History of Rotterdam – private tour

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Experience hosted by Rob

3 hours, Hosted in English and Dutch
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 5 people
Includes equipment

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…

What's included

  • Equipment
    In case of rain, I will bring umbrellas.

Meet your host, Rob

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 24 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 24 reviews.

J
August 2021
mooie ervaring, veel geleerd over de geschiedenis van Rotterdam. rob wist veel te vertellenen we hebben er van genoten!
Sylvia
June 2021
Goede communicatie. Verliep soepel. Tour was interessant (van het verre verleden tot het heden ) en prima te belopen. Zo'n 5 km in 3 uur tijd. Leuke interacties met ons! Top gedaan!
Kim
May 2021
Wat een mooie, indrukwekkende toer door Rotterdam en wat een fantastische begeleiding! Rob weet veel van de historie van de stad en hij weet het nog eens vol passie te vertellen. Ineens kijk ik anders tegen bepaalde gebouwen aan. En weet ik nu ook de speciale straten te vinden waar ik voorheen gewoon langs liep. Het is een echte aanrader om je stad /land beter te leren kennen! Zelfs als Amsterdammer van oorsprong was de toer erg mooi om te ervaren. En ondanks de regen had ik het met geen goud willen missen, want de boeiende verhalen van Rob heeft het helemaal goed gemaakt!
Sheetal
May 2021
It was an amazing experience to walk down and explore Rotterdam with Rob.He is extremely knowledgeable and has a good story telling aptitude.U would not want to end it.There is a lot to take way.You go as a naive person about the city and on return u know so much.All thanks to him.Very helpful and friendly.He moulds your past travel experiences with the current city base in a mind blowing way.
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.

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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.