City Orientation Walk, Rotterdam

Holland's major port, Rotterdam is an attraction in its own right, totally rebuilt after WWII, hence featuring bold, modern architecture, sometimes as peculiar as the world-famous Cubic Houses. The local Maritime Museum, displaying vintage ships and exhibits, attests to the city's great seafaring past. To get to know Rotterdam in its variety, follow this orientation walk and explore the galore of local sights.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Netherlands » Rotterdam (See other walking tours in Rotterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: kane
Market Hall

1) Market Hall

The Markthal (English: Market Hall) is a residential and office building with a market hall underneath, located in Rotterdam.The building was opened on October 1, 2014, by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Besides the large market hall, the complex houses 228 apartments, 4600 m2 retail space, 1600 m2 horeca and an underground 4-storey parking garage with a capacity of 1200+ cars.The grey nature stone building has an archwise structure like a horseshoe. The building has a glass facade on both...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Laurenskerk

2) St. Laurenskerk (must see)

This basilica was built between 1449-1525 and was the first all-stone building in Rotterdam. Many important events took place here. The last priest of the Laurenkerk was Hubertus Duifhuis. The Reformation took place in 1572 and the Laurenskerk became a Protestant church. Ministers of the church include Laurens Johannes Jacobus van Oosterzee, Abraham Hellenbroek, Jan Scharp and J.R. Callenbach, who wrote a book about the history of the church a few years before the Rotterdam Blitz. The church is...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kubuswoningen (cube houses)

3) Kubuswoningen (cube houses) (must see)

Cube houses (Dutch: Kubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of "living as an urban roof": high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level, since its main purpose is to optimize the space inside. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Witte Huis (White House)

4) Witte Huis (White House) (must see)

The Witte Huis or White House is a skyscraper in Rotterdam, Netherlands, inspired by American office buildings and built in 1898 in the Art Nouveau style. The building is 43 m (141 ft) tall, with 10 floors, and was the tallest in Europe at the time it was built. The building is listed as a Rijksmonument. The architect W Molenbroek designed the 10-storey building, at the time an unprecedented height in Europe. It is constructed from iron, steel, and cement, and includes two thick interior walls...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Maritime Museum of Rotterdam

5) Maritime Museum of Rotterdam (must see)

The Maritime Museum of Rotterdam opened in 1874, making it the oldest maritime museum in the Netherlands. It offers its visitors many different educational programs as well as numerous exhibits. From humble beginnings as a museum with model ships and a small print library, the center's collection of maritime memorabilia has swelled to around 850,000 pieces.

Next to the Maritime Museum lies the open-air Maritime Museum Harbour, which merged with the Maritime Museum in 2014 and contains...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Erasmus Bridge

6) Erasmus Bridge (must see)

The Erasmusbrug ("Erasmus Bridge") is a famous bridge made of cable-stayed across the Nieuwe Maas river, connecting the northern and southern parts of the city of Rotterdam. It was designed by Ben van Berkel and completed in 1996. The bascule bridge is the largest and heaviest in West Europe and has the largest panel of its type in the world. The structure is called "the Swan" by locals because of its graceful posture over the water. The southern span of the bridge has an...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Remonstrant Church

7) Remonstrant Church

The Remonstrant Church is a Scottish church that has been in Rotterdam since the 17th Century, and which retains a small but dedicated following to this day. This church building was built in 1897 in a mixture of styles. It has survived through the years even though its congregations have been persecuted and its leaders...   view more
Rotterdamse Schouwburg

8) Rotterdamse Schouwburg

The Rotterdam Theater was built in 1988 to replace a temporary theater put in place after World War II. Its modern interior looks crisp and fresh with a classical edge, and fits in perfectly with its surroundings on the modern Schouwburgplein square. The theater's program includes more than 500 performances a year in theater, opera, music, dance and other interdisciplinary...   view more
Pathe Schouwburgplein

9) Pathe Schouwburgplein

Theatre Square (or in Dutch: Schouwburgplein) is situated in the heart of the city of Rotterdam, and is flanked by the municipal theater, concert hall, central station, restaurants, and shopping malls. The Pathe Schouwburgplein is a cinema located in the center of the Rotterdam. The cinema boats seven screens, one of which is the largest in the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
City Hall

10) City Hall

A major historical landmark, Cityhal Rotterdam is one of the few city center buildings which was not bombed in World War II. It is one of the many attractions in the Coolsingel area of the city. Construction of the famous building took six years, and was completed in August 1920. Its central hall is designed to represent Rotterdam as a port and trade...   view more
Koopgoot (aka Beurstraverse)

11) Koopgoot (aka Beurstraverse) (must see)

Here in this mostly pedestrianized shopping area, you'll find lots of charming and inexpensive jewelry, famous brands of perfume, gifts and souvenirs and plenty more. The shopping area is located close to Coolsingel shopping street, where you'll find a further large collection of shops.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful place for shopping with varied enough stores. Koopgoot's unique feature is it goes underneath the main street, hence the name of 'Shopping Gutter' :)
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Lijnbaan Markt

12) Lijnbaan Markt

The famous Lijnbaan - with its extensive range of shops - is the country's original pedestrianized shopping promenade. It's got branches of all the major Dutch stores. Here you can buy delicious ice cream, books, CDs, DVDs and cheap electronics from well known...   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.
Modern Architecture Walking Tour, Rotterdam

Modern Architecture Walking Tour, Rotterdam

The Kop van Zuid (Head of the South) area is an old harbor district which has been transformed into a modern city quarter with high-rise buildings. Take our tour to discover the best sights of Kop van Zuid, including Montevideo, the highest building in the Netherlands.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
A Cultural Walk in Rotterdam

A Cultural Walk in 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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 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
Places of Worship in Rotterdam

Places of Worship in Rotterdam

The historic center of Rotterdam was bombed in May 1940, and almost all of the churches in the area were damaged. Lamentably, numerous significant churches have had to be pulled down. Since then, the downtown area has been rebuilt in a Functionalist style, and some modern churches have been erected. Check out our tour for the key places of worship to see in Rotterdam.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 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
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

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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...