Cool Walking Tour, Rotterdam, Rotterdam (Self Guided)

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.
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Guide Name: Cool Walking Tour, Rotterdam
Guide Location: Netherlands » Rotterdam (See other walking tours in Rotterdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Author: valery
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Pathe Schouwburgplein

1) 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 Netherlands.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rotterdamse Schouwburg

2) 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 works.
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Theater Lantaren / Venster

3) Theater Lantaren / Venster

The Lantaren/ Venster, or L/V for short, is a centrally located theater that is favored by visitors both old and young. Here you'Within the Lantaren/ Venster you will see only four screens that will offer various performances and concerts or show non-commercial films, art movies or various programs for children. If you like to have a drink, you can go to the café that is located inside the art/cinema Lantaren/ Venster. Don’t miss the chance to see performances and concerts.
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Rotterdam neo-Baroque Paradijskerk

4) Rotterdam neo-Baroque Paradijskerk

The Rotterdam neo-baroque Paradijskerk, dating back to 1910, is the church of the Catholic rural community of H.H. Petrus en Paulus. The building is also home to the parish of St. Joseph.
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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 an exceptional collection of historic vessels and cranes which are maintained in working condition.

Why You Should Visit:
Lots of hands-on things to do and you get to learn about ships, oil platforms and new developments.
Some of the ships in the museum's outer part can also be looked at and explored from the inside.
For kids, they have an awesome rooftop playground with plenty of ships & boats to climb on.

Tip:
The boats outside are free but you will need to pay for the inside exhibits.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm
The Museum Harbour is open daily until 4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Waalsekerk

6) Waalsekerk

You'll find this church, which dates from the 14th Century, in the Begijnhof district. Its sacristy - still in place today - dates from the 16th Century. Originally a church of the Beguines, since the Reformation it has been a Walloon church.
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Wilhelminakade (Tower of Numbers)

7) Wilhelminakade (Tower of Numbers)

The Wilhelminakade, or Tower of Numbers, offers a magnificent view over the river and the Erasmus Bridge. It's one of the city's top tourist attractions because visitors can watch the skyline of a developing city unfold from this great vantage point.
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World Port Center

8) World Port Center

World Port Center is a 33-storey, 123.1 m (404 ft) skyscraper in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The tower was commissioned by ING Real Estate Development. As the building stands at the far point of the Wilhelmina pier it is built on, there is an excellent view of the surrounding harbors and city from the higher floors. The building is also an emergency center, designed to deal with potential catastrophes in the port area and act as a coordination center. The World Port Center is an amazing skyscraper that could set a trend for major world buildings in the future. The slim, rounded contours of its facade give it a very dynamic appearance. It's also situated in a much sought-after attractive location in Rotterdam. It boasts a conference center on its top levels, as well as a restaurant and an underground car park.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Rotterdam, Netherlands

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City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 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
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
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
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
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

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Rotterdam for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Rotterdam has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Rotterdam, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.