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How to Spend 2 Days in Rotterdam

How to Spend 2 Days in Rotterdam

A 2-day trip to Rotterdam offers the chance to fully explore the sights of this innovative Dutch city, from its contemporary architecture to its port. With just two days, you’ll want to see as much as possible. Here’s how to do it. 

Day 1: Explore the City

**Morning:**Spend your first hours in Rotterdam getting your bearings. Guided walking tours can take you to architectural landmarks such as Piet Blom’s Cube Houses and provide insight into the city’s history. Another option is to zip around the city by bike, seeing the top sights in less time.

**Afternoon:**Continue exploring at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Stay aboard as the bus makes its loop around the city or hop on and off as you like to visit attractions such as Erasmus Bridge and Museumpark. Tickets typically are valid for 24 or 48 hours, meaning you can board the bus anytime you like within that time frame.

**Night:**Take a private food-themed walking tour that visits neighborhoods such as Kruiskade and Chinatown. Tours provide insight into Rotterdam’s best restaurants, street food, and culinary scene, and include samples of local delicacies such as herring, Stroopwafel, and krokets.

Day 2: Dive into the Harbor

**Morning:**Begin your second day with a laid-back walking and boat tour of Rotterdam’s coolest neighborhood—the hip Katendrecht district on the south bank of the Nieuwe Maas, once the city’s Chinatown and largely populated by sailors. Small-group tours typically include a boat ride and visit to the former cruise ship Rotterdam.

**Afternoon:**Explore Rotterdam’s port with a ferry or bus tour of FutureLand Massvlakte. Learn what the port means for shipping and commerce in Europe and take in views of the container areas and massive cranes. Alternatively, take a glass elevator rider up the Euromast observation tower, and, if you’re hungry, visit one of the on-site eateries.

**Night:**Armed with the insider’s tips you sourced on yesterday’s food tour, spend your final evening in one of the city’s best restaurants. With people from more than 170 different countries calling Rotterdam home, the city boasts a wide array of restaurants serving a diverse food and flavors.

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Private Walking Food Tour of Rotterdam

Private Walking Food Tour of Rotterdam

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Discover the delights of Dutch cuisine on a private walking tour tailor-made for foodies. Admire Rotterdam landmarks such as the Groothandelsgebouw, Markthal, and Town Hall; explore atmospheric neighborhoods like Kruiskade and Chinatown; browse the stalls of the new Markethall; and sample local delicacies such as herring, Stroopwafel, and krokets.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.38
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$84.38
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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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$143.44
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$143.44
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.61
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$102.61
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Private Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour

Private Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour

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After being flattened by bombs in World War II, Rotterdam reinvented itself. Where once the quintessential tall houses stood, surrealist architecture, modern art installations and landmark buildings popped up, transforming the Netherlands’ second city into ‘the city of the future.’ On this private, 2-hour walking tour, you’ll learn about the city’s unique architecture from your own personal guide, and see the city’s most impressive buildings, including Rotterdam Market Hall (Markthal), the eye-catching cube houses and Rotterdam Central Station.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.44
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$115.44
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Euromast Lookout Tower: Enjoy a Spectacular 360 View of Rotterdam

Euromast Lookout Tower: Enjoy a Spectacular 360 View of Rotterdam

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Avoid on-the-day disappointment and guarantee a panoramic view of Rotterdam with advanced purchase of a ticket to the iconic Euromast. Enjoy included access to the Euroscoop glass elevator ride, or opt to unwind with a visit to one of the on-site eateries. Capture memorable snaps of Europe’s largest port city from the 185-meter summit, taking advantage of extended opening hours to visit at a time that suits you.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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$12.35
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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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$92.73
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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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$30.13
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Architecture Highlights Walking Tour in Rotterdam

Architecture Highlights Walking Tour in Rotterdam

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Discover the beautiful, modern architecture of Rotterdam during a 2.5-hour small-group walking tour through the city center. See key architectural landmarks such as the Rotterdam Central Station, the Lijnban, the Markthal, the Erasmus Bridge and much more. Learn more about the history of the buildings from your architect guide and snap photos of your favorite structures to admire later.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.09
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$37.09
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