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Port of Rotterdam

Port of Rotterdam: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rotterdam Harbor Tour

1. Rotterdam Harbor Tour

Explore one of the world's most innovative ports on this 75-minute tour. See the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships, and admire Rotterdam's impressive skyline as its imposing buildings glide by. Get a unique perspective of the harbor's shipyards, docks and the hypermodern transshipping of thousands of containers. Last but not least, the tour will end with views of the steamship 'Rotterdam', the former cruise flagship of shipping company Holland America Line.

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise on a Historic Ship

2. Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise on a Historic Ship

The captain welcomes you on board for an extended cruise through the ports where cargo giants, ferries, cruise ships, and tugboats are home. Experience the activity on the Maas and see the modern architecture from the other side. The best way to discover Rotterdam. Along the way see the Erasmus Bridge, Veerhaven, Parkhaven, Euromast, Schiedam, Waalhaven, the former R(otterdam) D(roogdok) M(aatschappij), Eemhaven, ss Rotterdam, and the old hotel New York. During the tour, the audiovisual guide provides information about all the sights in Dutch, English, and German. The Dutch explanation is especially in the Rotterdam dialect, so you also learn the words of Rotterdam. Find a place inside the cozy salon or sit on the sun deck. Onboard is a bar where drinks and snacks are available.

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise with Live Guide & Optional Coffee

3. Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise with Live Guide & Optional Coffee

Relax and see Rotterdam's most spectacular landmarks as you sail down the Maas River on a round trip boat cruise with live commentary and a bar with drinks and snacks. Find a place inside the cozy salon or sit on the open deck. Start your cruise from the Parkhaven under the Euromast. The boat will pass by the Sint Jobshaven, the Waalhaven, and the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, home to Onderzeebootloods. Spot the container ships if you are lucky. See the famous cruise ship SS Rotterdam and the Hotel New York where the Holland America Line used to be housed. Enjoy the skyline of downtown Rotterdam, as you approach one of the most famous city landmarks, the Erasmus bridge.

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise and Euromast Entry Ticket

4. Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise and Euromast Entry Ticket

Relax and see Rotterdam's most spectacular landmarks as you sail down the Maas River on a harbor round cruise with live commentary and a bar with drinks and snacks. Find a place inside the cozy salon or sit on the open deck. Start your cruise from the Parkhaven under the Euromast. Pass by the Sint Jobshaven, the Waalhaven, and the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, home to Onderzeebootloods. Keep an eye out for the massive container ships. See the famous cruise ship SS Rotterdam and Hotel New York. Enjoy the skyline of downtown Rotterdam as you approach one of the most famous city landmarks, the Erasmus bridge. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Rotterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the cruise, receive your ticket to visit the Euromast. Make your way up the glass elevator of the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and enjoy breathing panoramic views from 185 meters up in the air.

Rotterdam: RIB Speedboat Sightseeing Cruise

5. Rotterdam: RIB Speedboat Sightseeing Cruise

Feast your eyes from the center of Rotterdam all the way to Schiedam on a thrilling sightseeing cruise aboard a RIB speedboat. Enjoy views of Euromast, Hotel New York, SS Rotterdam, and more as you travel at top speed over the famous Maas River. After boarding the speedboat, dash off on your sightseeing tour. See the old part of Rotterdam, Delfshaven, and take in the city's landmarks as you zoom by. Admire the former steamship SS Rotterdam, the mesmerizing city skyline, and the impressive bridges. Head all the way to the gin city of Schiedam before making the return trip through the old city ports of Rotterdam. Listen to fun facts and information about the places you see from the skipper and feel free to ask any questions. Enjoy a guilt-free experience as the carbon footprint of your speedboat tour will be compensated by Trees for All.

Rotterdam: City Highlights RIB Boat Experience

6. Rotterdam: City Highlights RIB Boat Experience

Take a chance to see more of Rotterdam in a unique way. Admire the best sights on this fantastic skyline and visit the ports. Race at top speeds, feel the breeze, visit Parkhaven to Koningshaven, and much more. Arrive at Euromast for your departure and learn the safety procedures from the captain. Jump into a RIB speedboat and begin the adventure of sightseeing in Rotterdam. Head towards Schiedam at high speeds and gain insight into the industrial side of the city. Go from Oarkhaven to Koningshaven, from Erasmus Bridge to the Botlek. Get adventurous and meet all the ports of this famous place.

