Rotterdam is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Rotterdam one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Rotterdam is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Rotterdam or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Rotterdam. Explore the historical monuments of Rotterdam with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Rotterdam guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Rotterdam page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Rotterdam landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Rotterdam.
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Grotekerkplein 27, 3011 GC Rotterdam, Netherlands
11:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Laurenskerk is a church built from mid 15th century to early 16th century and is the only Medieval building in Rotterdam that has survived its war history and urban growth. In the mid 17th century, the church’s spire was damaged severely due to poor quality of wood and soon the addition of stone and stacks were added under the tower to he...
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Coolsingel 40, 3011 AD Rotterdam, Netherlands
08:30 am - 05:00 pm
The City Hall Rotterdam was built in the early 20th century and is one of the few buildings in Rotterdam city which escaped the World War II bombings. The building was built to accommodate the spaces which the previous council hall could not. Henri Evers designed the building keeping Romanesque, Byzantine and Art-deco as the influences while Beaux-...
Museum Rotterdam depicts the story of Rotterdam’s past including its role and suffering during the World War II. The exhibits are self-explanatory and include a range of videos which describe just what it was to live in Rotterdam during the 1940’s.
Before and After photos of the 1940’s Bombings.
Copies of bomb...
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Museumpark 18, 3015 CX Rotterdam, Netherlands
11:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has a fine collection of art pieces dating from the Middle ages to 21st century and consists of sculptures, paintings and everyday objects. The museum has exquisite collection for artists like Bosch, Rembrandt, Dali, Van Gogh and bathes in its Dutch art history like no other place in the country.
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Oudehaven, Rotterdam, Netherland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Old Harbour was built in the 14th century and till today the historic ships of the Harbour Museum of Rotterdam are moored here.
The harbour also has a shipyard where ships are renovated and a fleet of ships are always lined here, giving the place a rather historic feel. The old harbor also accommodates modern places like the Cube Houses which c...
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Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Witte de Withstraat runs between the Schiedamsevest and Eendrachtsweg area and was named after an Admiral in the late 19th century.
The street was known for its many illegal activities like gambling and pubs which were known for their not-so-safe reputation. Today the modern Witte de With straat is a whole different place with cool cafes, fancy...
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Weena 745, 3013 AL Rotterdam, Netherlands
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Miniworld Rotterdam is a miniature exhibition hall where you can see some stunningly detailed miniatures of real world places complete with surrounding influences.
The Rotterdam miniatures cover the Rotterdam Port and the Water Port and is simply a good way to see the city literally from a bird’s eye view!
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Plein 1940, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The ‘Destroyed city’ is a monument in Rotterdam made by sculpture Zadkine to signify the loss of the city during the Second World War when the Germans damaged the city severely.
Ossip Zadkine is a celebrated Russian/French sculptor and artist of the 20th century known for expressing the world around through his sculptures and even paint...
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Eendrachtsplein 4, 3012 LA Rotterdam, Netherlands
Originally made to depict Santa Claus with a Christmas Tree in his hand, the statue got way to may sexual references and soon the ‘Leprechaun Butt-plug’ got more popular than any other name. Take a picture of the iconic yet funny statue and you have something unique to remember Rotterdam by for sure.
The statue is located at Eendrachtsp...
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Wijnhaven 7 -13, 3011 WH Rotterdam, Netherlands
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Know all about the history and journey of the Dutch Marines by visiting the Mariniers Museum. The museum showcases and depicts the story of the country’s turbulent past- including the World War II and the recent Afghanistan mission.
If you like war history and would like to see the weapons, official Marine uniform used across ages and other h...
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Museumpark 11, Rotterdam, Netherlands
11:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Chabot Museum is dedicated to Hendrik Chabot- a famous Dutch sculptor and painter. The museum is accommodated in a white Villa built in 1930’s and is a National Monument itself.
The museum showcases art works from the 1920s from the Schortemeijer collection, works from the time period of the Second World War and exclusive art pieces from ...
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Van Nelleweg 1, 3044 BC Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Van Nelle Factory is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful modern building not just in Rotterdam but in the world!
The factory topped in the list of the ‘25 Most Beautiful Factories in the World’ and was designed by architect Leendert van der Vlugt.
The factory was one of the major factories in Rotterdam to proc...
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Stationsplein 45, 3013 AK Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Groot Handelsgebouw is one of the major buildings built after the Second World War and marked a fresh beginning for businesses in Rotterdam since most of them where lost during the war.
Today the massive building and its larger-than-life architecture is home to some of the biggest offices. The building was a result of a sketch made by Frits Po ...
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Leuvehoofd, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Leuvehoofd Park is located on the river side and overlooks the Earsmus bridge. The park is loved for its green grass, sufficient benches to sit on and simply take the spectacular waterside view.
‘The Bow’ monument which is built in memory of the 3500 sailors who lost their lives during the World War II.
Take a ...
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3071 Rotterdam, Netherlands
The De Hef is a railway lift-bridge which runs over the Royal Harbour and was built in the late 19th century. The bridge was designed in 1927 (first of its kind in Europe) and was a main location for a movie made in 1928.
Today, the bridge is no longer funtional but is a monument which keeps the history alive in Rotterdam’s fast-paced urban s...