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"Rotterdam Welcome Card Including 1
"Rotterdam Welcome Card Including 1 2 or 3 Days Public Transport""The Rotterdam welcome card includes the following: Travel pass: chip card for public transport (1 2 or 3 days) 50 discount vouchers: each of the discount vouchers shows how to get to a location by RET metro tram and/or bus (see itinerary below for the full list covered by the card). City map: on the map you can see which discounts are close to each other; this way visitors can get the most out of their Rotterdam Welcome Card For travel 2 or 3 consecutive days. This card is not valid on the Fast Ferry and at other public transport companies. The card is activated on the day that you first check in. All vouchers in the Rotterdam Welcome Card offer a one-time discount valid for one 2 or 3 consecutive days)."
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Private Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour
"Meet your guide at Rotterdam Central Station from where your private 3-hour architecture walking tour will start. See the architectural sights of Rotterdam in 3 hours with a private guide. Pass by sights such as Rotterdam's Cube Houses Markthal City Hall Kunsthal Erasmus Bridge and many more. In total you will walk past about 40 architectural sights with your private guide! Learn about these from your personal guide and listen to stories about their creation and the meaning behind the architecture of this unique such as City Hall. Enjoy a relaxing break and a refreshing beverage at a central Rotterdam location after 1.5 hours into the tour. Continue touring Rotterdam after your 30-minute break and enjoy the second half of your architecture walk refreshed your tour will end in central Rotterdam.Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required."
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Private Tour: Rotterdam Walking Tour Including Harbor Cruise
"Your walking tour departs from central Rotterdam at your chosen time. As this is a private tour the exact itinerary can be tailored to your interests; simply notify your guide which sights you'd like to see.Start with a visit to one of the most fascinating architectural projects of post-war Rotterdam the Cubic Houses built by renowned architect Piet Blom. Hear about Blom’s imaginative approach and designs as you step inside these unique high-density housing cubes which are tilted on hexagonal poles. It will change your perspective on modern architecture — literally!From here walk to the Old Harbor (Oude Haven) Rotterdam’s historic harbor whose oldest parts date back to the 14th century. Now a busy waterfront offering a number of fine restaurants and cafés
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Boat Tours Tips (27)

The Chinaboat

This boattrip shows you the harbour of Rotterdam. It takes about two hours. While your on board you can eat as much as you like. Different soups and more than twenty different dishes are served. Go ahead let yourself go!

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benidormone
Oct 24, 2004

The pancakeboat

When you go for a trip on this boat, you can eat as much pancakes as you like. The trip takes about an hour and whike you are eating you can admire the Rotterdam Skyline. On Saturdaynight it is possible to have a moonlight cruise and of course eat as much as you like. Have fun!

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benidormone
Apr 04, 2011

Visit to the harbours

You cannot visit Rotterdam, one of the largest harbours of the world, without seeing the harbours. I made a harbourtrip by boat with Spido to see the harbours not too far from the citycentre. It was a trip of one and half hour, but you can make extended trips as well of three or six hours to the more far away areas into the direction of the North Sea like Botlek, Europoort or even the Delta Works.

We visited the Waalhaven and other parts of the harbour to see cargo ports of the highest standard. It's impressive to watch the huge amount of containers. The huge cranes lift the containers from all over the world to forward them to their final destination by road, rail or inner waterway in Europe... or the other way round.

It is fascinating to look at all the activities in the harbour, the docks, the huge cranes, the container- and cargoships and all other traffic at the water.

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sachara
Oct 27, 2006

Spido harbour cruises

If you want to see the city and harbour from the Maas river, take a trip with Spido. In only 75 minutes you will see Rotterdam with everything that lives on and next to the water. It will be quite an experience to see the warfs, docks and silos at such close distance and to participate in the busy sea and river traffic which has given Rotterdam it's fame.

You will get information (in 4 languages) about the areas and buildings along the waterside. Especially when the weather is nice it is a must to do this trip. Admission is e8.

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Forze
Jul 18, 2003
 
 
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Spido boattrip

You cannot visit Rotterdam, one of the largest harbours of the world, without seeing the harbours. The best way to see the harbours is making is a boattrip.

The year round Spido offers various harbour trips. I made the regular boattrip of one and half hour through the port of Rotterdam, but there also trips of three or even six hours to the Botlek, Europoort and Delta Works.

From the boat you can have a good look at the spectacular skyline of the 'Manhattan on the Maas' with its impressive architecture. You will have nice views at the Erasmusbridge and the Willemsbridge, the hotel New York, the Euromast an other sights as well. Heading west you will reach the harbour areas with the docks and wharfs.

During the boattrip there is information in 4 languages about Rotterdam, the harbours and all the sights you pass along the waterside.

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sachara
Oct 27, 2006

SPIDO tour

It was the first weekend in March, bitterly cold, and the boat only have full - but we enjoyed this harbour tour a lot!

