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Rotterdam: Exclusive Rooftop Tour with 360˚ Skyline Views

1. Rotterdam: Exclusive Rooftop Tour with 360˚ Skyline Views

Take in panoramic views of Rotterdam on an exclusive rooftop tour. Visit four rooftops that are not usually accessible to the general public and admire the city's stunning skyline. Start inside the Rotterdam Discovery where you'll learn about Rotterdam's history and the reason why the city has more than 18 million m2 of flat rooftops. After approximately 10 minutes you will head to your first rooftop. Situated in a hotel on the Coolsingel, the rooftop gives you a marvelous view over the Coolsingel and the East part of the city center. Learn about the crucial role of multifunctional rooftops and what the city of Rotterdam is doing to develop more rooftops. After a short walk on the Coolsingel, passing the City Hall and Hofplein, you'll visit the second rooftop, the Dakakker. This is a green rooftop that is being used as a vegetable and fruit garden. They also have rooftop buffering water and a small cafe is included on top. The third rooftop is on a magical place right in the middle of the city center opposite the Sint Laurenschurch. Get an amazing 360˚ view of the skyline of Rotterdam, the Laurenschurch, the Markthal, and more. Afterward, your guide will take you along the Markthal, Cube Houses, and Old Harbor to end at the White House. Your last rooftop will be at the White House, once the highest building in Europe. Get an impressive view of the Meuse river, the Erasmus bridge, the Cube houses from the top, and beyond.

Rotterdam: WWII Walking Tour

2. Rotterdam: WWII Walking Tour

Take a shared group or private guided walking tour through Rotterdam to learn all about the impact WWII has had on this city and its resilience after being completely bombed during the war. This tour will take you through the history of the battlefields, the devastating bombing on May 14th, 1940, and the capitulation. Follow the borders of the fire zone, see the remaining scars left on the city, and discover the beauty of the Reconstruction period. Enjoy the views over the city rebuilt from the ashes, seen from the rooftops of the historical Het Witte Huis. Experience Rotterdam's tenacious spirit and ‘can do’ mentality during this impressive and informative tour.

Rotterdam: Modern City Center Exploration Game

3. Rotterdam: Modern City Center Exploration Game

Immerse yourself in a city exploration game and follow clues to discover hidden secrets and amazing spots in the city of Rotterdam. Walk across the city’s iconic bridges and hear the story of the many Europeans who traveled through Rotterdam to New York. Play the game by solving each piece of the puzzle on your smartphone, guess the answer to unlock the story of each secret place. Untangle the past and learn about Rotterdam’s rapid architectural transformation after the Second World War. Explore the city and be given exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Play offline as you don't need an internet connection to play the game. Enjoy as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or split into smaller teams and compete against each other. Go at your own pace as there is no time limit, the game however can be completed in 1.5 hours. Play without a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure.

The Hague: Resistance of the Hague City Exploration Game

4. The Hague: Resistance of the Hague City Exploration Game

Resistance of The Hague is the most adventurous city game in The Hague. Your smartphone guides you to different locations where you solve riddles answer questions and unlock hidden augmented- and virtual reality elements. You follow resistance fighters who were active in The Hague during the Second World War. Join them and help resistance fighters with their mission to free The Hague. The game starts at Hotel Des Indes and ends at Malieveld. You can easily take the tram or bus from The Hague Central Station to the starting location. Take breaks in between challenges to have some drinks or food. The mix of freedom and adventure makes this city game the perfect outing during your city trip!

Private Day Trip From Amsterdam to Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

5. Private Day Trip From Amsterdam to Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

Discover the beautiful countryside and the amazing city of Rotterdam on this one-day private tour from Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to visit the picturesque village of Kinderdijk and the amazing city of Rotterdam learning about the culture and history of the Netherlands that has influenced the innovation and architecture you will see on the tour.  Your day tour will begin when you are picked up from your accommodations in Amsterdam by your guide and driver. From Amsterdam, you will die into the countryside of the Netherlands and explore Kinderdijk, a village home of UNESCO World Heritage Site windmills which you will explore. You will also see the dykes and learn about their use in the Netherlands to deal with water. You will then go on a 1-hour boat tour of Kinderdijk to further explore the Dutch countryside with your guide. From Kinderdijk your tour will continue on to Rotterdam, the second city of the Netherlands. With your guide, you will explore both the old and new within the city and learn about how the city was shaped. The city boasts amazing examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands as well as historical landmarks. You will find many architectural sights throughout the city like Markthal, the famous Cube Houses, the Erasmus Bridge and the Town Hall of Rotterdam. After you have explored Rotterdam, your guide will drive you back to your accommodations in Amsterdam. 

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and Kinderdijk Private Day Trip

6. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and Kinderdijk Private Day Trip

Start this tour with a pick-up from your hotel. From here, drive to the countryside of the Netherlands and explore Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must see when visiting the Netherlands. See the beautiful windmills, dykes and countryside and learn about the impressive way the Dutch deal with water. Join a 1-hour boat tour of Kinderdijk and explore the Dutch country side with your guide. You also get the option to have some free time to walk around by yourself. From there, you will drive to the beautiful Rotterdam, the second Dutch city you will visit on this tour. 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. First, you will explore the city center of Rotterdam, here you will find many architectural sights like the new Markthal, the famous Cube Houses, the Erasmus Bridge and the Town Hall of Rotterdam. When going inside the Martkhal, you are able to take a break to eat and drink something. After, the guide will drive you to a more historical part of Rotterdam called Delfshaven, this is one of the few parts of the city that wasn't destroyed by the bombing. After Delshaven, your guide will drive you to explore the port of Rotterdam. Rotterdam houses the biggest port in Europe and until 2004 it was the biggest port in the world. After your visit to Rotterdam, your guide will drive you back to your hotel or any other desired location in Amsterdam.

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Very interesting tour. You get a voice recorder where you enter numbers of pictures and then hear the story about it in German. The best thing was the room, which still looks the same as before... With the writings on the wall from desperate people, etc. was very interesting

The visit to the Oranjehotel was very impressive and interesting. We particularly liked the way the information was presented in the form of (digital) reports by contemporary witnesses and authentic stories about the exhibits. We would definitely recommend a visit!

Very emotional visit in a very interesting museum. The explanations on the boards and signs in the cells are very clear and instructive. I also loved the movie with the former inmates' testimonies very moving. Highly recommended

Impressive and captivating design. Too bad I didn't clearly find my partner's museum year card as an option when booking.

Very interesting and sometimes really frightening to see how it used to be. We recommend.