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Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

1. Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

See Rotterdam from a local perspective, traveling the cycle friendly streets by bike. Join an enthusiastic guide on a tour of Rotterdam’s old and new landmarks, and learn practically everything you need to know about the city and why it is so unique. Available as a group or private option, all tours start from the striking new Rotterdam Centraal Station, completed in 2014 after a decade-long reconstruction. See the imposing City Hall (Stadhuis), and the dramatic new Markthal (Market Hall). Go into the Kop van Zuid district on the south bank of the Nieuwe Maas. Marvel at some of the new developments of the old port area, along with landmark buildings such as the Hotel New York in the former headquarters of Holland America. Admire the Erasmusbridge that connects the north and south of the city, cycle through 2 beautiful parks, and pass some of the city’s most important museums. Stop for a coffee break at a unique location. Get a better idea of the layout of the city, improving your experience when walking or cycling here during the rest of your stay.

Rotterdam Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

2. Rotterdam Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Get to know Rotterdam at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Rotterdam’s most important attractions on foot. You can start the game at any time. Starting from Stadthuis, Rotterdam's city hall, see Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, Cube Houses, the Witte Huis, the Maritime Museum Rotterdam, de Boeg, Erasmus Bridge, and the Wereldmuseum, where the tour ends. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day.

Rotterdam: City Card with Public Transport Pass

3. Rotterdam: City Card with Public Transport Pass

Experience Rotterdam's top attractions, tours, bars, and eateries with a 25% to 50% discount with the Rotterdam Welcome Card. Use the included public transport pass to get from one place to another. Highlights:• Save up to 25% on top museums and attractions like the Kunsthal, the Euromast, and Futureland• Take up to 25% off at family-friendly attractions like Rotterdam Zoo, Miniworld, and Midget Golfbaan Parkhaven• Get tasty discounts on all kinds of dining, from towering burgers at Restaurant Hudson, to healthy breakfast at Baker & Moore Choose between a 1, 2, or 3-day card, suitable for day trips or a short city break. Once you've exchanged your voucher, head off on your Rotterdam adventures. 

Rotterdam: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

4. Rotterdam: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

This 2-hour guided walking tour takes you from the newly built Central Station, past architecturally iconic locations, and buildings such as The Timmerhuis, designed by the world-famous architects of OMA, and the Markthal, Europe's most unique and beautiful covered market. Your guide will expose you to the everyday life and history of the city. Meet your guide at Rotterdam's Central Station and learn about the Town Hall, St. Lawrence Church, and Europe's first high-rise building. Hear about what happened during the World War II bombing and why the wealth of modern architecture is so abundant in Rotterdam. Next, your guide will take you to see the city's modern structures. Admire the impressive new Markthal, the renowned Cube Houses, and the Erasmus Bridge. Keep walking through beautiful shopping streets and experience the modern Rotterdam lifestyle. As you go along, feel free to ask your guide any questions about the city you may have.

Church of Rotterdam: Ticket and Optional Tower Climb

5. Church of Rotterdam: Ticket and Optional Tower Climb

Explore The Laurenskerk, also known as Church of St. Lawrence, a symbol of the resilience of the people of Rotterdam. Be in awe of the only medieval building that has partially survived the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940 and learn about its reconstruction. Admire The Laurenskerk's classic design which is in sharp contrast with the hyper modern surrounding architecture. Take in the the bronze doors of war and peace designed by Italian artist Giacomo Manzù. The door’s panels depict the horrors of war and the joys of peace.  Take a look at the 18th-century brass choir screen, the baptismal font of Hans Petri, the 17th-century tombs of Witte de With, Egbert Kortenaer, and Johan van Brakel. Marvel at the three Marcussen organs – including the largest organ in the Netherlands.

Rotterdam: WWII Walking Tour

6. Rotterdam: WWII Walking Tour

Take a shared group or private guided walking tour through Rotterdam to learn all about the impact WWII has had on this city and its resilience after being completely bombed during the war. This tour will take you through the history of the battlefields, the devastating bombing on May 14th, 1940, and the capitulation. Follow the borders of the fire zone, see the remaining scars left on the city, and discover the beauty of the Reconstruction period. Enjoy the views over the city rebuilt from the ashes, seen from the rooftops of the historical Het Witte Huis. Experience Rotterdam's tenacious spirit and ‘can do’ mentality during this impressive and informative tour.

Rotterdam Walking Tour and Harbor Cruise

7. Rotterdam Walking Tour and Harbor Cruise

Your morning or afternoon in Rotterdam will start at your hotel, (river)cruise ship or if you travel to Rotterdam from elsewhere at the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. Enjoy a 3-hour private walking tour of the beautiful city of Rotterdam and discover how the destruction of World War II led to an intensive rebuilding process and to Rotterdam becoming one of the most daring examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands. See one of the most fascinating projects in post-war Rotterdam, the captivating cubic houses of famed architect Blom. Blom considered his designs as an abstract tree and the entire 38-cube complex as a dense urban forest, and his imaginative architectural approach is one of the highlights of this tour. Continue your walk through Rotterdam's old harbor and pass the central shopping area. A part of the shopping area is below ground and was nicknamed ‘the sales gutter”. See the few historic building that survived the war: the post office, townhall and Laurens Church. Another highlight is the impressive Market hall, which is the first covered market in the Netherlands. It is a place where good food and unique housing are harmoniously combined in a spectacular arch. This iconic fresh market opened for business on 1 October 2014, after five years of construction. Come and see yourself why Rotterdam has been chosen in 2015 by Lonely Planet as one of the must-see places in the world. After a few hours of walking and exploring, relax yourself on a cruise ship as your enjoy a 75-minute cruise along the lovely Rotterdam harbor.

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What people are saying about Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 311 reviews

Our guide was originally from Rotterdam and put his heart and soul into it (also in German). Which resulted in it being a bit longer. We had no objection to that. We really enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about Rotterdam. At the end you could ask questions and get personal tips. The tour is highly recommended!

Very nice bike ride through the center of Rotterdam. Gives you a good idea of the city. We had a very good guide, I forgot her name but she was of Flemish descent. She did a very good job, TOP!

Prima en leuke informatie, verteld op een enthousiaste manier door gids Erik. Fietstour is goed te doen, zelfs met 2 klimmetjes.

Super fun, interesting and pleasant bike ride to get to know Rotterdam in a different way. Nice background information too!!

We explored the city in an interactive way . Very nice!