Rotterdam and Kinderdijk Daily Walking and Boat Tour

Tour descrip­tion

Explore one of the old­est Dutch cities, espe­cial­ly char­ac­ter­is­tic in mod­ern and some­times weird archi­tec­ture, “green­est Dutc city” attrib­uted as the biggest Euro­pean port. Although hor­rif­ic destruc­t­ed with­in WW2, still kept spir­it of free­dom and for sure place with the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of the dif­fer­ent world nation­al iden­ti­ties in The Nether­lands today.

Dis­cov­er“ the real” (pold­er) wind­mills, the same as they were 300 years ago. The piece of untouched nature, green oasis of peace and calm, just 15 km away from the biggest Euro­pean port. Unique sys­tem of water man­age­ment one of the most famous “icons” of the Nether­lands from 18th cen­tu­ry, exot­ic kind of birds, mar­itime through the pold­ers, see wind­mills from inside and expe­ri­ence its home ambi­ent, lis­ten their nar­ra­tions about the old times.

 

High­lights

Even that it is one of the old­est Dutch cities, espe­cial­ly char­ac­ter­is­tic in mod­ern archi­tec­ture and attrib­uted as the biggest Euro­pean port. Although hor­rif­ic destruc­t­ed with­in WW2 still kept spir­it of free­dom  and for sure place with the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of the dif­fer­ent world nation­al iden­ti­ties in The Nether­lands today. 

  • The clash­ing point of tra­di­tion­al and avant-garde archi­tec­ture styles (cube hous­es)
  • The green­est city in the Nether­lands
  • Drink a cof­fee at low­est Dutch point below sea lev­el (-7,67 m)
  • A com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent Red Light Dis­trict
  • Unique and the only in Nether­lands authen­tic loca­tion with 19 wind­mills — the 19 guardians and sto­ry tellers of the old times. These still per­sist­ing and in ser­vice “water man­age­ment stew­ards” gonna tell you the sto­ry about the cat who saved one young human life.
  • Inter­est­ing facts about “pold­ers”,  their pro­pose, cre­at­ing ‚main­te­nances

 

Itin­er­ary

Sug­gest­ed meet­ing point would be Rot­ter­dam Cen­tral Sta­tion or your hotel in Rot­ter­dam. After meet­ing we shall con­tin­ue fol­low­ing the stops list­ed below:

⇒ Rot­ter­dam Cen­tral Sta­tion

Mod­ern archi­tec­ture pearl, the main rail­way sta­tion of Rot­ter­dam city receiv­ing an aver­age of 170 000 pas­sen­gers dai­ly. One of the great­est city’s archi­tec­tur­al high­lights

⇒ Schieland House

The 17th cen­tu­ry build­ing for­mer head­quar­ter of Water­schap Schieland, insti­tu­tion respon­si­ble for water pol­i­cy and man­age­ment in this part of South Hol­land once tem­po­rary accom­mo­da­tion place of Napoleon Bona­parte

⇒ Big Church/ St. Lawrence Church

Late Goth­ic style build­ing from 1525 and in the same time the old­est build­ing in city of Rot­ter­dam. One of the sev­er­al rarely build­ings sur­vived nazi bomb­ing on May 15th 1940.

⇒ Eras­mus of Rot­ter­dam’s Mon­u­ment

Mon­u­ment hon­ored to Desiderius Eras­mus Roter­damus alias Eras­mus of Rot­ter­dam, one of the biggest philoso­phers, the­olo­gians, schol­ars, priest from 16th cen­tu­ry. Many pub­lic build­ings , struc­tures and edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions are named against this famous Rot­ter­dammer.

⇒ Mark­thal

Mod­ern build­ing sit­u­at­ed on one of the biggest Rot­ter­dam’s Squares in the shape of horse­shoe — closed mar­ket com­bined with liv­ing space and facil­i­ties, also nick­named “The Sis­tine Chapel of Rot­ter­dam”

⇒ Kijk-Kubus (The Cube Hous­es)

Atyp­i­cal tree-look­ing build­ings with cube-shaped apart­ments on the top of the sup­port­ing columns.Because of its form only 3/4 of the inner space is suit­able and usable for com­mon liv­ing

⇒ Old Har­bor

One of the old­est ( but not the old­est one!) ports of Medieval Rot­ter­dam, for­mer riv­er mouth of riv­er Rotte to New Meuse riv­er. Nowa­days favorite gath­er­ing place of Rot­ter­dam cit­i­zens with plen­ty of cof­fee bars, restau­rants, tav­erns, dis­co clubs…

⇒ De Witt Huis (The White House)

One of the old­est ( but not the old­est one!) ports of Medieval Rot­ter­dam, for­mer riv­er mouth of riv­er Rotte to New Meuse riv­er. Nowa­days favorite gath­er­ing place of Rot­ter­dam cit­i­zens with plen­ty of cof­fee bars, restau­rants, tav­erns, dis­co clubs…

⇒ Willems­brug (The Red Bridge)

Also called “The Red Bridge” ded­i­cat­ed to Willem III is one of the three Rot­ter­dam’s bridges con­nect­ing cen­tral and North­ern part of the city with South­ern dis­tricts.

⇒ De Hef (The Ele­va­tor)

Huge steel con­struc­tion mean­ing “The Lift” once served like “rotat­ing” and “lift­ing” train bridge across riv­er New Meuse. The bridge was in ser­vice before the rail tun­nel has been dogged through under the riv­er

⇒ De Boeg

The war memo­r­i­al placed at right embank­ment of the riv­er New Meuse. It com­mem­o­rates the 3500 per­sons on board of Dutch mer­chant ships who lost their lives in World War II.

⇒ Leuwhaven Mar­itime Muse­um

An open air mar­itime muse­um. The great col­lec­tion of steamships, dock­ing car­go machines and equip­ment, ship engines and oth­er objects relat­ed to or con­nect­ed with the navy and ship­ping from the mid­dle of the 19th cen­tu­ry to 70’s of the last cen­tu­ry.

⇒ Eras­mus Bridge

This hang­ing bridge is the youngest bridge in Rot­ter­dam cross­ing New Meuse…and for sure the most pop­u­lar and known bridge. One of the great­est sym­bols and images of this city also called “The Swan” or ” The Harp” , 139m high with the biggest and heav­i­est “open­ing part” of the bridge in Europe, 80 m long.

⇒ boat trans­port from Rot­ter­dam to Kinderdijk, ca. 45 min…

⇒ Kinderdijk

Pic­turesque are­al with 19 unique and authen­tic pold­er wind­mills from the first half of 18th cen­tu­ry dis­tanced 25 km away from Rot­ter­dam. The best exam­ple of effi­cient and well orga­nized Dutch water man­age­ment through the cen­turies

⇒ boat trans­port from Kinderdijk to Rot­ter­dam , ca. 45 min…

    

Tour price

The price of this tour: € 380 .
Tour takes approx­i­mate­ly 7–8 hours.
Tour includes drink and local snacks with­in or after the tour, and trans­porta­tion costs ( retour boat tick­ets) from Rot­ter­dam to Kinderdijk for up to 4 per­sons.