Rotterdam Walking tours

Our most recommended Rotterdam Walking tours

Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour

1. Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour

On this compact and informative 2-hour walking tour your guide will take you to see the most important architectural features of Rotterdam. From the newly built central station you’ll head out to see icons such as the Lijnbaan, the Timmerhuis, and the Markthal. Your guide will show you aspects of the daily life of the city and also tell you about its history. Nearly every building and every corner that you pass has a story to tell! You’ll also be introduced to the riverside area, where you’ll see the new development along the south bank and end by the Erasmus Bridge, the symbol of modern Rotterdam.

Rotterdam: Guided Walking Food Tour

2. Rotterdam: Guided Walking Food Tour

Discover how Rotterdam is an up-and-coming place. The architecture, harbor, art in public spaces, fantastic museums, and many international influences make it an extremely unique city. On top of all that, the food scene is also exploding, and it's about time you got to get a taste of it all. On this food tour you will experience and taste Rotterdam in all its glory. A savvy local guide will tell you wonderful stories about the city, and on the way you will stop many times for a special bite and/or drink. You will of course taste poffertjes, cheese, and bitterballen, but will also get to try a Surinamese chicken curry sandwich, Moroccan tapas with a glass of cider, original Rotterdam-brewed craft beer, and what is probably the best chocolate in the city. As you partake in all this food, you will also get to see and experience the city's architectural, historical, and cultural highlights, as well as its hidden gems. If you are a food lover and want to get to know the city, its history, its products, and its people, look no further than this delicious experience.

Rotterdam: Stadshaven Brewery Tour with Beer Tastings

3. Rotterdam: Stadshaven Brewery Tour with Beer Tastings

See the beer brewing process from up close on this guided tour through the Stadshaven Brewery in Rotterdam, a 100-year-old, fully restored fruit warehouse where approximately 2 million liters of craft beer is brewed annually. Quench your thirst with a beer tasting. Step into what was once the world's largest fruit port in the area and learn about the history of the location and the full story behind the brewery’s contemporary and tough craft beer lines. Learn something new whether you’re an expert or beer newcomer. Hear about the brewery’s goals toward innovation and sustainability and its role in the exciting redevelopment project of Merwe-Vierhavens as a new city district in the making. Discover how the brewery and crew will contribute to the area. Head to a table in the gastropub to enjoy a tasting while your guide gives you more inside info about what you are drinking. Enjoy either 1 beer or soda or 3 beers with snacks, depending on the tour option you choose. 

Rotterdam: Private Tour with a Local

4. Rotterdam: Private Tour with a Local

Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Rotterdam from a local eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. You can meet at your hotel or Airbnb accommodation and get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn all the insider tips, such as the best places to eat and buy groceries, and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to see and do in the city, customized to your interests. By the end of your tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need.

Rotterdam: Markthal Tour, Meet & Taste, and Het Witte Huis

5. Rotterdam: Markthal Tour, Meet & Taste, and Het Witte Huis

See and taste the Markthal in an original way with this 1-hour walking tour. Join an enthusiastic guide who will take you to the most interesting parts of the Markthal and explain all about this Rotterdam Foodwalhalla. Be amazed by fun facts you’ve never heard before and get a special look behind the scenes! Your tour will include the Timestairs in the Markthal, a unique architectural structure surrounded by archaeological treasures. Learn all about the elevated walkway and get the best view of the art on the ceiling, a spectacular work full of colors and details called “the Horn of Plenty”.  Finally, you’ll visit the underground Expedition, only accessible to market professionals and their vans. Complete your tour with a “meet and taste” with an entrepreneur on the market floor. Following your tour of the Markthall, visit the rooftop of Het Witte Huis, the Oldest Skyscraper of the world, where you have a fantastic 360º view over the city and you can take the most beautiful pictures.

Rotterdam: Heineken Gebouw Brewery Guided Tour

6. Rotterdam: Heineken Gebouw Brewery Guided Tour

The tour guide tells you everything about the history of the Heineken company in Rotterdam. After the tour you will end up in the Secret Bar for beer and snacks. The tour will be lead by one of the former exployees of the Heineken Brewery and he/she will make sure the history will come alive. Also, you will get a spectacular view from over the city of Rotterdam

