Rotterdam
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Rotterdam: Old Town and Harbor Exploration Game & Tour

1. Rotterdam: Old Town and Harbor Exploration Game & Tour

Explore the city by slipping in the role of a WWII spy trying to save the city from an apocalyptic bombing raid. In your mission, you will discover incredible places and solve clues on your phone that will walk you through stories of honor, love, and war, whilst exploring Rotterdam in its old glory. The journey will take you around 1.5 to 2-hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so you can finish it at your own pace. The total length of the route is about 3 kilometers. Embark on a self-guided quest by merely downloading the app and heading to the starting point. Get ready to go on a unique and thrilling city exploration adventure. As you solve the clues, you will discover new locations and stories. This game is one of the most exciting and unique ways to have fun while acquainting yourself with the marvelous city of Rotterdam. Join this fantastic game for families and groups of friends. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

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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.

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Rotterdam: De Rotterdam, Cube Houses, Watertaxi and Markthal

3. 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.

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Rotterdam: 75-Minute Segway Tour

4. 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.

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Rotterdam: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

5. Rotterdam: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

This 2-hour guided walking tour takes you from the newly built Central Station, past architecturally iconic locations, and buildings such as The Timmerhuis, designed by the world-famous architects of OMA, and the Markthal, Europe's most unique and beautiful covered market. Your guide will expose you to the everyday life and history of the city. Meet your guide at Rotterdam's Central Station and learn about the Town Hall, St. Lawrence Church, and Europe's first high-rise building. Hear about what happened during the World War II bombing and why the wealth of modern architecture is so abundant in Rotterdam. Next, your guide will take you to see the city's modern structures. Admire the impressive new Markthal, the renowned Cube Houses, and the Erasmus Bridge. Keep walking through beautiful shopping streets and experience the modern Rotterdam lifestyle. As you go along, feel free to ask your guide any questions about the city you may have.

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Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

6. Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

Your tour will begin as you depart from Amsterdam on your coach and head to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands, and is quite famous for its architecture and commercial harbor. After a short city tour, the first stop will be Spido for your 1-hour and 15-minute boat tour, which is the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. You will see Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise you will continue your city tour, which includes a stop at the famous Markethall and Cube Houses.  The next stop is the picturesque city of Delft, which is 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 and to 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. You will also visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, which has been the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century.  Finally, you will head 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. The Hague is 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).  Before returning to Amsterdam, hit the nearby Madurodam, which is an outdoor park featuring miniature replicas of the Netherlands’ most famed locations. See the Rijksmuseum, the Binnenhof, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Port of Rotterdam, traditional Dutch canal houses, Thalys highspeed train, Erasmusbridge, and windmills on a 1:25 scale. In the late afternoon, you will return to Amsterdam.

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

7. 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. At the end of the tour you can see the famous Cube Houses, your guide will give you a voucher for a discount for entrance to one of the Cube Houses.

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From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

8. 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.

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Private Day Trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and the Hague

9. Private Day Trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and the Hague

Be collected from at your accommodation or another location in the city. Be driven to the second city of the Netherlands, Rotterdam. Discover this modern city filled with stunning architecture and hidden gems. Explore the many sights Rotterdam has to offer including the new Markthal, the famous Cube Houses, the Erasmus Bridge, and the Townhall. Learn about the history of the city and the modern architecture. At the beautiful Markthal take a break to have food and drinks. Take some free time to explore on your own.  Follow your guide to the Hague for the last stop of this tour. The Hague is the political center of the Netherlands. Explore the many sights including the Parliament buildings, Noordeine Palace, Binnenhof, and the City hall. Learn about the political situation in the Netherlands. Your guide will give you a tour of the Hague where tell you about all the sights and the history of this beautiful city. Return in your transportation to your accommodation. 

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Rotterdam: Food Tour by Bike

10. Rotterdam: Food Tour by Bike

One thing is for certain - Rotterdam is an up and coming place. The architecture, the harbor, the art in public spaces, the fantastic museums, and the many international influences make it a unique city. On top of all that the food scene is also exploding, and it's time to let you 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. Of course you will taste poffertjes, cheese, and bitterballen, but you also get to try a Surinamese chicken curry sandwich, Moroccan tapas with a glass of cider, original Rotterdam-brewed craft beer, and what is probably the best chocolate in the city. The food is comparable to a big lunch, so come hungry. As you partake in all this food, you will also get to see and experience the city's architectural, historical, and cultural highlights - plus its hidden gems. So if you are a food lover and want to get to know the city, its history, its products, and its people, look no further. Come for a ride that will leave you wanting more.

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What people are saying about Rotterdam

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 94 reviews

Was very nice, enjoyed the trip due to the detailed explanation from our guide julliet rainmaker. Some of the facts if travelled ourselves, we would have missed out. Beautiful city view of delft, Rotterdam and hague is worth the visit. Will defenetly travel more of these guided tours.

Very nice to explore the city. I was stupid enough to buy 2 tickets. That is unnecessary. At one point I was asked if I wanted to take a picture of the trip. After I did this I couldn't get to the walk anymore. It is now working again. So I have to finish it again later.

This game was a lot of fun and a great way to explore the city and see cool new places. It's also really informative, because after finding and solving each clue you get some interesting facts about Rotterdam during WW2. Would recommend!

Awesome tour guide, knowledgeable, personable, very friendly and engaging. His friendly style was great and though his knowledge is extensive, he didn’t rush through and talk at us the whole time. I had a great evening.

It was a great tour. The guide was great. We have seen a lot. The snacks and location were good. Great price-performance ratio.