A ramble around Rotterdam

Markthal, Rotterdam, January 2020

We’ll set out for our ramble from the Markthal. It’s easy to get to (just a short walk from Blaak Station) and its size and shape make it hard to miss.

I joined one of Rotterdam’s free guided walks from here and thoroughly enjoyed it. It gave me a good overview of the history of the city, and showed me all of the key sites, plus tips on other things to do. I’m not going to give full details of the tour route as I don’t want to divulge their secrets; just be sure to join one of their walks when you get to wonderful Rotterdam.

So instead of a step-by-step walk, I’ll give you a selection of photos, most of which I took in a hurry as I was too busy listening to really concentrate on the camera – and I don’t often resist the subtleties of the shutter button!

Laurenskerk – badly damaged in the 1940 bombing, but renovated

Monument to Desiderius Erasmus, humanist, theologian and philosopher born in Rotterdam in 1467

The tour ended at the yellow Cube Houses, just a short walk across the square from the Markthal. They are worth a good explore (one is open as a museum if you want to pop in when the walk finishes).

The balcony at the back gives good views onto the Oudehaven and the red bridge Willemsbrug.

Book your free walking tour with freewalkingtourrotterdam.com
This is not a sponsored blog post, it is my personal recommendation.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 17 February 2020

Posted as part of Jo’s Monday Walks

14 thoughts on “A ramble around Rotterdam

  1. I loved Rotterdam, but looking at your photos I just noticed the Markthal has a heart in the window! The city actually really took me by surprise with the amazing architecture though, not what I had expected at all.

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    1. It had changed so much in recent years that I didn’t recognise it. I was there in run up to Valentines Day, hence the heart 🙂
      A great fun and friendly city – I will be back. One day!!


  2. We always try to do a free walking tour in a strange city, Debs. It helps you orientate and if you only have a short time gives you a great flavour of a place. Rotterdam does indeed look a good one to explore. Haven’t even been to Amsterdam yet. The dams are ganging up on me 🙂 🙂 Thanks a lot for linking, hon!

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        1. I think he’d enjoy a visit to Rotterdam. Although their first attempt at rebuilding after the war was rushed and not very attractive, they have really turned it around in the last 10-20 years

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  3. I’m a huge fan of the ‘free’ walking tours, even though of course you pay-as-you-feel. They’re hugely informative as well as often being a little idiosyncratic. This one looks a goodie. I’ll remember it later this year. Rotterdam will only be a stopover, but maybe we should engineer longer.

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