Rotterdam: Free Walking Tour
- Small group
- Duration: 2 hours
We are part of an Architectural Practice from Dublin and our visit was intended to take in the most recent developments in Rotterdam. I had lived there between 1979-1982 and the developments over a short span was enormous. From the redevelopment of the train station as an Iconic building in a short period to the Markthal building and the new high rise office building De Rotterdam made for an interesting architectural with the historic footnotes added. Anet was a great host and interesting with her comments and observations with her added book material to illustrate her points with regard to history and place. The tour itself can only cover a small part of the architectural past that is Rotterdam but lots of exciting building are in the pipeline for a progressive city. The water taxi ride was novel to us and an interesting break form the architectural jargon which may be alien to some tourists.
This was a very small group, only 5 of us so it was almost a private tour. Juliette was our guide and she was great, she provided us with loads of information about the places we visited and the history and the life in general. As we were a small group we had extra walking stops in Rotterdam (markethall and cube houses) and in the Hague (Parliament) which weren't in the itinerary which was great. I'd recommend introducing a walking tour in Rotterdam and the Hague at the expanse of the harbour tour which could be omitted. Highlight was definitely Delft, which is amazing. Thanks Julitte and Jan (the driver).
It was a great tour. Despite the weather being rough and it raining almost the entire day our tour guide Eva made sure we make the most of our trip and visit every place planned for us. She was energetic and interactive with all of us on board. The driver Peter too was kind and polite. The only recommendation I would give, is to have us see more of Rotterdam city instead of the cruise ride that is booked for an hour. Thank you for the experience!
Während 2,5 Stunden vermochte es Willem, unser Guide, seine Begeisterung für Rotterdam mit uns zu teilen. Viele kleine Details und Anmerkungen machten diesen Rundgang zu einem tollen Erlebnis. Jedem zu empfehlen, der einen Einblick in Geschichte und städtischer Entwicklung bekommen möchte. Wir haben jede Minute genossen.
We had to miss the Hague government buildings due to some protest in the city. Also lots of traffic due to this. But overall an enjoyable day trip. Evelin was lovely and quite patient with a few guest who were constantly late. Go for it if u enjoy harbours, history, blue pottery and miniature museums!