Rotterdam is a young city by European standards. The city was essentially obliterated when 1,150 50-kilogram and 158 250-kilogram bombs were dropped during the Rotterdam Blitz on May 14, 1940. Most of the 97 tons of bombs hit and ignited buildings in the heart of the city and uncontrollable fires rapidly spread. The firestorm was only worsened by fierce winds blowing through the city in the days following.
Rotterdam rebuilt in an almost hodge-podge of modern architecture and with its’ soaring sky scrapers has come to be known as the ‘Manhattan on the Maas’. From the swan-like Erasmus Bridge to one of the world’s largest ports, a trip down the river is the best way to take in the city’s unique skyline. I could never remember all of the details we learned on our Spido Harbor Tour, but here are some of our favorite shots from one of the only sunny days we had during our trip to Holland:
Know Before You Go
- The Spido Harbor Tour leaves multiple times daily from Willemsplein 85 at the base of the Erasmus Bridge; check the timetable.
- The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes
- Tickets are €10.75 per adult and €6.60 per child ages 4 – 11. A 25% discount voucher is available with the Rotterdam Welcome Card
- The Rotterdam Welcome Card is valid for 1, 2, or 3 consecutive days and is good for unlimited travel on metro, trams, and buses, plus comes with hundreds of discounts and freebies across the city.
- Find more things to do in Rotterdam from Sofie at Wonderful Wanderings
Thank you to Rotterdam Tourism for providing us with 3 Day Rotterdam Welcome Cards. As always, all opinions are entirely our own.