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Rotterdam Old Harbor (Oude Haven) Tours

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Rotterdam Old Harbor (Oude Haven)
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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The Old Harbor is centrally located in Rotterdam, with the nearest Metro station being the Blaak station. It is free to visit the harbor, but can be very crowded at the restaurant terraces when the weather is nice.
Address: Rotterdam 3011, Netherlands
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11 Tours and Activities to Experience Rotterdam Old Harbor (Oude Haven)

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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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$143.49
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$143.49
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Rotterdam Walking Tour With Puzzle Solving

Rotterdam Walking Tour With Puzzle Solving

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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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$12.05
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Guided Tour: Rotterdam, Markthal, Water Taxi, Wilhelminapier and Rooftop View

Guided Tour: Rotterdam, Markthal, Water Taxi, Wilhelminapier and Rooftop View

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Explore Rotterdam in a unique way on this guided tour! Enjoy amazing views of the spectacular architecture on the south side of the city, a trip in a watertaxi, a walk in Old Harbour, a visit to the rooftop of Het Witte Huis and a “meet & taste” in the Markthal, this tour has everything! * Visit the spatial atrium of De Rotterdam with a beautiful view on the Erasmus Bridge * Take a spectacular water taxi ride under the Erasmus Bridge. * Join a guided walk in the Old Harbour and see het Witte Huis, Blacks Bos and Cube Houses. * Visit the rooftop of Het Witte Huis * Visit the gigantic and colorful Markthal. * Have a "meet and taste" with an entrepreneur in the Markthal.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$37.04
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Highlights Rotterdam Walking Tour

Highlights Rotterdam Walking Tour

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We are 2 flight attendants who are professionals in the world of travel with many years of experience under our belt of service, customer care and knowledge or 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 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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$74.20
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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
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Tour in Rotterdam combined with professional photo shoot

Tour in Rotterdam combined with professional photo shoot

Who doesn't want this? A tour through a beautiful city AND a photo shoot so that you will never forget this city again ?! I will show you the most beautiful places in Rotterdam up close and make sure that you can look back years later with beautiful images on your visit to this beautiful city.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Highlight Bike Tour of Rotterdam

Private Highlight Bike Tour of Rotterdam

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The Netherlands is widely hailed as the most bike-friendly country in the world. Explore Rotterdam in safety during a private cycle tour that provides a more intimate glimpse into Holland’s second city. Taking a private tour means you’ll receive the undivided attention of your guide and have the chance to customize your itinerary according to your interests. Plus, you’ll have ample time to ask your guide for tailored recommendations.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.76
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$92.76
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The Whole City In Half a Day: All inclusive, authentic private tour of Rotterdam

The Whole City 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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  • 5 hours
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$124.95
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Rotterdam Recommended Highlights Walking Tour

Rotterdam Recommended Highlights Walking Tour

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Discover the top attractions and hidden secrets of Rotterdam on this in-depth walking tour. With round-trip transportation from the centrally located King Kong Hostel included, follow your guide through elegant streets like the Witte de Withstraat, and learn the history behind must-see sites including the Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk. Along the way, soak up the atmosphere in the traditional Market Hall and enjoy fine views out over the pretty Old Harbor.
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  • 2 hours
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$22.91
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Walk & Explore Rotterdam with the interactive Qula City Trail

Walk & Explore Rotterdam with the interactive Qula City Trail

Price per group of 2-6 people. Within 2 hours the Qula Rotterdam City Trail will guide you along the best spots in Rotterdam, while playing fun riddles and assignments on your smartphone. Try to set a top score with family or friends and explore the city. There are no fixed starting times or reservations, you pick your own day and time. The Trail is available 24/7 and there is no time limit - you can start, pause and stop whenever it suits you! It's offered in multiple languages (Eng, Ger, Fr, Ned, Sp, It and more). The Qula City Trail is great fun and the most affordable outing for families and groups of friends. How does it work? With your booking, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to play the Trail on your smartphone. Android or IPhone compatible. Once at the starting point, you begin your quest through the city, it's that easy!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$34.97
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Private city tour in Rotterdam

Private city tour in Rotterdam

On this city tour you can calmly see the most important sights and interesting districts in the center of Rotterdam and you will get to know some districts in more detail. The city guide tells 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 side by side in Rotterdam or just contrasting hard. You will of course see the latest architectural works of art, but also what has been preserved for centuries. You hear funny and interesting stories and because we also see lesser-known positions, you will be enriched with a different, surprising, new look at Rotterdam and the Rotterdam people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$271.30
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