We'll discover the historic city center, bombed by the Nazis during World War II, and learn about its unique history, shaped by the war and different from that of other Dutch cities. Besides that, booking it's FREE!!
The tour starts in Rotterdam Centraal (train station), a spacious and modern building that opened back in 2014 used by 100000 passengers every day. From here, we'll start to learn about the historic events that make Rotterdam such a special city.
We visit Oude Haven, a huge modern port, as expected in a city known precisely for its maritime tradition. This New Port looks nothing like the Oude Haven or Old Port, currently a picturesque area full of small cafés and restaurants, and surrounded by iconic monuments such as the White House and the old docks, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy a nice view of Rotterdam.
Next, we discover the Koninginnebrug or Queen's Bridge, which has connected the Northern Island with the south of Rotterdam since 1876. Originally a suspension bridge, it was transformed into a drawbridge in 1929. This tour takes us to visit the famous Cube Houses, unique constructions designed by architect Piet Blom in 1970, this ensemble of 38 houses is a modern architectural masterpiece, photographed by thousands of tourists, and, surprisingly, currently used as flats.
The Markthal is another unique building, a huge arch-shaped indoor market full of food shops, cafés and even flats. The walls are covered in spring-themed and flowery murals, making it one of the most lively and busy areas in Rotterdam. Nearby we find the Destroyed City, a six-meter tall sculpture by Ossip Zadkine depicting a man whose heart has been stolen, symbolizing the Nazi bombing of 1940.
The Rotterdam Town Hall is one of the few old buildings that miraculously survived the 1940 bombings. Built in 1914 it's surrounded by statues that illustrate the port and the city's history with iconic figures such as the tax collector and the gatekeeper, and has beautiful nicely kept gardens hidden behind its walls. The last stop on our tour is Rotterdam's oldest church, Laurenskerk, a building that was bombed but managed to survive due to its well-designed structure.
Throughout the two and a half hours this Free Tour Rotterdam lasts, you'll enjoy and discover the most emblematic locations of the famous Dutch city.
Our guides will wait in front of Rotterdam Central Station's main entrance.
Address: Róterdam Centraal, Netherlands.
- Róterdam, Países Bajos
- 2h 30 aprox
- Cancellation is free, but if you are not going to be able to attend the tour or have changed your mind, please cancel the reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting
Pets are Welcome on the walking tour