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Rotterdam Old Harbor (Oude Haven) Tours and Tickets

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The Old Harbor, or Oude Haven, of Rotterdam is the city’s first port, dating back to 1350. Today, the Old Harbor is an entertainment center of Rotterdam, with a unique mix of old and new structures and a collection of terraces and restaurants to enjoy some time to relax in the bustling city.

Rotterdam’s Old Harbor is home to a number of old sailing ships that harken back to the heyday of the city as a trading port. Alongside the harbor stands Het Witte Huis (The White House), recognized as the first skyscraper of Europe. Standing 45 meters, the White House was built in 1898, and was not only the first, but also the highest skyscraper in Europe.

The ten-story, art nouveau-style building was designed by Dutch architect Willem Molenbroek, and stands on 1,000 piles that keep it from sinking into the soft soil. It is one of the few buildings in Rotterdam to have survived the German bombing campaign of May 14, 1940.

The Old Harbor used to be the home of the Plan C business complex, built in 1880. This complex combined shops, offices and homes around central arcades, allowing shoppers to remain dry even during the rain. This complex was, in fact, one of the first shopping malls similar to the malls of today. Unfortunately, most of Plan C was destroyed in the bombing, and only the railing and some underpasses of the complex remain today.

Taking its place around the Old Harbor are the restaurants and modern apartments that the Old Harbor is known for today. Chief among these are Rotterdam’s Cube Houses, built in 1984. These houses, designed by Piet Blom, look like giant yellow blocks, tilted on their side and raised up on poles. The cube house complex is known as the Blaakse Bos, or Blaakse Forest, as each of the houses can be seen to look like a tree. One of the cube houses is open to the public, or you can spend the night at the Stayokay hostel, which is located within one of the cubes.

The area around the harbor has now been transformed into a center for dining and nightlife in Rotterdam. There are thirteen restaurant and cafes that surround the harbor, along with a CitizenM hotel.

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Oude Haven, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 3011
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Rotterdam Old Town & Harbor: Spy Exploration Game

Rotterdam Old Town & Harbor: Spy Exploration Game

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Explore Rotterdam with a twist on a smartphone app-based scavenger hunt tour. With no time limit, clear directions, and fun challenges at major landmarks, this sightseeing activity is a popular choice for visitors traveling in groups or with family.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD7.71
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Private Tour: Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Harbor Cruise

Private Tour: Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Harbor Cruise

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Discover the different facets of Rotterdam with a customizable itinerary on this half-day private walking tour that ends with a relaxing cruise. With the help of your personalized guide, admire the city’s modern architecture as well as the buildings that survived WWII. Wander around Museumpark, the Rotterdam Centrum and the Old Harbor dating back to the 14th century. Make sure to visit Piet Blom’s Cubic Houses before kicking back on a boat cruise along Rotterdam Harbor.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD125.71
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Top rated: Rotterdam 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Top rated: Rotterdam 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD93.73
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Rotterdam in half a day: All-inclusive, Authentic private Tour of Rotterdam

Rotterdam in half a day: All-inclusive, Authentic private Tour of Rotterdam

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Make the most of your time in Rotterdam with a private half-day tour that covers the city’s top highlights, including the Old Harbor, Euromast, the Meent shopping district, and the Luchtsingel Bridge. For your convenience, the tour includes snacks, lunch, and all necessary admission tickets. Booking a private tour ensures a customized experience and your guide’s full attention.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Highlights Rotterdam Wandeltour
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Highlights Rotterdam Wandeltour

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We are 2 stewardesses who are professionals in the world of travel with many years of experience under our belt of service, customer care and knowledge of international travel. We will gladly take you through our metropolis allowing you to admire famous icons. The part we always liked about a tour was being introduced to those hidden local gems: A hidden garden, a quirky name of a building or statue, a winding, trendy alley were 'things happen' a place to get authentic food or simply be able to get into the beat of the city as it reveals itself to us! You know that satisfying feeling in your heart when you have been to a city and felt really embraced by it? That is the feeling we are determined you will leave Rotterdam with.
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  • 2 hours 5 minutes
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Self-Guided Tour of Rotterdam with Interactive City Game

