This post lists the best free walking tours you can take in Rotterdam, a city in The Netherlands known for its postmodern architecture.
WHAT ARE FREE WALKING TOURS?
These walking tour companies offer guided, pay-what-you-like walks, which means there is no set fee to join a tour. You can pay what you wish or what you could afford at the end of the tour.
This means that during the busy season, these affordable walks are generally at capacity.
While tour guides for free tours are entertaining and knowledgeable about their cities, the walks' affordability means the group sizes are quite large.
Free walking tours in Rotterdam give an overview of the city centre, which includes the quirky architecture, the most popular street art, and a historical summary.
So, for travelers who want to take tours with fewer people or with a specific, in-depth focus, we recommend paid small group tours.
TIP: If you want to cover more ground, you can take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour through the city! These tours come with audio guides in up to five different languages and make stops at the Museum Park and historic neighborhoods.
FREE TOURS WITH THE ROTTERDAM WELCOME CARD
If you’re considering buying an attraction discount pass, the Rotterdam Welcome Card offers 25% - 30% off of guided walking, bike, and boat tours in the city.
WALKING TOURS IN ROTTERDAM
Here is a list of companies that provide pay-what-you-like walking tours in the city.
Free Walking Tour Rotterdam
Free Walking Tour Rotterdam focuses on the city's postmodern and interesting architecture as well as its history as a trading powerhouse and the ways it has rebuilt since the WWII bombing.
The 2-hour walk begins every day at 13:30 (1:30 pm), with an additional start time on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 am.
This walking tour with IdTours will give you a 2-hour overview of Rotterdam. It starts at Market Hall every Saturday and Sunday at 13:00 (1:00 pm).
The local guides will take you past the yellow Cube Houses, the Zadkine war memorial, interesting street art, and City Hall.
Free Tours by Students
During the summer holidays, Free Tours by Students hosts walks through Rotterdam with a focus on local history and culture.
You'll learn about colonial history, how the city used canals and windmills to try to protect themselves from the water levels of the sea, and rebuilding after WWII.
SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS
Self-guided walking tours are perfect for when you prefer to explore the city at your own pace or if you cannot find the right option for your schedule.
Either way, here are some written guides to Rotterdam that will allow you to be your own guide.
Rotterdam Routes App
The city of Rotterdam has a free app available in both Dutch and English that provides audio tours through the city.
You can pick routes with different focuses, such as street art, the Delfshaven neighborhood, and the Erasmus route.
Solo Sophie Self-Guided Walk
The Solo Sophie blog offers a 1-hour walk starting from the Rotterdam Centraal Station. Sophie also gives suggestions for places to find some snacks or a great full meal if you need to re-fuel part of the way through your walk.