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Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour

1. Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour

On this compact and informative 2-hour walking tour your guide will take you to see the most important architectural features of Rotterdam. From the newly built central station you’ll head out to see icons such as the Lijnbaan, the Timmerhuis, and the Markthal. Your guide will show you aspects of the daily life of the city and also tell you about its history. Nearly every building and every corner that you pass has a story to tell! You’ll also be introduced to the riverside area, where you’ll see the new development along the south bank and end by the Erasmus Bridge, the symbol of modern Rotterdam.

Rotterdam: Guided Walking Food Tour

2. Rotterdam: Guided Walking Food Tour

Discover how Rotterdam is an up-and-coming place. The architecture, harbor, art in public spaces, fantastic museums, and many international influences make it an extremely unique city. On top of all that, the food scene is also exploding, and it's about time you got to get a taste of it all. On this food tour you will experience and taste Rotterdam in all its glory. A savvy local guide will tell you wonderful stories about the city, and on the way you will stop many times for a special bite and/or drink. You will of course taste poffertjes, cheese, and bitterballen, but will also get to try a Surinamese chicken curry sandwich, some of the best chips in town, and original Rotterdam-brewed craft beer. As you partake in all this food, you will also get to see and experience the city's architectural, historical, and cultural highlights, as well as its hidden gems. If you are a food lover and want to get to know the city, its history, its products, and its people, look no further than this delicious experience.

Rotterdam: Stadshaven Brewery Tour with Beer Tastings

3. Rotterdam: Stadshaven Brewery Tour with Beer Tastings

See the beer brewing process from up close on this guided tour through the Stadshaven Brewery in Rotterdam, a 100-year-old, fully restored fruit warehouse where approximately 2 million liters of craft beer is brewed annually. Quench your thirst with a beer tasting. Step into what was once the world's largest fruit port in the area and learn about the history of the location and the full story behind the brewery’s contemporary and tough craft beer lines. Learn something new whether you’re an expert or beer newcomer. Hear about the brewery’s goals toward innovation and sustainability and its role in the exciting redevelopment project of Merwe-Vierhavens as a new city district in the making. Discover how the brewery and crew will contribute to the area. Head to a table in the gastropub to enjoy a tasting while your guide gives you more inside info about what you are drinking. Enjoy either 1 beer or soda or 3 beers with snacks, depending on the tour option you choose. 

Rotterdam: Heineken Gebouw Brewery Guided Tour

4. Rotterdam: Heineken Gebouw Brewery Guided Tour

Explore the Heineken Brewery in Rotterdam with a guide and learn the history of this famous company. Discover the tales of this world-renowned brand and find out all about the Brewing process. Afterward, end up in a secret bar for a beer and some snacks. Meet your guide at the brewery and begin your walk through the history of Heineken. Listen to one of the company's former employees and feel the delight of the story of the brewery coming alive. Find out all about the clever marketing strategies of Freddy Heineken and how yeast is created. Once the tour is over, find yourself in a secret bar for a beer and some snacks while looking out over a spectacular view of the city of Rotterdam.

Rotterdam 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

5. Rotterdam 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

Meet your guide by the spectacular new gate of Rotterdam, the recently built Central Station. On this 2-hour walking tour you will be introduced to the history and the character of the port city and the chronology of its post-war reconstruction. Enjoy a walk through the city center and visit architectural icons and national monuments such as the Groothandelsgebouw, the Lijnbaan shopping area, the neo-classical City Hall and the contemporary Timmerhuis. In the stunning new Markthal, or indoor market, you’ll stop for a 10-minute break. Afterwards, your walk continues along the River Maas with amazing views of the Head of South, which is a new development on the south bank. The tour ends at the Erasmus Bridge – the symbol of modern Rotterdam.

Rotterdam: Private Tour with a Local

6. Rotterdam: Private Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Rotterdam from a local eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. You can meet at your hotel or Airbnb accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn all the insider tips, such as the best places to eat and buy groceries, and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to see and do in the city, customized to your interests. By the end of your tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need.