Self-Guided Tour of Rotterdam with Interactive City Game

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Get to know Rotterdam in a unique and affordable way. We offer you a self-guided tour, via our online App. You play a fun, family-friendly game. Answer questions about the locations and do search assignments. All on your smartphone. Log in on our free city game app and enjoy the city. Not a 'boring' guide, but you decide when to start, stop or pause. Use GPS to find the nicest squares, streets, and monuments. Get the most interesting facts about the city. Discover Rotterdam with our unique city game app. Instructions for starting the tour will be given after booking. You can do this tour anytime you choose. This City Game is also a perfect activity for large groups.
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  • 3 hours
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The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam Sightseeing Tour Max.8 Persons

The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam Sightseeing Tour Max.8 Persons

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This day tour brings you to the most histroric sites and scenic spots in the Netherlands, which are The Hague, Delft and Rotterdam. On this tour, you will know stories about the history of the Netherlands. In the beginning of our journey, we will visit Rotterdam, which has Europe's largest seaport. Rotterdam is known for its maritime heritage and modern architecture. The near-complete destruction of the city centre in the World War II has resulted in a varied architectural landscape. After that, we will travel to Delft, which is famous for its blue pottery. You would have time to seat on the market square to have lunch here. In the afternoon, we will go to the political city of the Netherlands: The Hague. It is the administrative and royal capital of the Netherlands and its seat of government. This tour offers free hotel pick-up service in Amsterdam; a luxury and comforable mini bus (Mecedes brand) with maximum 8 persons; and a free bottle of water (one bottle per traveler).
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Private Rotterdam Running Tour
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Private Rotterdam Running Tour

Would you like your own private tour? Would you like a ‘special group’ tour (birthday/ bachelor(ette) party/ family tour)? Then this Tour is the best option for you! Our crewmembers want to show you how awesome Rotterdam is! By combining running and sightseeing, you will have a unique, interactive and indeed a fit way of getting to know this great city. Wether you are a die hard runner or ‘just a beginner’, we want our tours to be accessible to all types of runners. During our tours we will not only provide you with interesting information and trivia. We will also make sure there is enough picture and fun time and a warm up and cooling down time, as we care about the physical wellbeing of our runners. Every runner gets a bottle of water to stay well hydrated during the run.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 25 minutes
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USD39.59
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Walking tour Rotterdam

Walking tour Rotterdam

Beyond Rotterdam goes a step further. The beyond Tour will show you the most know sites to see in Rotterdam!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD31.43
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Private city tour in Rotterdam

Private city tour in Rotterdam

On this city tour on foot you will see the most important sights and interesting districts in the center of Rotterdam at your leisure and you will get to know some districts in more detail. The guide will tell you about the history of the city, how it developed from an insignificant fishing village to a world port of world importance. You will see how old and modern harmoniously stand next to each other in Rotterdam or how they contrast sharply. You will of course see the latest architectural works of art, but also what has been preserved through the centuries. You will hear funny and interesting stories and because we also see lesser-known spots, you will be enriched with a different, surprising, new perspective on Rotterdam and the people of Rotterdam.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD248.11
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Private Highlights and Architecture Walking Tour: Markthal, Timmerhuis & Depot

Private Highlights and Architecture Walking Tour: Markthal, Timmerhuis & Depot

Come along with the tourguide showing you all striking and experimental Rotterdam architecture in one neat tour. Step into iconic buildings to take a peek inside and visit a rooftop usually closed off from the public. Explore Rotterdam’s smart and sexy icons while hearing about the city’s bold urge to non-stop innovate.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Your Own Holland. Rotterdam: A Group Sightseeing Tour

Your Own Holland. Rotterdam: A Group Sightseeing Tour

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We will see examples of utopian architecture - cubic houses, autonomous buildings providing energy and water to sustain themselves, futuristic church, constructor-house, the most magnificent market in the world, majestic Maas, hooligan-gnome, Kind Ladybug, the biggest art object in the country and so much more. We'll talk about contemporary architecture, fantastic innovative, social and eco-projects. But we are not forgetting about the city's past. And we will also show you how it feels to live in Rotterdam today. We'll try to find local sights by their nicknames and discover the mystery of the town hall. We'll get to know why the great humanist still scares children. You can be sure that we'll also try the tastiest food Rotterdam has to offer - starting from fritters and ending with local sausages and herring. And of course, we will take some great pictures too! We will be happy to show you our favorite and most interesting spots in this amazing city. See you in Rotterdam!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD27.57
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