SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF ROTTERDAM AND VISIT TO THE DELFSHAVEN DISTRICT
A complete tour to get to know and appreciate the city of Rotterdam, which has the second largest number of inhabitants and boasts a leading European port - from its commercial and trade origins to the modernity of its unusual architecture. A lively cosmopolitan, state-of-the-art city that has managed to preserve its tradition and history, for example in the Delfshaven district.
What we will see
- Tour of Rotterdam: former Van Nelle factory, UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Weena building with offices and apartments and Hofplein commercial district
- Cubic houses: residential complex with tilted cube buildings
- Imposing Mevlana mosque
- Coolsingel: main street with important buildings such as the Town Hall, Stock Exchange and Post Office
- Delfshaven quarter: perfectly preserved historic area with museums, merchant houses and windmills
What we will do
- We start our tour to discover Rotterdam from the former Van Nelle factory built in 1920 along the canal of the Spaanse Poldere industrial area. In the past it was used to process coffee, tea and tobacco and, in addition to being one of the gems of 20th-century industrial architecture, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the steel and glass materials employed that make the building light and spacious.
- We continue admiring the dazzling white of the Weena building with its offices and apartments located in the commercial district of Hofplein.
- We then get to see one of the most iconic attractions of the city: the famous Cubic houses, a unique architectural project featuring various cubic buildings tilted at 45° designed in the 1970s by the Dutch architect Piet Blom as well as a residential complex between 1982 and 1984.
- We pass by the imposing Mevlana mosque, the largest in Rotterdam with the tallest minarets in Europe, and proceed along Coolsingel, the city’s main street featuring many important buildings such as the Town Hall, the Stock Exchange and the Post Office. The Town Hall (Saduis), built in the Renaissance style between 1914 and 1920, is the largest in the Netherlands.
- We then move on to Delfshaven, one of the oldest and best preserved districts in Rotterdam located on the right bank of the river Nieuwe Mass.
- In the 14th century it used to be a river port located 13 km north of the city of Delft and was used for maritime trade and shipbuilding. The Dutch East India Company had large docks in the area and, in July 1620, a group of Pilgrim Fathers left Delfshaven headed for America. It became an independent municipality in 1811 and was absorbed by Rotterdam in 1886.
- The district is the birthplace of the famous philosopher Erasmus and boasts a perfectly preserved historic city centre. During our walk, our guide points out the main sights such as museums, merchant houses and windmills which are the unmistakeable symbols of the Netherlands. In this way, we can fully grasp the lively spirit of this neighbourhood.
What you need to know
- This excursion includes a walk over partly cobbled surfaces which lasts approximately 45 minutes.