Things to do in Rotterdam, South Holland Province: The Best Historical & Heritage Tours

May 16, 2022 Terina Blouin

Holland's most modern city began as a fishing village in the 13th century. It was developing into an industrial and trading power when German bombers destroyed the city center and harbor in 1940. However, Rotterdam's unique architecture now brings many visitors to bike around this urbane, cosmopolitan city. Old Dutch-style houses can still be found in historic Delfshaven, from where the pilgrims set sail in 1620. Cultural offerings from summer's carnival to classical music give Amsterdam competition.
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1. Private Rotterdam Highlights Bike Tour

Zwaan Bikes Rotterdam, Weena 703, 3013 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands idtours Rotterdam
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With the Rotterdam Highlights Bike Tour you visit ALL the highlights of Rotterdam. Under the guidance of a passionate guide this bike tour will be memorable activity for all ages. It has the perfect mix: witnessing breathtaking skyline views, hearing funny stories and learn more about Rotterdam as a post-war reconstruction city. We cycle from the Market Hall to the Euromast and Hotel New York. Besides seeing all the top sights, this tour is ideal to orientate yourself in the city. After the Rotterdam Highlights Bike Tour you will definitely know the best places in Rotterdam.

Inclusions: Bottled water, Use of bicycle

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Reviewed By N9714WIangiec

Edwin was an excellent guide and we had a nice bike around Rotterdam learning the history. The small bites of food made this an interesting tour for our travel group.

2. Second World War Walking Tour in Rotterdam

Rotterdam Centraal, Stationsplein 2, 3013 AJ Rotterdam, Netherlands idtours Rotterdam
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May 14, 1940: A devastating watershed in the history of Rotterdam. Within fifteen minutes the city center was bombed to the ground by the Nazis. The Second World War and the much-needed post-war reconstruction period are strongly intertwined into the identity of Rotterdam. Your experienced tour guide will explain why the bombardment took place and show you buildings which survived the bombing. During this tour you will also visit The Destroyed City, the most important war memorial in Rotterdam.

Inclusions: Bottled water, Rotterdam City Map, Rotterdam local candy

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Reviewed By N9714WIangiec

Edwin was an excellent guide and we had a nice bike around Rotterdam learning the history. The small bites of food made this an interesting tour for our travel group.

3. Rotterdam Highlights Private Walking Tour

Rotterdam Centraal, Stationsplein 2, 3013 AJ Rotterdam, Netherlands idtours Rotterdam
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This 2-hour private walking tour will show you many of the top attractions Rotterdam has to offer! A local guide will take you on a memorable journey through the city center. You will visit the must-see highlights such as the Market Hall, Cube Houses, St Laurens Church and many more! Strolling along the streets of Rotterdam, you will see that this city is a unique place; a fascinating combination of state-of-the-art architecture blended together with the older buildings which survived the Second World War. This tour can be fully customized to your wishes, even after you booked the tour. We can adjust the route and content as you please.

Inclusions: A local Rotterdam candy, Private local tour guide

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Reviewed By N9714WIangiec

Edwin was an excellent guide and we had a nice bike around Rotterdam learning the history. The small bites of food made this an interesting tour for our travel group.

4. The Hague & Rotterdam: Past and Future Tour

Dutch Tours and Transfers
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This tour is a mix of past and future. During your The Hague Tour you will be guided around in what may historically and culturally be the most important city in the Netherlands. Sit down at one of the cozy squares to enjoy a funky cappuccino while the Nation’s founding Father, William of Orange, preserves peace and serenity. Rotterdam is well-known for being the economic and logistic center of Europe as it is Europe’s largest port. Nicknamed the ‘Gate to the World’, Rotterdam has a distribution system including waterways, airport, railways and roads. Yet, there is so much more to this spectacular city! Your private driver guide will tour you around the stunning modern architecture of Rotterdam, which city centre was nearly entirely bombarded during the Second World War.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Private transportation, WiFi on board, Bottled water

Exclusions: All Fees and Taxes, Guide

Reviewed By BBB999888

Picked up exactly on time in a beautiful new model vehicle which was pre fitted with an infant seat for my 1 year old son. Driver was a top guy and very knowledgeable of the destinations and local history. Family had a great, enjoyable day! Highly recommend to all

5. Zeeland, Delta works, medieval Veere & Middelburg Private tour 8 p. = 165e. each

Museumplein, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands Daytoursholland.com
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A wonder of the modern world according to engineers, the Delta Works – or Deltawerken in Dutch – is a series of dams, sluices, levees, dikes and a storm-surge barrier designed to protect the Netherlands from rising storm water. Following the deadly North Sea Flood in 1953, the Delta Works Commission was launched to find a solution to the danger of rising sea levels. Despite research and planning beginning in the 1950s, the 13 parts of the Delta Works in the province of Zeeland took around 50 years to finish.

Inclusions: The morning coffee at Brouwershaven is on us.