Rotterdam: Exclusive Rooftop Tour with 360˚ Skyline Views

7. Rotterdam: Exclusive Rooftop Tour with 360˚ Skyline Views

Take in panoramic views of Rotterdam on an exclusive rooftop tour. Visit four rooftops that are not usually accessible to the general public and admire the city's stunning skyline. Start inside the Rotterdam Discovery where you'll learn about Rotterdam's history and the reason why the city has more than 18 million m2 of flat rooftops. After approximately 10 minutes you will head to your first rooftop. Situated in a hotel on the Coolsingel, the rooftop gives you a marvelous view over the Coolsingel and the East part of the city center. Learn about the crucial role of multifunctional rooftops and what the city of Rotterdam is doing to develop more rooftops. After a short walk on the Coolsingel, passing the City Hall and Hofplein, you'll visit the second rooftop, the Dakakker. This is a green rooftop that is being used as a vegetable and fruit garden. They also have rooftop buffering water and a small cafe is included on top. The third rooftop is on a magical place right in the middle of the city center opposite the Sint Laurenschurch. Get an amazing 360˚ view of the skyline of Rotterdam, the Laurenschurch, the Markthal, and more. Afterward, your guide will take you along the Markthal, Cube Houses, and Old Harbor to end at the White House. Your last rooftop will be at the White House, once the highest building in Europe. Get an impressive view of the Meuse river, the Erasmus bridge, the Cube houses from the top, and beyond.

Rotterdam: Markthal Tour, Meet & Taste, and Het Witte Huis

8. Rotterdam: Markthal Tour, Meet & Taste, and Het Witte Huis

See and taste the Markthal in an original way with this 1-hour walking tour. Join an enthusiastic guide who will take you to the most interesting parts of the Markthal and explain all about this Rotterdam Foodwalhalla. Be amazed by fun facts you’ve never heard before and get a special look behind the scenes! Your tour will include the Timestairs in the Markthal, a unique architectural structure surrounded by archaeological treasures. Learn all about the elevated walkway and get the best view of the art on the ceiling, a spectacular work full of colors and details called “the Horn of Plenty”.  Finally, you’ll visit the underground Expedition, only accessible to market professionals and their vans. Complete your tour with a “meet and taste” with an entrepreneur on the market floor. Following your tour of the Markthall, visit the rooftop of Het Witte Huis, the Oldest Skyscraper of the world, where you have a fantastic 360º view over the city and you can take the most beautiful pictures.

Rotterdam Private 2-Hour Food Tour with Tastings

9. Rotterdam Private 2-Hour Food Tour with Tastings

This 2-hour tour begins outside Rotterdam’s new central station, where you’ll meet your guide under the Meeting Cloud. The guide will tell you about the history of Rotterdam as you walk past the Groothandelsgebouw, located next to the station. Completed in 1953, it is one of the first major buildings constructed after the bombing of the city in WWII. Walk from there to the famous kruiskade neighborhood, a large multicultural area with shops from all over the world. This is also home to Rotterdam's Chinatown. See many hidden architectural gems and monuments that only locals know about. Your tour continues to Rotterdam's town hall, one of the few buildings that survived the bombing during the war. This is also the area where you’ll stop for your first food tasting. Walk to the market hall and cube houses area. The market hall was opened in 2014 and is one of the most stunning sights in Rotterdam. At the Markthal you’ll enjoy some Dutch food tastings, choosing from the kroket, stroopwafel, Dutch cheese, herring and kibbeling. The tour ends at the new market hall, but before it’s over feel free to ask your guide as many questions as you like!

Rotterdam: the Secrets of Rotterdam Discovery Game

10. Rotterdam: the Secrets of Rotterdam Discovery Game

Discover Rotterdam as never before with this original interactive game experience. Using your cell phone, your challenge will start in front of Central Station. Simply open your e-mail link that will be sent to you after booking and your adventure will begin. Set off to explore Rotterdam as you solve 16 clues, with each correct answer taking you to the next location. As you proceed through the challenge, learn more about the history of the city and the local culture with fun facts. If you need a little helping hand, ask for hints to help you solve the clues. See Rotterdam’s main sights in a different way, wander the center’s hidden spaces, quirky areas and end in a vibrant area filled with cosy bars and restaurants where you’ll be surrounded by locals. If you're looking for a fun way to experience the city, then this is a truly unique opportunity.

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4.3 / 5

based on 254 reviews

This was a fun way to see Rotterdam. Loredana is a local who is passionate about her city. We were able to hear from her perspective about the different sites to see while we stayed in Rotterdam. This is a total different type of tour than one guided by a professional guide. We would do this tour again.

This tour was fantastic! The info, the place, the buildings and the knowledge of our guide was perfect. We had fun. We learned. I took hundreds of photos. Rotterdam is an amazing city and this is a great way to experience it.

It was super interesting! The tour guy was amazing! But the best part was the food and beer! 100% recommend!

very good experience, we learned a lot. On the other hand, no visit in French, therefore taken in English.

Lovely tour, knowledgeable and friendly guide. Great morning