Rotterdam City Hall Tours

Rotterdam is famous around the world for its modern architecture, but this quirky feature came about by obligation rather than by imagination. The vast majority of the city was turned to ashes during the destructive Rotterdam Blitz by the German Air Force of 14 May 1940, but one building miraculously survived: the City Hall. Built between 1914 and 1940 as per Queen Wilhelmina’s request, it has a symmetrical design and a sober Renaissance style that is not without resemblance to other Dutch city halls. It features and four wings and a small interior courtyard, as well as two statues on either side of the main entrance: the ‘Portier’ (doorman) and the ‘Fiscus’ (tax collector); there are ten other statues scattered around the city hall’s gardens, each representing Rotterdam’s values and virtues. The most striking part of the building, however, is the 70-meter high tower featuring a clock, a bell, and an angel of peace. During the holiday season, Rotterdam's biggest Christmas tree is set up in front of the City Hall.

Practical Info

Rotterdam City Hall is is located at Coolsingel 40, opposite Stadhuisplein. It can be reached by metro via lines D and E (stop Stadhuis), or by tram via lines 21, 23, and 24 (stop Stadhuis). Although it is open Monday to Saturday between 8:30 AM to 5 PM, self-guided visits are not allowed. Guided tours must be booked at the local tourist office.
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Address: Coolsingel 40, Rotterdam 3011 AD, Netherlands
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Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-5pm
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Bike Tour of Rotterdam

Get a more intimate glimpse into Rotterdam, widely hailed as the Netherlands’ second city, on a bike tour that provides a comprehensive overview ideal for first-time visitors. You’ll travel between top Rotterdam attractions without getting lost and stop at points of interest without the hassle of parking. Plus, your guide provides ample restaurant and bar recommendations to enhance your experience of the city.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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City Sightseeing Rotterdam Hop On Hop Off Tour

Discover Rotterdam, known as the Netherlands’ ‘second city,’ at your own pace on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour, valid for 24- or 48-hours. Soak up the surreal avant-garde architecture, pretty canals, daring art, and quirky shopfronts as you cruise around the city aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. Hop on and off at your leisure to visit the Euromast observation tower, Museumpark, Eramusburg (Erasmus Bridge), and other top sights. A complimentary audio guide in five languages is included.
  • Duration: 24 to 48 hrs
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Private Rotterdam Architecture Walking Tour

After being flattened by bombs in World War II, Rotterdam reinvented itself. Where once the quintessential tall houses stood, surrealist architecture, modern art installations and landmark buildings popped up, transforming the Netherlands’ second city into ‘the city of the future.’ On this private, 2-hour walking tour, you’ll learn about the city’s unique architecture from your own personal guide, and see the city’s most impressive buildings, including Rotterdam Market Hall (Markthal), the eye-catching cube houses and Rotterdam Central Station.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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