Rotterdam: Architecture Highlights Tour including the Depot

7. Rotterdam: Architecture Highlights Tour including the Depot

Follow an enthusiastic local guide on a walking tour highlighting the striking and experimental architecture found in Rotterdam. Explore the city’s smart and bold building styles while hearing about Rotterdam’s bold urge for non-stop innovation. Start your tour on the rooftop of Het Witte Huis (weekend tours) with a stunning view over Markthal, the Cube Houses, the Erasmus bridge, the Willems bridge, and De Rotterdam. Afterward, walk right through the famous Markthal designed by MVRDV. Discover Rotterdam’s new city park including a public stage for music and dance at the recently refurbished Grotekerkplein. Pass Dudok’s ‘Dudok’ and arrive at the Timmerhuis, a beautiful inner-city redevelopment project in which renowned Rotterdam-based architectural firm OMA merged a municipal office block from the 1950s with a pixellated steel-and-glass structure. Visit a rooftop terrace (weekdays) with a fantastic view over Markthal, Coolsingel boulevard, City Hall, and the city center. Next, see historical and post-war monuments like the post office and de Bijenkorf-warehouse. Pass Forum on your way to Schouwburgplein and at the Kruiskadeplein, get to see Groothandelsgebouw, Central Station and de Delftse Poort, followed by the remarkable Calypso, Pauluskerk and de Unie. Marvel at the Sonneveld House and Het Nieuwe Instituut in the Museumpark. Arrive at the latest eye catcher Depot Boijmans van Beuningen, a stunning piece of architecture design home to the world’s first public art depot. Listen as your expert guide tells you all about the concept and construction of the reflecting panels creating the double-curved facade, and learn about the aviation engineering techniques that needed to be applied to operate the huge entrance doors.

Rotterdam Private 2-Hour Food Tour with Tastings

8. Rotterdam Private 2-Hour Food Tour with Tastings

This 2-hour tour begins outside Rotterdam’s new central station, where you’ll meet your guide under the Meeting Cloud. The guide will tell you about the history of Rotterdam as you walk past the Groothandelsgebouw, located next to the station. Completed in 1953, it is one of the first major buildings constructed after the bombing of the city in WWII. Walk from there to the famous kruiskade neighborhood, a large multicultural area with shops from all over the world. This is also home to Rotterdam's Chinatown. See many hidden architectural gems and monuments that only locals know about. Your tour continues to Rotterdam's town hall, one of the few buildings that survived the bombing during the war. This is also the area where you’ll stop for your first food tasting. Walk to the market hall and cube houses area. The market hall was opened in 2014 and is one of the most stunning sights in Rotterdam. At the Markthal you’ll enjoy some Dutch food tastings, choosing from the kroket, stroopwafel, Dutch cheese, herring and kibbeling. The tour ends at the new market hall, but before it’s over feel free to ask your guide as many questions as you like!

Rotterdam 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

9. Rotterdam 2-Hour Grand Walking Tour

Meet your guide by the spectacular new gate of Rotterdam, the recently built Central Station. On this 2-hour walking tour you will be introduced to the history and the character of the port city and the chronology of its post-war reconstruction. Enjoy a walk through the city center and visit architectural icons and national monuments such as the Groothandelsgebouw, the Lijnbaan shopping area, the neo-classical City Hall and the contemporary Timmerhuis. In the stunning new Markthal, or indoor market, you’ll stop for a 10-minute break. Afterwards, your walk continues along the River Maas with amazing views of the Head of South, which is a new development on the south bank. The tour ends at the Erasmus Bridge – the symbol of modern Rotterdam.

Rotterdam: The Laurenskerk Entry Ticket and Tower Climb Tour

10. Rotterdam: The Laurenskerk Entry Ticket and Tower Climb Tour

Enter The Laurenskerk, also known as the Church of St. Lawrence, a symbol of the resilience of the people of Rotterdam. Proceed directly to the Laurenskerk tower where you will meet your group. While climbing to the top taking the 300 steps, listen to your passionate guide tell you the story of the tower. Marvel at the carillon of the Hemon company from the 17th century and the associated giant drum on the way. A spectacular view of the Rotterdam skyline awaits you at the top. The climb is very much worth the effort. Continue your visit to the church after the climb and explore this remarkable medieval building that has partially survived the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940. Read about its reconstruction and its classic design in clear contrast with the hyper-modernism of the surrounding architecture.

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Overall rating

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based on 254 reviews

This was a fun way to see Rotterdam. Loredana is a local who is passionate about her city. We were able to hear from her perspective about the different sites to see while we stayed in Rotterdam. This is a total different type of tour than one guided by a professional guide. We would do this tour again.

This tour was fantastic! The info, the place, the buildings and the knowledge of our guide was perfect. We had fun. We learned. I took hundreds of photos. Rotterdam is an amazing city and this is a great way to experience it.

We had a great walking tour with Lara. She has great knowledge about Rotterdam and professionally took us to really great places, some of which were hidden. It was great fun.

Well put together and interesting tour. I’m still dreaming about the foods we tried. The fresh herring, OMG! ;-) Really enjoyable afternoon. Thanks!

Lovely tour, knowledgeable and friendly guide. Great morning