They tell you a lot about the city, its buildings, companies doing business in the harbour, they show you the docks.
The tell you about bananas and coffee, pirates and captains, and and and.

The tour is a must if you're in Rotterdam.

Tour is done in 4 languages (Dutch, German, English, French), and they serve meals and drinks.

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IceBear7
Mar 14, 2003

Spido Harbour Tours

If you want to see the harbour, you will get your 75 minute overview with Spido. Depending on the day of the week and time of the year, also longer tours are offered. The tour starts close to the Erasmusbrug and continues along the Nieuwe Maas through the harbour areas of Rotterdam. You will see big ships and containers and get your background information in four different languages. Structures along the Nieuwe Maas and older parts of the harbour close to the city center also for a part of the tour. On the spacious boat, you can seat inside or on the open deck, drinks and snacks are offered for sale.

Tickets are available at the Spido office (8 EUR). Once the tourist information at Coolsingel also had tickets for sale, but this was given up in the time they moved their office to another building at Coolsingel in 2006. Perhaps, this will be or was picked up again.

The tour is a little too “touristy”, but if the weather is nice, it’s a good way to start a day in Rotterdam. For details and pictures about the sights along the Nieuwe Maas check out my tip called "Along the Nieuwe Maas with Spido"

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Airpunk
Feb 03, 2007

Visiting Dordrecht by Waterbus

You can take the waterbus/ Fast Ferry to visit another beautiful city near Rotterdam, Dordrecht.
It's a nice way to see Rotterdam and it's suburbs from the water. And you can take your bicycle with you.

Prices are the same as going by train, it's just more fun!

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Aug 30, 2006

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BOAT TRIPS..........QUITE A VARIETY!!

In only 75 minutes, discover ROTTERDAM and all the sights is has to offer on and around the water.
Anjoy the memorable experience of seeing the shipyards, docks and quays up close and being part of the heavy traffic of sea-going vessels and inland ships of a river that brought GLORY to ROTTERDAM. (RIVER MAAS)

I have so much more to tell you about all the different trips this SPIDO people have in store for you but my advice is: use the URL and/or email address in case you want to know more....

Good Luck......and I can recommend it all to you....

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eden_teuling
Mar 18, 2003

Along the Nieuwe Maas with Spido

While doing the Spido Harbour tour, you will see some interesting things on both banks of the Nieuwe Maas. This includes for example the wharf where the "Delft" is built. This is a 18th century sailing ship built in traditional way. The wharf is also open for public. I haven't visited it, but for further details, you can check http://www.dedelft.nl/index.html

Keep your eye open for signs like the one on the second picture. They show the kilometers of the Rhine river. This sign, kilometer 1007, is one of the last before the river (here: Nieuwe Maas) flows into the North Sea.

Depending on the Spido tour you take, the functions of several parts of the harbour are explained. So, you will get a small insight and see some order between all the containers, cranes and vessels.

For more information about the Spido harbour tours, please check my tip called "Spido Harbour tours". for details about an unsually shaped, checkered building, check out my tip about the "Shipping and Transport College" (Off The Beaten Path).

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Airpunk
Feb 18, 2007

Spido

Located near the Erasmusbrug are the Spido boats. If you take a tour on one of these, you'll get to see Rotterdam from the water and see what used to be the worlds biggest port. It also gives you a very different view of Rotterdam.

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didgeridorien
Dec 07, 2008

Enjoy boat tour and all-you-can-eat pancakes!

The pancake boat next to the Euromast is a great attraction for families. On a boat tour through Rotterdam you can see all major sights like the port, the SS Rotterdam, hotel New York, the Erasmus bridge and the Euromast. While you're enjoying the view you can eat as many pancakes as you can! They serve all kinds of pancakes and kids can prepare their own ones with all kinds of ingredients! There's even an indoor playground for the kids.

rdordregt
Apr 04, 2009

Things to Do Near Boat Tours

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Euromast

With it's 185 metres at the highest point, the Euromast is the tallest tower of the Netherlands that's open for the public to visit. I went there in May 2015 and it exceded my expectations. The view...
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Blijdorp Zoo

When you visit Rotterdam Zoo Blijdorp you can take a historical tram for the Central station, which takes you in a few minutes to the zoo. The historical tram is a fun ride and it's cheap as well....
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Port of Rotterdam

The employees of the World Port Centre enjoy a fantastic view of Rotterdam. The 32-storey building was designed by Sir Norman Foster. This British architect acquired international reputation with his...
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Waterstad (Watercity)

The museum Harbour is located just off the shopping area of center city. A variety of ships and shore facilitities through the years is on display with much machinery in operation. Open all year and...
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Delfshaven

Great idea for a day trip: Visit Delfshaven This village was founded after a canal with locks was constructed in 1389 to connect Delft wit the Maas river. Delfshaven has historical world fame due to...
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Hugo de Groot

When you've finished ogling the tilted old church tower, this fine edifice is sure to catch your attention on the other side of the canal. For some reason I never went and photographed the plaque that...
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