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Rotterdam: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

1. Rotterdam: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

The Euromast is Rotterdam's icon. At 600-feet high, it’s the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and an essential part of the skyline of the city. Discover amazing stories about the city using our Magnicity app. Take incredible photos and marvel at the unique view of Rotterdam. When the weather allows it you can see up to 18 miles in the distance and at night you can see the stars come to life. Enjoy your visit to Euromast for a brunch, lunch, dinner, high tea, or high wine at 300 feet high in the brasserie. In the coffee corner on the ground floor, you’ll find some the best coffee in Rotterdam. You can also enjoy fresh pastries, a warm panini, or a wrap. Get an adrenaline rush by adding a ticket to the Euroscoop. Enjoy dizzying views of Rotterdam from a rotating elevator 185 meters in the air on the outside of the Euromast.

Rotterdam: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket

2. Rotterdam: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket

Admire Rotterdam’s famous attractions from the water aboard a 1-hour cruise sailing down the Maas River, which includes live commentary and an entrance ticket to the popular Euromast viewing tower. Board the cruise and, as the journey begins, look up to see a unique view of the Euromast. Glide past such renown landmarks like SS Rotterdam, Kop van Zuid, and Hotel New York. Continue down the river an pass by the White House, the Willems Bridge, city’s port, and other impressive buildings decorating the skyline. Listen to the onboard guide as they tell you interesting facts about Rotterdam and what makes the city’s architecture so special. Explore the open decks that allow you to feel the cooling river breeze and see the city from many vantage points that provide perfect photo opportunities. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightsee in Rotterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the cruise, receive your ticket to visit the Euromast. Make your way up glass elevator of the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and enjoy breathing panoramic views from 185 meters up in the air.

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise and Euromast Entry Ticket

3. Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise and Euromast Entry Ticket

Relax and see Rotterdam's most spectacular landmarks as you sail down the Maas River on a harbor round cruise with live commentary and a bar with drinks and snacks. Find a place inside the cozy salon or sit on the open deck. Start your cruise from the Parkhaven under the Euromast. Pass by the Sint Jobshaven, the Waalhaven, and the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, home to Onderzeebootloods. Keep an eye out for the massive container ships. See the famous cruise ship SS Rotterdam and Hotel New York. Enjoy the skyline of downtown Rotterdam as you approach one of the most famous city landmarks, the Erasmus bridge. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Rotterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the cruise, receive your ticket to visit the Euromast. Make your way up the glass elevator of the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and enjoy breathing panoramic views from 185 meters up in the air.

Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour

4. Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour

On this compact and informative 2-hour walking tour your guide will take you to see the most important architectural features of Rotterdam. From the newly built central station you’ll head out to see icons such as the Lijnbaan, the Timmerhuis, and the Markthal. Your guide will show you aspects of the daily life of the city and also tell you about its history. Nearly every building and every corner that you pass has a story to tell! You’ll also be introduced to the riverside area, where you’ll see the new development along the south bank and end by the Erasmus Bridge, the symbol of modern Rotterdam.

Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

5. Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

Your tour begins as you depart from Amsterdam on your bus and head to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and is quite famous for its architecture and commercial harbor. See Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise, continue your city tour, which includes a stop at the famous Market hall and Cube Houses.  Then, head to the picturesque city of Delft, the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Known as the Princes’ City, it is also where countless members of the Dutch royal family have been buried for centuries. Enjoy some free time for lunch (not included) and discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center. It is packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. Visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, which has been the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century.  Make your way to The Hague for a city tour. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family and is the third-largest city in the country. See The Hague, where most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located, as well as 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Stop and take pictures at the Peace Palace, the Mauritshuis (featuring work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol), and the Binnenhof (the meeting place of the Dutch government). Finally, choose to add a scenic canal cruise in Amsterdam and see some of the city's top sights including canal houses from the Golden Age, the Westerkerk, and the Anne Frank House.

Rotterdam Walking Tour and Harbor Cruise

6. Rotterdam Walking Tour and Harbor Cruise

Your morning or afternoon in Rotterdam will start at your hotel, (river)cruise ship or if you travel to Rotterdam from elsewhere at the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. Enjoy a 3-hour private walking tour of the beautiful city of Rotterdam and discover how the destruction of World War II led to an intensive rebuilding process and to Rotterdam becoming one of the most daring examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands. See one of the most fascinating projects in post-war Rotterdam, the captivating cubic houses of famed architect Blom. Blom considered his designs as an abstract tree and the entire 38-cube complex as a dense urban forest, and his imaginative architectural approach is one of the highlights of this tour. Continue your walk through Rotterdam's old harbor and pass the central shopping area. A part of the shopping area is below ground and was nicknamed ‘the sales gutter”. See the few historic building that survived the war: the post office, townhall and Laurens Church. Another highlight is the impressive Market hall, which is the first covered market in the Netherlands. It is a place where good food and unique housing are harmoniously combined in a spectacular arch. This iconic fresh market opened for business on 1 October 2014, after five years of construction. Come and see yourself why Rotterdam has been chosen in 2015 by Lonely Planet as one of the must-see places in the world. After a few hours of walking and exploring, relax yourself on a cruise ship as your enjoy a 75-minute cruise along the lovely Rotterdam harbor.

