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Free Walking Tour Rotterdam 2019-12-04T19:29:41+00:00

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Extra tours during the Christmas Holidays!

From Monday 23 December until Sunday 5 January there will be two tours every day:

Morning tour: 10:30 (am)

Afternoon tour: 13:30 (1:30pm) 

*On New Year’s Day there are no tours.

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Meeting point: in front of Markt hal

Every day 13:30 Thu to Mon also 10:30

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Explore the European harbor capital and take the Free Walking Tour Rotterdam with a real Rotterdammer!

On this tour you will receive a unique experience, combining futuristic architecture with explosive history. Founded as a small fisherman’s village 800 years ago, Rotterdam soon exploited its ideal location alongside the big European rivers. The city grew into a powerful industrial and trading force, until the city center was destroyed by German bombs during World War II.

Unshakeable -like its people-, the city arose from its ashes and became to boast one of Europe’s most impressive skylines. Walk with our local guide on the Free Walking Tour Rotterdam, to find out where past meets future in this amazing city!

Join the next tour every day at 13:30 (1:30pm) and Thursday to Monday also 10:30(am)

Our Guides

Sarith

Rotterdam, the city where I was born and educated in Tourism Management. As a photography lover, Rotterdam is by far my favorite place to be.

With passion and enthusiasm, I show visitors around the city that I love. During the Free Walking Tour, I will explain how Rotterdam has become as it is today. Rotterdam was rebuilt in a modern way after the horrible destruction during WWII. The tour is focused on the highlights of the city, but also shows the hidden secrets this place has to offer.

Besides all the beautiful sights, Rotterdam boasts an enormous variety in restaurants, bars, and museums. Join the next tour with me and I will show you the most best places to be around town.

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Vincent

Proudly born and raised in the Rotterdam district, my home town will always be the place I come back to. Being a world traveler myself, I understand it takes a local to experience any metropole to the max. A true underdog, tourists have only recently discovered the city’s brawl and unique skyline. But there’s far more to discover…

Hidden under a layer of postmodern architecture, I invite you to uncover Rotterdam’s history and charm. Although Rotterdam lost its heart on May 14th, 1940, it never lost its soul. With a strong ‘work hard/play hard’ ethic, a new Rotterdam was built from the ashes, to celebrate its premium soccer team’s championship on the same date in 2017.

Come along, and find out how this city sets itself apart from every other typical Dutch town. Listen to an insider’s stories about the art and city landmarks, and explore the streets where the real Rotterdammer thanks God it’s Friday. See you in ‘010’!

Hans

Born and educated in Rotterdam, I have lived my whole life in this city without a heart -or Altstadt, as the Germans say. Although it may not have one of its own, this beautiful city will surely steal your heart.

I will tell you the Rotterdam story of 650.000 Rotterdammers, with 175 nationalities and their shared worker’s mentality. During the tour I will cover the harbor, the North and South gap, the story of Erasmus, great architecture like Cube houses and much more! For about 5 kilometers I will take you from 1270 to where we are today, nearly 800 years in just 2 hours!

The Free Walking Tour Rotterdam is a must for everyone who wants to know the ins and outs of Rotterdam, from a real Rotterdammer!

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During this 2 hour tour, we cover

Erasmus of Rotterdam

Why has Erasmus a bridge and university named after him? Join the Free Walking Tour Rotterdam and find out what connects this historical figure to the city.

 

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World War II bombardment 

Discover the devastating impact of the WW2 bombardment on the city, and how this changed the history of both Rotterdam and the Netherlands.
Architecture of Rotterdam today

Futuristic  architecture

Also known as Manhattan on the Meuse, Rotterdam has a unique and exhilarating skyline. See for yourself why Rotterdam has such a fantastic reputation when it comes down to architecture.

Port of Europe

By connecting the North Sea and the great rivers, Rotterdam is also known as the gateway to Europe with the largest harbor of Europe.

If you want to see the best of Rotterdam, then the Free Walking Tour Rotterdam is cut out for you! On this tour, we will take you on a two-hour walk to experience the city in a way bus & boat tours could never deliver! We get up, close and personal with the landmarks of Rotterdam: Markthal, Cube houses, Erasmus Bridge and the Old Harbor.

The Free Walking Tour Rotterdam works on a ‘pay what you like’ basis. This means you get to decide what you want to give your guide at the end of the tour. Whether it’s your first time in the city, or the one-hundred-and-first, we ensure to give you the inside stories and show you sites you have never seen before. Our tour perfectly matches top quality guiding with budget-friendly travel, to provide the best walking tour in Rotterdam. Don’t take it from us though, check out our reviews on independent travel sites like TripAdvisor.

Come along and take your time to really see, appreciate and take in the best of our humble metropole. We look forward to see you soon!

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“What customers say ”

We took the tour with Vincent who was a super fun tour guide and knew a great deal about Rotterdam. He also offered great tips on what to do with the rest of the day and was happy to answer any question that might pop into your head. He really told the History in a fun and entertaining way!

In the 2 (short) hours of the walking tour you really get to know the city Rotterdam very well. Definitely, would recommend to anyone 🙂 Thanks, Vincent!

Justus Kuijt

Our guide was Tim. He was very nice and funny, he took the time to tell us a lot of fun facts that you don’t find on travel guides. The tour lasts for a couple of hours where you don’t stop much anywhere, but you can get an idea of what you want to look at better after it.

I recommend it to get to know the city Rotterdam 🙂 we also exchanged food advice with the guide, so we will eat at the witte de wit straat! Thanks for the tour, highly recommended!

Fernande Deelder

The free walking tour has been the best choice that I could do. It was stimulating and interesting, thanks to all the information that gave us our guide Hans, a smart guy with a great sense of humor that has made everything so much fun and exciting. We really get the time to understand the history.

Thanks to his way to tell and explain, I believe that I will never forget what I have learned, from the history of the city to the amusing curiosities! Do this tour!

Lynette Towers

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