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History of Rotterdam – private tour

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Experience hosted by Rob

3 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

HISTORY OF ROTTERDAM
During this tour, my goal is to show you how Rotterdam’s unique history shaped the city. I will cover the history from roughly 1300 onward: from the birth and development of the city, to its destruction in 1940, and how Rotterdam rose from its ashes to become the intriguing city it is today. To enhance your understanding, I will bring along several (historic) maps and also touch upon Dutch history and culture in general.

PRIVATE WALKING TOUR
In 3 hours, we will traverse the city center by foot: from pre-war parts that survived the bombing, to reconstructed and newer areas. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a local or new to the city. This is a private tour, which allows me to cater exactly to your needs and prior knowledge of Rotterdam and the Netherlands.
Other things to note
If you want to book for a group, feel free to contact me for discounts.

If the date or time of your choice is not available, please send me an inquiry.
HISTORY OF ROTTERDAM
During this tour, my goal is to show you how Rotterdam’s unique history shaped the city. I will cover the history from roughly 1300 onward: from the birth and development of the city, to its destruction in 1940, and how Rotterdam rose from its ashes to become the intriguing city it is today. To enhance your understanding, I will bring along several (historic) maps and also touch upon Dutch history and culture in general…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    In case of rain, I will bring umbrellas.
From $51
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Rob

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 19 Reviews
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Hi, I’m Rob! In my spare time I give private tours of Rotterdam. I have always been fascinated by history and cities, and Rotterdam interested me ever since I moved here in 2007. The city is in no way comparable to any other place in the Netherlands. I have extensive knowledge of Rotterdam and Dutch history and I want to give you a personal feel for Rotterdam, the way only a local can.
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Where you'll be

We start where the city began, at the Binnenrotte (near the Markthal). Then we’ll walk towards the river while I explain the city’s early history and how it grew into a thriving port. We’ll continue towards the center to discuss the single most impactful event in Rotterdam’s history: the bombing of 1940. We finish the tour at Eendrachtsplein after discussing the city's reconstruction and modern development.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 19 reviews.

Jasmine
July 2020
It was a amazing experience. Rob is a good local guide and well prepared to introduce many unique places and history. Highly recommended.
Brenton
December 2019
Rob was a fantastic guide to the history of Rotterdam. He really tried to tailor the tour to us and told some great personal stories along with the history. We learnt a lot about Rotterdam as well as the Netherlands as a whole and came away with a new appreciation for the place.
Rob was a fantastic guide to the history of Rotterdam. He really tried to tailor the tour to us and told some great personal stories along with the history. We learnt a lot about R…
Jacquemain
December 2019
Rob is betrokken, vertelde geanimeerd over Rotterdam en de geschiedenis. Rob heeft vooraf gevraagd of wij bijzondere interesses hadden waar hij rekening mee kon houden gedurende de tour. Het was een ervaring die zeker de moeite waard was en de prijs meer dan rechtvaardigde.
Rob is betrokken, vertelde geanimeerd over Rotterdam en de geschiedenis. Rob heeft vooraf gevraagd of wij bijzondere interesses hadden waar hij rekening mee kon houden gedurende de…
James
December 2019
TOP TOUR. I was sceptical about a tour of Rotterdam. It's not exactly Paris or Barcelona and a large part had been destroyed during the war. I challenged Rob to give us some history and make it interesting. HE DID! Nice guy who was obviously knowledgeable and passionate about his subject. Even my brother who has lived in Rotterdam for 30 years was impressed. Would definitely recommend Rob's tour.
TOP TOUR. I was sceptical about a tour of Rotterdam. It's not exactly Paris or Barcelona and a large part had been destroyed during the war. I challenged Rob to give us some histor…
Heike
November 2019
Die Tour von Rob ist sehr zu empfehlen. Er hat sich schon im Vorfeld nach persönlichen Interessen erkundigt, um die Tour ggf. noch zu personalisieren. Die Tour deckt viele verschiedene Aspekte zum Verständnis der Entwicklung der Stadt ab, gespickt mit Geschichten und persönlichen Erfahrungen, die das Ganze auflockern.
Die Tour von Rob ist sehr zu empfehlen. Er hat sich schon im Vorfeld nach persönlichen Interessen erkundigt, um die Tour ggf. noch zu personalisieren. Die Tour deckt viele verschie…
Elizabeth
October 2019
Rotterdam has been shaped by a unique history which requires a bit of explaining. Rob's tour goes into the details, describing the formation of the city and the effects of the second world war and post war trends. Despite all the history it was still casual and fun.
Rotterdam has been shaped by a unique history which requires a bit of explaining. Rob's tour goes into the details, describing the formation of the city and the effects of the sec…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

We will walk for about 3 hours, so bring comfortable shoes and the right clothes for the season.