Rotterdam: Architecture Highlights Tour including the Depot

7. Rotterdam: Architecture Highlights Tour including the Depot

Follow an enthusiastic local guide on a walking tour highlighting the striking and experimental architecture found in Rotterdam. Explore the city’s smart and bold building styles while hearing about Rotterdam’s bold urge for non-stop innovation. Start your tour on the rooftop of Het Witte Huis (weekend tours) with a stunning view over Markthal, the Cube Houses, the Erasmus bridge, the Willems bridge, and De Rotterdam. Afterward, walk right through the famous Markthal designed by MVRDV. Discover Rotterdam’s new city park including a public stage for music and dance at the recently refurbished Grotekerkplein. Pass Dudok’s ‘Dudok’ and arrive at the Timmerhuis, a beautiful inner-city redevelopment project in which renowned Rotterdam-based architectural firm OMA merged a municipal office block from the 1950s with a pixellated steel-and-glass structure. Visit a rooftop terrace (weekdays) with a fantastic view over Markthal, Coolsingel boulevard, City Hall, and the city center. Next, see historical and post-war monuments like the post office and de Bijenkorf-warehouse. Pass Forum on your way to Schouwburgplein and at the Kruiskadeplein, get to see Groothandelsgebouw, Central Station and de Delftse Poort, followed by the remarkable Calypso, Pauluskerk and de Unie. Marvel at the Sonneveld House and Het Nieuwe Instituut in the Museumpark. Arrive at the latest eye catcher Depot Boijmans van Beuningen, a stunning piece of architecture design home to the world’s first public art depot. Listen as your expert guide tells you all about the concept and construction of the reflecting panels creating the double-curved facade, and learn about the aviation engineering techniques that needed to be applied to operate the huge entrance doors.

Church of Rotterdam: Entry Ticket

8. Church of Rotterdam: Entry Ticket

Explore The Laurenskerk, also known as Church of St. Lawrence, a symbol of the resilience of the people of Rotterdam. Be in awe of the only medieval building that has partially survived the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940 and learn about its reconstruction. Admire The Laurenskerk's classic design which is in sharp contrast with the hyper modern surrounding architecture. Take in the bronze doors of war and peace designed by Italian artist Giacomo Manzù. The door’s panels depict the horrors of war and the joys of peace.  Take a look at the 18th-century brass choir screen, the baptismal font of Hans Petri, the 17th-century tombs of Witte de With, Egbert Kortenaer, and Johan van Brakel. Marvel at the three Marcussen organs – including the largest organ in the Netherlands.

Rotterdam: The Laurenskerk Entry Ticket and Tower Climb Tour

9. Rotterdam: The Laurenskerk Entry Ticket and Tower Climb Tour

Enter The Laurenskerk, also known as the Church of St. Lawrence, a symbol of the resilience of the people of Rotterdam. Proceed directly to the Laurenskerk tower where you will meet your group. While climbing to the top taking the 300 steps, listen to your passionate guide tell you the story of the tower. Marvel at the carillon of the Hemon company from the 17th century and the associated giant drum on the way. A spectacular view of the Rotterdam skyline awaits you at the top. The climb is very much worth the effort. Continue your visit to the church after the climb and explore this remarkable medieval building that has partially survived the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940. Read about its reconstruction and its classic design in clear contrast with the hyper-modernism of the surrounding architecture.

Rotterdam: Center and South Walk with Speedboat Ride

10. Rotterdam: Center and South Walk with Speedboat Ride

Explore Rotterdam through the eyes of an architect on this walking tour with a local architect guide. After meeting your guide at the newly-built Central Station, begin your journey through the city, following an architecturally iconic route which passes highlights like the Lijnbaan post-war modernist shopping area, Timmerhuis – designed by the world-famous architects of OMA, St.Laurens Church, the most unique indoor market in Europe – the Markthal and of course the Cube Houses. At the riverside, board the Watertaxi speedboat and enjoy a thrilling ride to the South Bank, passing under the city's most iconic landmark – the Erasmus bridge. Learn more about the history and future plans for the former harbor area that’s now a must-see flourishing semi-island with high-end architecture and some of the best cafes and restaurants in the city. You will also see the Rotterdam OMA building, the historic Hotel New York, the Fenixloods and the Fenix Food Factory.

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based on 818 reviews

This tour was fantastic! The info, the place, the buildings and the knowledge of our guide was perfect. We had fun. We learned. I took hundreds of photos. Rotterdam is an amazing city and this is a great way to experience it.

The view is amazing, everybody is really nice, the part of the tower that rises is absolutely worth it. In my opinion its cheap.

Nice boat. Friendly staff. Bar and snacks available. Lovely views of the city.

An efficient way to visit three cities in one day when you're short of time.

Lovely tour, knowledgeable and friendly guide. Great morning