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How to Spend 1 Day in Rotterdam

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How to Spend 1 Day in Rotterdam
Rotterdam may be the Netherlands’ “second city,” but it exudes the confidence of a capital. Home to the world’s largest port, some of the best architecture in Europe, and first-rate art and food scenes, it is well worth making the quick trip from Amsterdam. Here’s how to spend one day in Rotterdam.

Morning: Take in the Sights by Foot or by Bike
Rotterdam is a pleasantly walkable city, so get a feel for the local atmosphere by taking a walking tour. You’ll find many different private and group tours from which to choose, from architecture-themed tours that take you to see Piet Blom’s Cube Houses, among other highlights; to history- and culture-focused tours that provide insight into Rotterdam’s post-World War II recovery and how the city center was rebuilt after being flattened by bombing. Another option is to zip around the city by bike. You’ll also see the top sights but cover more ground in less time.

Afternoon: Choose Your Own Adventure
Indulge your interests a little deeper by embarking on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Sitting on the upper deck of a double-decker bus offers views of the cityscape, and you can either stay aboard as the bus makes its full loop around the city or hop on and off when you wish. Tours typically include stops at attractions such as Erasmus Bridge and Museumpark and, for the duration of their tickets’ validity, passengers are permitted to get off the bus to explore, then get back on and continue to another attraction.

Night: Discover Dutch Delights
Round out your day in Rotterdam by discovering the delights of Dutch cuisine on a private walking tour tailor-made for foodies. Food-themed tours typically visit the Kruiskade and Chinatown neighborhoods, taking in the sights and atmosphere, and provide insight into Rotterdam’s restaurants, street food, and culinary scene. Sample a variety of local delicacies such as herring, Stroopwafel, and krokets before ending the night at Market Hall to browse the many stalls and where, if you are still hungry, you can sit down for dinner and a drink.
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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
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$141.25
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Private Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Cube House Entrance

Private Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Cube House Entrance

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See the best of Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ dynamic second city, on this private 3-hour walking tour. With your own personal guide, you’ll get a glimpse into the city’s past, present and future as you explore top sights and architectural highlights such as the Old Harbor, the cutting-edge Rotterdam Market Hall (Markthal) and Rotterdam Central Station. In addition to the services of a private guide, this tour includes admission to the city’s iconic cube houses.
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  • 2 hours
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$101.04
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$101.04
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Cultural Walking Tour in Rotterdam

Cultural Walking Tour in Rotterdam

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Rotterdam is known for its history, art, and architecture, but it can be hard to tick off all of the city’s cultural highlights on a self-led excursion. Benefit from insights provided by an art historian on a walking tour of the city and explore iconic landmarks including the Markthal, Timmerhuis, and Erasmus Bridge. Along the way, pause for snacks and gain insight into daily life in the city.
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  • 2 hours
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$36.52
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Rotterdam Highlights Bike Tour

Rotterdam Highlights Bike Tour

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Get a more intimate glimpse into Rotterdam, widely hailed as the Netherlands’ second city, on a bike tour that provides a comprehensive overview ideal for first-time visitors. You’ll travel between top Rotterdam attractions without getting lost and stop at points of interest without the hassle of parking. Plus, your guide provides ample restaurant and bar recommendations to enhance your experience of the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Arrival Transfer: Rotterdam Airport to Amsterdam Hotel With Meet And Greet Service

Private Arrival Transfer: Rotterdam Airport to Amsterdam Hotel With Meet And Greet Service

Ensure a hassle-free start to your Amsterdam vacation by booking this private airport transfer service. Meet your driver at Rotterdam Airport, and relax on the journey to your hotel or private residence in the charming city of Amsterdam. These private vehicles can accommodate up to three passengers.
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  • 1 hour
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$81.78
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Half-Day Small-Group Harbor Bike Tour in Rotterdam

Half-Day Small-Group Harbor Bike Tour in Rotterdam

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Rotterdam’s port is the largest in Europe, but it can be difficult to get a close look at the busy working harbor in a big tourist group. Discover the harbor’s historic and modern areas on a small-group bike tour, covering ground quickly and easily, and gaining intimate perspective of the port hub, with insights provided by professional guide. Afterward, relax with a boat journey back into the city.
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  • 3 hours
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$38.97
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Highlights of Rotterdam Bike Tour

Highlights of Rotterdam Bike Tour

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Looking for the best experience in Rotterdam? It is a fun and easy way to discover the city. A local guide will take you on brand new, easy to ride white bikes to highlights and hidden places in Rotterdam.
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  • 3 hours
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$36.52
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