Rotterdam Walking Tour and Harbor Cruise

7. Rotterdam Walking Tour and Harbor Cruise

Your morning or afternoon in Rotterdam will start at your hotel, (river)cruise ship or if you travel to Rotterdam from elsewhere at the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. Enjoy a 3-hour private walking tour of the beautiful city of Rotterdam and discover how the destruction of World War II led to an intensive rebuilding process and to Rotterdam becoming one of the most daring examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands. See one of the most fascinating projects in post-war Rotterdam, the captivating cubic houses of famed architect Blom. Blom considered his designs as an abstract tree and the entire 38-cube complex as a dense urban forest, and his imaginative architectural approach is one of the highlights of this tour. Continue your walk through Rotterdam's old harbor and pass the central shopping area. A part of the shopping area is below ground and was nicknamed ‘the sales gutter”. See the few historic building that survived the war: the post office, townhall and Laurens Church. Another highlight is the impressive Market hall, which is the first covered market in the Netherlands. It is a place where good food and unique housing are harmoniously combined in a spectacular arch. This iconic fresh market opened for business on 1 October 2014, after five years of construction. Come and see yourself why Rotterdam has been chosen in 2015 by Lonely Planet as one of the must-see places in the world. After a few hours of walking and exploring, relax yourself on a cruise ship as your enjoy a 75-minute cruise along the lovely Rotterdam harbor.

Rotterdam: Modern City Center Exploration Game

8. Rotterdam: Modern City Center Exploration Game

Immerse yourself in a city exploration game and follow clues to discover hidden secrets and amazing spots in the city of Rotterdam. Walk across the city’s iconic bridges and hear the story of the many Europeans who traveled through Rotterdam to New York. Play the game by solving each piece of the puzzle on your smartphone, guess the answer to unlock the story of each secret place. Untangle the past and learn about Rotterdam’s rapid architectural transformation after the Second World War. Explore the city and be given exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Play offline as you don't need an internet connection to play the game. Enjoy as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or split into smaller teams and compete against each other. Go at your own pace as there is no time limit, the game however can be completed in 1.5 hours. Play without a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague and 1 Attraction

9. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague and 1 Attraction

Discover the best of the Netherlands on this all-encompassing tour. Departing from Amsterdam, head to Rotterdam, the Netherlands' 2nd largest city, where you will enjoy a quick city tour before heading to Spido for a 75-minute boat tour, the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. Admire Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise, continue your tour with stops at the famous Market Hall and Cube Houses. Next stop is the picturesque city of Delft. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center, packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the town hall. Afterward, pay a visit to a factory specializing in the coveted handmade Delft Blue pottery before swinging by The Hague for a city tour. See the home of the Dutch government and royal family, as well as the headquarters of several international organizations and embassies before beginning the journey back to Amsterdam.  On the way back to the capital, stop at the nearby Madurodam, an outdoor park featuring miniature replicas of the Netherlands’ most famed locations. See the Rijksmuseum, the Binnenhof, Amsterdam Airport, the Port of Rotterdam, traditional Dutch canal houses and windmills, all on a miniature scale. Finally, finish your day with a choice of 2 attractions. Either enjoy the ultimate 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside without leaving the city, or, sit back and relax on a canal cruise and admire Amsterdam's most famous attractions from the canalside.

From Amsterdam: Dutch Coastline Bike Tour

10. From Amsterdam: Dutch Coastline Bike Tour

Feel like a local as you explore the Netherlands' most important highlights on this guided bike tour. Meet your guide at Amsterdam Central Station and hop on the train to The Hague, where your tour begins. Cycle past the city's many royal buildings, including Noordeinde Palace and the Palace Gardens, as well as Binnenhof, where you will learn about the country's political past. At the Peace Palace, learn about the history and development of European peace. From The Hague, cycle along the coast through the Hollandse Duinen National Park and pass through the Hook of Holland, the country's most southwestern point. From there, board the ferry to Rotterdam and experience the hustle and bustle of this iconic port. Afterward, follow the cruise ships and container ships along the coast to the Maeslantkering storm surge barrier. Pay a visit to the Maeslantkering visitor museum and learn how this feat of hydraulic engineering works. Finally, arrive in Westland, also known as the vegetable garden of the Netherlands. Admire the vast amount of greenhouses in the city and visit the Westlands Museum to learn more about the history of vegetable and flower production. After your visit to the museum, hop on the train back to Amsterdam.

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What people are saying about Port of Rotterdam

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4.3 / 5

based on 1,876 reviews

I imagined a boat similar to the ones that do this type of tour in Amsterdam, I found a bigger boat with its own bar inside in case I wanted to order a drink. I was really pleasantly surprised

Interesting experience! I was impressed by the size of the harbor even though we could only see a small part. Organization was very good. Great facilities for wheelchair users

Great way to get to know the biggest port in Europe. A must do activity if you are in Rotterdam!

Wonderful boat trip through the port of Rotterdam. Nice personel. Informative.

We visited as a family of 4 and we enjoyed every second of the trip