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Things to do in Rotterdam

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Rotterdam: Harbour Boat Tour

1. Rotterdam: Harbour Boat Tour

Embark on a round-trip city cruise of Rotterdam to see one of the world's most innovative ports in the world. See the busy traffic of sea-going and inland ships, listen to informative commentary via an audio guide, and admire the city's impressive skyline as its imposing buildings glide by. Start your boat tour from Willemsplein. Get a unique perspective of the harbor's shipyards, docks, and the hypermodern transshipping of thousands of containers. On the way back, soak in views of the steamship 'Rotterdam', the former cruise flagship of shipping company Holland America Line.

Rotterdam: "Remastered" Digital Art Audiovisual Experience

2. Rotterdam: "Remastered" Digital Art Audiovisual Experience

Experience the old Dutch Masters reimagined by the new Dutch Masters. Discover a new digital art audiovisual world created by the best Dutch digital artists.  March up with Jeroen Bosch's eerie creatures. Immerse yourself in the colorful scenes of Van Gogh and dance to the beats of Mondrian's "Victory Boogie Woogie." This unique 60-minute experience includes walking through a waterfall, making your own UFO fly on a gigantic LED screen, interacting with schools of fish and sailing through the clouds. The digital wonders of the world Over 1,500 square meters includes 60 state-of-the-art projectors, 50 loudspeakers, 15 km of cables, the largest indoor LED screen in Europe with 245 million pixels and a 20,000-pixels resolution.  Enjoy one of the best views of the skyline of Rotterdam from a terrace located under the Erasmus Bridge. Playground Create your own 3D digital art by drawing and scanning your image. It will be displayed on Europe's biggest indoor LED screen. Push the buttons to make Godzilla appear! Or maybe even rainbows, octopuses, rain, confetti and falling stars. Waterfall Enter the Digital World through the tide. Let waves of LED guide you through the waterfall and enter the dark. Blackout Alley It’s your first encounter with some of the creatures by Jeroen Bosch; get below the surface and hear the sounds of what lives underneath. Underworld Dive without the need for scuba equipment. Interact with thousands of fish and admire their serenity. Dripping Cave and Elevator Step out the water into the dripping cave and get into the elevator which will take you to the clouds. Overworld Walk through the clouds and gaze at the birds dancing in flocks. Step into the boat and sail over the clouds. Speculum: Eden, Paradise and Hell Enter the garden of earthly delights. Remastered Relax and enjoy the show! Earth Back to our planet. Let’s take care of it!

Rotterdam: 1-Hour Sightseeing Splash Tour

3. Rotterdam: 1-Hour Sightseeing Splash Tour

Take a tour of the city to see the most exceptional and beautiful places in Rotterdam, followed by a thrilling splash — a spectacular dive into the Maas River. Suddenly the bus turns into a seaworthy vessel, sailing down the river with spectacular views of the city skyline.  Board the amphibious bus in the center of Rotterdam and enjoy a 1-hour sightseeing tour that takes you past the city’s highlights. Learn about the history of this port town from your expert guide, or through the multilingual audio commentary available on board.

Rotterdam: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

4. Rotterdam: Euromast Lookout Tower Ticket

The Euromast is Rotterdam's icon. At 600-feet high, it’s the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and an essential part of the skyline of the city. Discover amazing stories about the city using our Magnicity app. Take incredible photos and marvel at the unique view of Rotterdam. When the weather allows it you can see up to 18 miles in the distance and at night you can see the stars come to life. Enjoy your visit to Euromast for a brunch, lunch, dinner, high tea, or high wine at 300 feet high in the brasserie. In the coffee corner on the ground floor, you’ll find some the best coffee in Rotterdam. You can also enjoy fresh pastries, a warm panini, or a wrap. Get an adrenaline rush by adding a ticket to the Euroscoop. Enjoy dizzying views of Rotterdam from a rotating elevator 185 meters in the air on the outside of the Euromast.

Rotterdam: Pancake Cruise

5. Rotterdam: Pancake Cruise

In a relaxed atmosphere, enjoy a mixture of sightseeing and culinary adventure with this pancake cruise along the waterways of Rotterdam. Feast on freshly baked natural, apple and bacon pancakes and a plethora of garnishes such as cheese, ham, fruits, jams and eggs. How many pancakes can you eat in-75 minutes? You'll find out on this tour.  For the younger guests, there is a large playroom filled with balls in the hold of the boat. Also colouring pictures and colour pencils. Plenty of fun is to be had for people of all ages. As you sail across the Rotterdam waters, you will have a beautiful view over the impressive skyline. From the water you can not miss the famous and bold architecture of Rotterdam’s large buildings!

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

6. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

See the best of Holland on a day-long tour that includes a visit to Rotterdam, and the old port with its charming yellow houses. Take a river cruise, visit the food market, stop in Delft and tour The Hague. Begin your tour with a drive to Rotterdam, famous for its modern architecture. During the city tour, drive along the banks of the river Maas, to the old port and the remarkable yellow cube houses. Embark on an amazing 1-hour river cruise and then visit the famous food market. Continue on to Delft for lunch (not included) and a visit to the Royal Delft Manufactory, the last remaining Dutch ceramic factory from the 17th century. Take a city tour of The Hague, where you will see the beautiful Houses of Parliament, the working palace of the Dutch king, and the Peace Palace. The last stop, before heading back to Amsterdam, will be at the miniature town Madurodam.

