Col
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile
Interesting tour!

Frank was a great tour guide and told us not only the history of Rotterdam but also fun interesting facts you wouldn’t typically learn in a museum or history book! Great way to explore Rotterdam.

Thank Leeann S
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