Exclusions: Lunch, Dinner

6. Private Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Cube House Entrance

Rotterdam Centraal, Stationsplein 2, 3013 AJ Rotterdam, Netherlands Trigger Tours, Private tours in Amsterdam
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Join this 2-hour walking tour of Rotterdam with a private guide. Learn about the city's history and admire its modern architecture, including the new and imposing Martkhal. Explore the unique cube houses and also go inside the cube house museum. See some of the sights and places only locals know about and get an introduction of this modern city with a private guide

Inclusions: Local guide, Private tour, Professional guide

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified, Gratuities, Hotel pickup and drop-off

Reviewed By derenl2021

Very interesting and exciting tour! Our guide, Jan, showed us all the interesting sites in Amsterdam. He shared much information and even gave us some tips to get some good food, as restaurants are still closed. Very friendly and informative! Great tour and great day!

7. Private Tour: Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Harbor Cruise

Plein 1940, 3011 TK Rotterdam, Netherlands Personalized private tours, discover Amsterdam
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A multi-faceted city with layers of history, Rotterdam is one of the most intriguing cities in the Netherlands. This customizable private walking tour reveals Rotterdam’s true character, from its reconstruction after World War II to its busy cargo port, the largest in the world. Admire the city’s modern architecture, like the eye-catching Cubic Houses, against aging buildings that survived the war, like the old town hall. Stroll around the Old Harbor (Oude Haven), see Rotterdam Central Station, Markthal Rotterdam, Kunsthal museum and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, and end with a relaxing cruise along Rotterdam Harbor.

Inclusions: Private guide with commentary in your preferred language, 75-minute Rotterdam Harbor cruise, Hotel pickup when the hotel is in the city center

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified, Hotel pickup and drop-off when the hotel is no in the city center, Gratuities

Reviewed By Leeanne C

An absolute must. Our tour guide Hemelinde was brilliant and extremely accommodating. There was a confusion as to the meeting point however she rearranged her schedule to fit us in later in the day . Extremely informative and knowledgeable. Gives you good ideas of what else to do. Brilliant guide thank you

8. Rotterdam Private Tour: Old Town & Harbor Exploration Game With Puzzles

Rotterdam Centraal, Stationsplein 2, 3013 AJ Rotterdam, Netherlands Questo Rotterdam Walking Tours & City Games
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Embark on a quest around Rotterdam by solving clues playing the role of a secret agent trying to uncover a group of spies, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own the Old Harbor, the Cubic Houses, Museum of Rotterdam, and more. + Visit the Cubic Houses, among the most fascinating houses in Europe + Find a unique chess museum + Learn the real story of Rotterdam during WW2 Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you buy the quest, you will receive an access code that you can use in the app. It will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, you can finish it at your own pace. You won’t need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and you’re ready to go on a city exploration adventure. Start and stop whenever you want.

Inclusions: Full flexibility: start at any hour, take a break at any time and resume later, This tour is always available. We are open 24/7, every day of the week., This is the safest tour you can book: private, no human contact, you will avoid crowds., Play offline: you DON'T NEED an internet connection to play this city game

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9. Private Day Trip From Amsterdam to Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

Trigger Tours, Private tours in Amsterdam
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Explore a different side of the Netherlands with this private 9-hour trip to Kinderdijk and Rotterdam. Get picked up at your hotel and get personal service by a professional guide that will drive you around. Visit the UNESCO-world heritage Kinderdijk, see the windmills and Dutch country side. Then drive to the second city of the Netherlands called Rotterdam and explore the modern architecture.

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Reviewed By derenl2021

Very interesting and exciting tour! Our guide, Jan, showed us all the interesting sites in Amsterdam. He shared much information and even gave us some tips to get some good food, as restaurants are still closed. Very friendly and informative! Great tour and great day!

10. Rotterdam, Delft and the Hague daytrip from Amsterdam

Hotel NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace, Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, 1012 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands Dutchtrips
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On this tour you will see and visit four of the most impressive Dutch tourist destinations! See and visit Rotterdam, the most astonishing post-modern city of the Netherlands. Rotterdam is world famous for its extraordinary contemporary architecture. We will drive accross the famous Erasmus bridge and you will see the Euromast Tower, the unique Cube houses designed in the seventies by Piet Blom, amongst other highlights. In your free time you can walk around the center of Rotterdam at your own leisure to discover the unequalled urban city design. You can also take a walk in the Market hall, a great shopping area. Next we will visit Delft, the gorgeous, cosy canal-ringed town of Delft best known for its Blue pottery and former home to the world famous painter Johannes Vermeer. In The Hague you will see the most important highlights of the political capital of the Netherlands, the Peace Palace and Dutch Parliament amongst others.

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Reviewed By Storyteller659430

Very good place to spend your summer vacation although it's expensive. book your boat, home and bicycle before you reach here. Remember, here every bar or restaurant closes by 8 pm. Some places you can't go with car, in that case you have to leave your car near at some parking place such as 500 mitre max.

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