Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #3 in Rotterdam, Netherlands


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 20 sights
Distance 8.3 km
Ascend 134 m
Descend 113 m

Explore Rotterdam in Netherlands with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Individual Sights in Rotterdam

Sight 1: De Lelie

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De Lelie is an 8-sided scaffolding mill from 1740 located on the Kralingse Plas in Rotterdam, next to windmill De Ster. In these two windmills, which were built as snuff mills, spices are still ground.

Wikipedia: De Lelie (Rotterdam) (NL), Website

95 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 2: De Ster

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This star is an octagonal theorem mill in 1866, which is located by the bead lake of rock dam and adjacent to Lily Mill. In these two windmills, snuff and spices are still ground.

Wikipedia: De Ster (Rotterdam) (NL), Website

937 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 3: Hoflaankerk

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The Hoflaankerk on the corner of Hoflaan and Oudedijk is the oldest church building in the Rotterdam district of Kralingen. It was built in 1842 as a Waterstaatskerk diagonally opposite the former town hall, which stood on the corner of the 's-Gravenweg and the Kortekade at the quadrangle. The architect was Arend Roodenburg, head teacher of Architecture at the Royal Academy in The Hague. The address of the national monument is Hoflaan 1.

Wikipedia: Hoflaankerk (NL)

1671 meters / 20 minutes

Sight 4: Mariniersmonument

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The Marine memorial is a war memorial on Oostplein in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It commemorates and thanks the Netherlands Marine Corps who fought hard for the city in the Battle of the Netherlands.

Wikipedia: Marine memorial (EN)

770 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 5: Kubuswoningen

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The cube houses in Rotterdam are 38 cube-shaped stilt houses and 13 company cubes at the Blaak near the Oude Haven. They were built between 1982 and 1984, after an initial presentation of the plans in 1978. Piet Blom's design is a variant of the Helmond cube house in a slightly larger size grid. The viaduct on one high is officially called the Overblaak, but the entire complex is known as the Blaakse Bos. The cube houses are built in the form of a tilted cube on a pole, and are also called stilt house or tree house.

Wikipedia: Kubuswoningen (Rotterdam) (NL)

148 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: Centrale Bibliotheek

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The Central Library Rotterdam is the central public library of Rotterdam, and headquarters of the Library Rotterdam organization. It was designed by Jaap Bakema and Hans Boot, and put into use in 1983.

Wikipedia: Centrale Bibliotheek Rotterdam (NL)

387 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 7: De Maagd van Holland

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De Maagd van Holland

The Virgin of Holland is a statue in the center of the Dutch city of Rotterdam, on the Nieuwemarkt on the Gedempte Botersloot. It is a monument erected in honor of the capture of Den Briel by the Watergeuzen on April 1, 1572. The statue, unveiled in 1874 and officially nicknamed the Statue of Liberty, was intended as a central backdrop to the lavish annual April 1 celebrations. It was created by Joseph Graven.

Wikipedia: De Maagd van Holland (NL)

322 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 8: Desiderius Erasmus

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The Statue of Erasmus is a public monument by Hendrick de Keyser in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Wikipedia: Statue of Erasmus (EN)

460 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 9: Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp

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Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp

Gijsbert Karel, Count van Hogendorp was a liberal conservative and liberal Dutch statesman. He was the brother of Dirk van Hogendorp the elder and the father of Dirk van Hogendorp the younger.

Wikipedia: Gijsbert Karel van Hogendorp (EN)

233 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 10: De gestileerde bloem

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De gestileerde bloemJon Gos from Atlanta, GA, Unites States / CC BY 2.0

The stylized flower is a nickname of the untitled Dutch artwork at the entrance of the Bijenkorf in Rotterdam, designed by Naum Gabo. It is considered the most important work in his oeuvre. In the walk, the statue is called "the thing".

Wikipedia: De gestileerde bloem (NL)

319 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 11: Het Schielandshuis

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Het Schielandshuis

The Schielandshuis is a building from the 17th century in the center of Rotterdam on the Korte Hoogstraat. It was built between 1662 and 1665 by order of the Schieland water board.

Wikipedia: Het Schielandshuis (NL)

332 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 12: De verwoeste stad

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De verwoeste stad F.Eveleens / CC BY 3.0

The Destroyed City is a bronze memorial sculpture in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. It commemorates the German bombing of Rotterdam on 14 May 1940, which destroyed the medieval centre of the city. Unveiled in 1953, it was designated as a Dutch national monument (Rijksmonument) in 2010. It is the largest sculpture by the Russian-born French sculptor Ossip Zadkine, his best known work, and the best known sculpture in Rotterdam.

Wikipedia: The Destroyed City (EN)

72 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: Kids Marina

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Kids Marina S.J. de Waard / CC BY-SA 3.0

Kids Marina is a children's port where electric boats sail in the heart of Rotterdam.

Wikipedia: Kids Marina (NL)

241 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 14: Havenmuseum

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The Port Museum is located in and at the Leuvehaven in the South Holland city of Rotterdam. The museum collection includes ships, harbour cranes and other objects related to the port from the period 1850-1970. The Port Museum merged with the Maritime Museum Rotterdam in September 2014. Both museums will be merged under the name Maritime Museum Rotterdam.

Wikipedia: Havenmuseum (NL)

469 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 15: El Trotamundos

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El trotamundos is a mural in the Cool district of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The mural was created in 2007 by Chilean artist Jorge Kata Nuñez.

Wikipedia: El trotamundos (NL)

153 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 16: Kunstinstituut Melly

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Kunstinstituut Melly Bob Goedewaagen / CC BY 3.0

Kunstinstituut Melly is a contemporary art gallery located in a former school building on Witte de Withstraat, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It was founded in 1990 and originally named after the street it was located on. It presents curated exhibitions, symposiums, live events, educational programs, and has a separate art literature publishing arm.

Wikipedia: Kunstinstituut Melly (EN), Website

413 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 17: Chabot Museum

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Chabot Museum

The Chabot Museum is a museum dedicated to the Dutch painter and sculptor Hendrik Chabot in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The museum is housed in a monumental villa in the Museumpark, near the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Netherlands Architecture Institute.

Wikipedia: Chabot Museum (EN)

120 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 18: Sonneveldhuis

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House Sonneveld in the South Holland city of Rotterdam was built between 1932 and 1933 by architect Leendert van der Vlugt of Bureau Brinkman & van der Vlugt on behalf of A. H. Sonneveld, then member of the board of the Rotterdam company Erven De Weduwe J. van Nelle. Huis Sonneveld, together with the nearby Huis Boevé designed by the same architect in the same style, is a national monument.

Wikipedia: Huis Sonneveld (NL), Website

387 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 19: Fikkie

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Fikkie is a statue of artist Joeki Simák, located on the Oude Binnenweg in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The statue was presented to the city in 1963 in honor of the 10th lustrum of the Rotterdamsch Studenten Corps (RSC). The statue was unveiled on 16 November 1963 by Karel Paul van der Mandele, then chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Netherlands School of Economics (NEH). The statue Fikkie symbolizes the comparison with students: young and headstrong.

Wikipedia: Fikkie (Rotterdam) (NL)

751 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 20: De Doelen

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De Doelen is a concert venue and convention centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It was originally built in 1934 but then destroyed in 1940 during the German bombardment of Rotterdam in May 1940 at the outset of World War II. It was rebuilt in 1966, originally with one hall to which two more were added in the 1990s.

Wikipedia: De Doelen (EN)


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