Highlights of this tour
- De Rotterdam
- Cube houses
- Central Station
- Erasmus bridge
- De Oude Haven
This Walking tour through Rotterdam brings you through the one city in the Netherlands that can be described as urban: Rotterdam. Rotterdam is about the size of the capital in terms of inhabitants and known for its rugged appearance and down-to-earth culture.
Want to see the best Rotterdam has to offer? Join us on this beautiful wheelchair-accessible walking/rolling tour through Rotterdam and learn all about the main highlights. You meet your private guide at a pre-set meeting point in the city center. When arriving by cruise, we can arrange adapted transport to and from the center.
After the Second World War, the many bombings left little of the Old City of Rotterdam, which is why the city is filled with modern architecture. A typical example of this is the Market Hall, opened only a few years ago. The hall houses a market, offices and apartments, all in one. This combination of an indoor market hall with luxury housing is unique. In this horseshoe configuration, you will approx 100 fresh fruit stands, 15 food stops and many restaurants. The artwork across the ceiling is the ‘Horn of Plenty’ by Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. Referred to as the Dutch version of the Sistine Chapel. A great setting to taste the Dutch local delicacies.
You continue your tour to see the ‘De Rotterdam’, which is an icon in the field of architecture. Together, the three interconnected towers of almost 150 meters high form a “vertical” city with luxury apartments, a four-star hotel, offices, shops, catering, fitness, and parking. They built De Rotterdam sustainably and stands on a piece of land the size of a football field. The building is named after the steamship SS Rotterdam with which they used to travel to New York, back in the days.
Rotterdam’s architecture is one of the most innovative and creative in the Netherlands. And a famous sight highlighting this during our walking/rolling tour is the Cube houses in the Blaakse Bos district. These eye-catching houses are cubes that are turned 45 degrees. The Cube Houses are still real eye-catchers in the city, even after the thirty years they have been built. The result is a unique structure you will not find anywhere else in the world.
Another architectural jewel Rotterdam holds is its Central Station. Rotterdam Central Station used to process about 110,000 travelers a day. With the arrival of the high-speed train and another local train, the government expects commuters to increase with 323,000 per day in the year of 2025. Therefore, they renovated the building completely into what you can see today. The construction of this new imposing station took nine years and costed 633 million euros.
Another highlight not to be missed in Rotterdam is the Erasmusbrug. The perfect place to see the marvelous skyline of Rotterdam and enjoy stunning views of the city. The Erasmus Bridge connects Kop van Zuid with the city center and runs over the Nieuwe Maas river. The bridge was completed in 1996 and is no less than 284 meters long. The main characteristic of the bridge is the asymmetrical steel arch of 139 meters high. This arch gives the bridge the nickname “De Zwaan”, the swan.
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