A Cultural Walk in Rotterdam, Rotterdam

Visitors seeking culture will get the utmost pleasure from their trip to Rotterdam. It's a place that is both open to cultural growth and very much in touch with modern cultural trends. Lots of cultural music events and festivals are held in the city each year. Check out our tour of the top cultural attractions in Rotterdam.
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Guide Name: A Cultural Walk in Rotterdam
Guide Location: Netherlands » Rotterdam (See other walking tours in Rotterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: valery
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Wereldmuseum

1) Wereldmuseum (must see)

The Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, or Museum voor Land-en Volkenkunde, was founded in 1883. A major center for ethnography, approximately 1,800 items are housed here from various cultures in Asia, Oceania, Africa, the Americas, and the Islamic heritage.

Why You Should Visit:
Housed in one of Rotterdam's most beautiful buildings and you can enjoy the waterside view from the front of the harbour entrance.
The permanent collection is very well presented, including some spectacular...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Tax & Customs Museum

2) Tax & Customs Museum (must see)

Rotterdam has always played a significant part in the history of tax and customs. The name of the Museum – Belasting & Douane – does not initially sound appealing to most people; however, there are more than 100 different taxes that you can learn about. The museum's fascinating collection holds more than 40,000 items – from uniforms, medals, prints, paintings, silver works to smuggling goods.

While tax and customs are nobody's favorite subjects, you're sure to be...   view more
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Koningin Emmaplein

3) Koningin Emmaplein

The Queen Emma Square was built between 1888 and 1891. Here you'll find 15 town houses designed in a neo-renaissance style, each with its own unique points of interest. At No. 3, for example, you'll find the building that became the office and residence of the city's bishop after Rotterdam became an independent diocese in 1956. You can also see a decorative vase from 1890 designed by...   view more
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Kunsthal

4) Kunsthal (must see)

The Kunsthal is a museum in Rotterdam that combines 3300 square meters of exhibition space, an auditorium and restaurant into one compact design. The Kunsthal Rotterdam stages some 25 exhibitions a year. It presents culture in the widest sense of the word: old art, new art, design, photography – from elitist to popular. The museum has no permanent collection but organizes a wide range of temporary exhibits.

Why You Should Visit:
You can easily spend some hours wandering around the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Natuurhistorisch Museum

5) Natuurhistorisch Museum

This museum, located in Villa Dijkzigt, dates back to 1852 and is one of the Netherlands' largest natural history museums. Originally built for the Van Hoboken family by J.F. Metzelaar, the building was extended with a modern glass pavilion in 1995. The museum has exhibitions, activities, educational programs, conducted tours, quests and options for children’s parties, as well as a shop and a...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Het Nieuwe Instituut

6) Het Nieuwe Instituut (must see)

Het Nieuwe Instituut is a museum for architecture, design and digital culture, and a platform for the creative industry. There are exhibitions and debates organized on various design disciplines, such as graphic design, product design, games, fashion, (interior) architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture. The Institute was created on 1 January 2013 from a merger of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Premsela Institute for Design and Fashion and the Virtual Platform...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

7) Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (must see)

The main art museum in Rotterdam began in 1847 with the collection of Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans (1767-1847). In 1958, the collection of businessman Daniël George van Beuningen (1877-1955) was added. At this point, the museum acquired its current name. It has a diverse collection ranging from medieval to modern art, with a focus on Dutch art. Though much of the collection came to the museum through the two private collections mentioned above, many others have contributed throughout the years....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Witte de With

8) Witte de With

Witte de With is an organization devoted to exhibiting and promoting dialogue about contemporary art both in the city and internationally. Its gallery has an exhilarating, vast collection of works from the most famous contemporary...   view more
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Cinerama

9) Cinerama

The Cinerama is the oldest cinema in Rotterdam. Opened in 1957, it's located in a historic area in the heart of the city. Many tourists are drawn here purely by the charming exterior of this old building. Inside there are seven screens and more than 1,000 seats. The Cinerama’s program is very diverse, with everything from Hollywood movies to arthouse films and...   view more

Walking Tours in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Rotterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Rotterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rotterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Stadsdriehoek Sightseeing Tour in Rotterdam

Stadsdriehoek Sightseeing Tour in Rotterdam

The name Stadsdriehoek refers to the historic City Triangle of Rotterdam, which dates from the late Middle Ages. The area was bounded by Cool Vest and Schiedamsevest to the west, the Golden Vest to the northeast and the Nieuwe Maas to the south. Take our tour to see the top sights in this beautiful area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Rotterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rotterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Rotterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rotterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Museums of Rotterdam Walking Tour

Museums of Rotterdam Walking Tour

Rotterdam is a city and municipality in the Dutch area of South Holland in the west of the Netherlands. It's got a rich diversity of museums, where you'll be amazed by the gorgeous and fully-featured exhibits. Check out our rundown of all the best, most famous museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Nightlife Walking Tour in Rotterdam

Nightlife Walking Tour in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a unique city that sparkles with the liveliest nightlife in the Netherlands. It's got a festival atmosphere that provides visitors with a great deal of enjoyment. There are a number of movies and musical attractions here as well. Take our walking nightlife tour to find the city's top night clubs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Cool Walking Tour, Rotterdam

Cool Walking Tour, Rotterdam

What a great name this neighborhood of beautiful streets in central Rotterdam has. Once a manor west of Rotterdam, from 1809 to 1816 it was a separate municipality before being annexed by the city. Be sure to take this tour and visit the multitude of the attractions in this fun and friendly district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km

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Souvenirs Shopping: 16 Genuine Dutch Things to Buy in Rotterdam

Souvenirs Shopping: 16 Genuine Dutch Things to Buy in Rotterdam

Just as any other major Dutch destination, Rotterdam is associated with sea, excellent cheeses, marvelous beer, good food and, generally speaking, good taste. A set of gifts from Rotterdam will duly reflect any, if not all, of these qualities. Listed here are some of the items that might prove well...