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise with Live Guide & Optional Coffee

7. Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise with Live Guide & Optional Coffee

Relax and see Rotterdam's most spectacular landmarks as you sail down the Maas River on a round trip boat cruise with live commentary and a bar with drinks and snacks. Find a place inside the cozy salon or sit on the open deck. Start your cruise from the Parkhaven under the Euromast. The boat will pass by the Sint Jobshaven, the Waalhaven, and the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, home to Onderzeebootloods. Spot the container ships if you are lucky. See the famous cruise ship SS Rotterdam and the Hotel New York where the Holland America Line used to be housed. Enjoy the skyline of downtown Rotterdam, as you approach one of the most famous city landmarks, the Erasmus bridge.

Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise and Euromast Entry Ticket

8. Rotterdam: Harbor Cruise and Euromast Entry Ticket

Relax and see Rotterdam's most spectacular landmarks as you sail down the Maas River on a harbor round cruise with live commentary and a bar with drinks and snacks. Find a place inside the cozy salon or sit on the open deck. Start your cruise from the Parkhaven under the Euromast. Pass by the Sint Jobshaven, the Waalhaven, and the Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij, home to Onderzeebootloods. Keep an eye out for the massive container ships. See the famous cruise ship SS Rotterdam and Hotel New York. Enjoy the skyline of downtown Rotterdam as you approach one of the most famous city landmarks, the Erasmus bridge. Experience a relaxing alternative to sightseeing in Rotterdam- a perfect way to see the city free of traffic noise and congestion. After the cruise, receive your ticket to visit the Euromast. Make your way up the glass elevator of the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and enjoy breathing panoramic views from 185 meters up in the air.

Rotterdam: Rotterdam Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

9. Rotterdam: Rotterdam Zoo Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit Rotterdam Zoo and see fascinating animals that feel perfectly at home in specially-imitated natural landscapes. Avoid the long lines and explore one of Europe’s most beautiful zoos. Rotterdam Zoo supports a number of conservation projects in the wild and actively participates in many breeding programmes for endangered species and is one of the international top ten of zoos in this field. Dive into Oceanium and take a magical voyage over the bottom of the sea and along coastal regions, meeting many marine and coastal inhabitants such as fish (from herring to sharks), puffins, snakes and a large group of king penguins. Discover beautiful butterfly paradise Amazonica where you'll experience tropical temperatures, fragrant flowers, thousands of colorful South American butterflies, the awesome anaconda and greedy piranhas.  In Africa, an exciting path takes you safely past a group of large crocodiles! Once you’re at the top of the path, stand eye to eye with the giraffes. At a safe altitude, admire the other inhabitants of the new savanna such as hyenas, kudus, ostriches and zebras. On the African Gorilla Island, you will be delighted by Bokito’s playful gorilla family. ...and much more! On top of these experiences, see a rare species of forest giraffe, take a voyage through Asian marshes, and discover the Ice Cave for a magnificent view of polar bears.

Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

10. Rotterdam Highlights 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

See Rotterdam from a local perspective, traveling the cycle friendly streets by bike. Join an enthusiastic guide on a tour of Rotterdam’s old and new landmarks, and learn practically everything you need to know about the city and why it is so unique. Available as a group or private option, all tours start from the striking new Rotterdam Centraal Station, completed in 2014 after a decade-long reconstruction. See the imposing City Hall (Stadhuis), and the dramatic new Markthal (Market Hall). Go into the Kop van Zuid district on the south bank of the Nieuwe Maas. Marvel at some of the new developments of the old port area, along with landmark buildings such as the Hotel New York in the former headquarters of Holland America. Admire the Erasmusbridge that connects the north and south of the city, cycle through 2 beautiful parks, and pass some of the city’s most important museums. Stop for a coffee break at a unique location. Get a better idea of the layout of the city, improving your experience when walking or cycling here during the rest of your stay.

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Great experience. You will be greeted warmly at the entrance and the process will be explained to you. There is a small cloakroom and a bar. You can take the drinks with you, but I didn't see a waste bin between the different exhibition stations... so hold on to the end. There are three rooms with video installations and then a large room with a show. In the first room you are under water, then above the clouds. The third room shows strange figures reminiscent of desires, imagination and even hell. The main room hosts a great show of sounds, modern and ancient art, and beats. A great experience. also suitable for children.

Great communication from the Bike & bite team to organise the tour as we initally did not have enough people for the tour. Even in the rain our tour guide Rob was enthusiastic. He was happy to share his stories and experiences of Rotterdam with us. The route was easy to ride, coffee, beer and food stops were all fantastic. Would definitely recommend this tour

Going up the euromast was an excellent experience, the tour guide on the euroscoop was polite and helpful whilst speaking excellent English and the city skyline at night was gorgeous. Would most definitely go again!,

It was a fun tour. Saw a lot of places and will book another tour.

Enjoyed the route, guide and foremost the timetable.