Local tour guide in Netherlands
Let me show you Rotterdam inside and out. I have lived in Rotterdam all my life and I love to take visitors on a walking or cycle tour through the city. I will show you the sights, our amazing modern architecture, art tell you about the city's moving history (est. 1340) and anything you like to know or see about ...(read more)present day life in this dynamic Dutch city, the biggest Port of Europe and second city of the Netherlands.
Architecture, History, Art, City Life, Rotterdam
My perfect day
A sunny day roaming the city of Rotterdam with friends or guests
I have traveled to
all corners of the world
Dutch, English, German, French, Swedish
Get to know the city with many faces. On this tour you will see the major sights in the centre of Rotterdam. Your guide will fill you in on the history of the city, from its humble beginnings as a fishing village to the major port on a global scale it is today. You will see how old and new get on harmoniously side by side. New architectural works of art next to some centuries old houses and churches that survived. You will hear some interesting anecdotes as we will also visit some lesser known spots that will give you a different and surprising new perspective on Rotterdam and its people.
Rotterdam has risen to world fame because of its modern architecture. The last decades Rotterdam has seen the realisation of a number of beautiful, impressive or striking buildings, that draw all possible attention. But modern architecture has a much longer tradition than that. A good deal before the war ground breaking houses, offices and public buildings were designed and built. After the war time destruction a golden opportunity arose for the Rotterdam architects and urban planners to realise their modernist ideas. In some cases their work was to quick and not enough thought trough, so that some post war buildings have been torn down already and replaced by new and more imaginative works. Your guide will take you past sky scraping buildings, apartment blocks, offices and public buildings that shape the city. The guide will inform you about the buildings, styles and backgrounds and features of the buildings. This way you will get an accurate picture of the development of the Rotterdam, Dutch and global architecture.
Started in the 13th century as a fishing village at a site where a dam cut off the River Rotte from the sea Rotterdam developed into a major Dutch merchant city. From the end of the 19th century Rotterdam rapidly grew to become one of the world's largest ports. On this walk the history of Rotterdam is presented by the locations and buildings that played a decisive role in the history of the city. Livened up with interesting ancedotes we will give you an insight into what made the city what it is today. Interesting buildings, surprising spots and important people will fill this historic adventure. Answers to questions you always wanted ask: Where is the River Rotte? How did Rotterdam fare during the 80 year independence war against Spain? Who gave Rotterdam its city charter and why? Did Rotterdam have city walls and where were they? What parts of the city were destroyed during the bombardment in World War II and which were not? Walk with us through the past and understand more about the present.
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Tours can have themes like Architecture, History, Art or general interest. Tours can also be tailor made to your specific interests and wishes.