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Markthal: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

1. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

See the best of Holland on a day-long tour that includes a visit to Rotterdam, and the old port with its charming yellow houses. Take a river cruise, visit the food market, stop in Delft and tour The Hague. Begin your tour with a drive to Rotterdam, famous for its modern architecture. During the city tour, drive along the banks of the river Maas, to the old port and the remarkable yellow cube houses. Embark on an amazing 1-hour river cruise and then visit the famous food market. Continue on to Delft for lunch (not included) and a visit to the Royal Delft Manufactory, the last remaining Dutch ceramic factory from the 17th century. Take a city tour of The Hague, where you will see the beautiful Houses of Parliament, the working palace of the Dutch king, and the Peace Palace. The last stop, before heading back to Amsterdam, will be at the miniature town Madurodam.

Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

2. Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

See Rotterdam from a local perspective, traveling the cycle friendly streets by bike. Join an enthusiastic guide on a tour of Rotterdam’s old and new landmarks, and learn practically everything you need to know about the city and why it is so unique. Available as a group or private option, all tours start from the striking new Rotterdam Centraal Station, completed in 2014 after a decade-long reconstruction. See the imposing City Hall (Stadhuis), and the dramatic new Markthal (Market Hall). Go into the Kop van Zuid district on the south bank of the Nieuwe Maas. Marvel at some of the new developments of the old port area, along with landmark buildings such as the Hotel New York in the former headquarters of Holland America. Admire the Erasmusbridge that connects the north and south of the city, cycle through 2 beautiful parks, and pass some of the city’s most important museums. Stop for a coffee break at a unique location. Get a better idea of the layout of the city, improving your experience when walking or cycling here during the rest of your stay.

Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour

3. 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 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

4. 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.

From Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague

5. From Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague

Your tour begins as you depart from Amsterdam on your bus and head to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and is quite famous for its architecture and commercial harbor. See Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise, continue your city tour, which includes a stop at the famous Market hall and Cube Houses.  Then, head to the picturesque city of Delft, the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Known as the Princes’ City, it is also where countless members of the Dutch royal family have been buried for centuries. Enjoy some free time for lunch (not included) and discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center. It is packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. Visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, which has been the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century.  Make your way to The Hague for a city tour. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family and is the third-largest city in the country. See The Hague, where most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located, as well as 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Stop and take pictures at the Peace Palace, the Mauritshuis (featuring work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol), and the Binnenhof (the meeting place of the Dutch government). Finally, choose to add a scenic canal cruise in Amsterdam and see some of the city's top sights including canal houses from the Golden Age, the Westerkerk, and the Anne Frank House.

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

6. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

Depart Amsterdam and journey by bus to explore the seat of power in the Netherlands in the elegant city of The Hague, where highlights include the royal Noordeinde Palace and the government buildings of the Binnenhof. Continue to the Mauritshuis Museum, where art by Rembrandt and Vermeer is on display and then see the headquarters of the International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace. You then journey to Rotterdam, known for its innovative architecture. On arrival, look at The Man without a Heart sculpture by Ossip Zadkine, built to reflect on the destruction of the city during World War II. See the only medieval building still standing in the city, admire the interesting Cube Houses by Piet Blom and go to the old port area of Oude Haven. Marvel at the food on display in the historic Markthal and stroll along the banks of the River Meuse to get a panoramic view of the city's skyscrapers. Get some free time in Rotterdam for lunch and before making your way back to Amsterdam.

Rotterdam: De Rotterdam, Cube Houses, Watertaxi and Markthal

7. Rotterdam: De Rotterdam, Cube Houses, Watertaxi and Markthal

Join an enthusiastic tour guide who will tell you all about the places visited and their unique stories. The tour starts in Katendrecht, from where you explore Fenix 1 and Deliplein. Then, walk over the Wilhelminapier, where you can admire views of the city's skyline. Cross the river with a water taxi, passing under the de Erasmusbrug Bridge. The water taxi brings you to the old harbor, where you will start a guided walk around the spot where Rotterdam originated. Here you will visit the rooftop of Het Witte Huis, the oldest skyscraper in the world, where you have an amazing 360-degree view over the city. Next, see the famous Cube Houses, before visiting the Markthal. Here, the tour guide will tell you about the archaeological treasures found right at this spot. Experience the elevated walkway with the best view of the art ceiling, see the Horn of Plenty, and join a "meet and taste" with an entrepreneur who will treat you to a small bite to eat.

Rotterdam: 75-Minute Segway Tour

8. Rotterdam: 75-Minute Segway Tour

Discover the best of Rotterdam on a guided Segway tour. Navigate the charming streets of Scheepvaartkwartier, and enjoy insightful commentary from your local guide. Before the tour starts, get kitted out with the necessary equipment and get a quick safety briefing on how to use the vehicles. After 15 minutes, set out on your journey of exploration. Start at the monumental Park near the Euromast. Here, get used to riding your Segway and admire the beauty of the park. Later, glide through the Scheepvaartkwartier and admire the area's old buildings. From the Scheepvaartkwartier, head into Rotterdam city center and ride along the iconic Erasmusbrug as you discover the contrasts between the old buildings and modern architecture.

Rotterdam Highlights Bike Tour - Small Group

9. Rotterdam Highlights Bike Tour - Small Group

Experience Rotterdam like a local on a small group bike tour (max 12 persons) of the city’s sights and hidden treasures. The best spots are spread out across town and can be difficult to discover on your own. Enjoy an all-Dutch cycling experience with a local guide, and do it the Dutch way. You may come as a stranger, but you’ll leave as a local. After meeting your guide collect your bike, perform a cycle check, and begin your guided bike tour of Rotterdam's highlights.  All your senses will be needed in this fun, active and informative tour as you ride through the various parts of the city. You’ll see all the highlights as well as some real hidden treasures of Rotterdam. Listen to interesting stories and facts about Rotterdam’s history and culture, uncover jaw dropping modern architecture and feel the Dutch wind blowing through your hair when cycling through Rotterdam. Nice restaurants, cafes and shops will be pointed out to you and you will receive lots of inspiration for activities during the rest of your stay. Any questions will be happily answered. Your guide is a local with a great enthusiastic personality, a genuine love for the city and will be your insider with a wealth of information to share.

Rotterdam Walking Tour and Harbor Cruise

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Markthal

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The guide Andre and driver Peter took such good care of us. My family has learnt so much about the different areas in Amsterdam from the trip. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

It was a great and fun ride. You can get a sense of the cities and want to get to know them better in the future. I recommend the company and the tour.

Awesome tour with the guide telling us all about the things we were driving by, with a lot of fun stopa along the way!

we had lovely time with professional tour guide really we enjoyed .

Enjoyed the route, guide and foremost the timetable.