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A few weeks ago I was in Berlin, which has a huge number of excellent walking tours, many of which are free (you pay a tip at the end). These covered the usual sights, as well as some more interesting less common things. At home in Oxford, your practically can't walk down Broad Street without tripping over a group waiting for one of the few different (again mostly free) walking tours to start.

I'm going to be in Rotterdam this weekend, and I was hoping to find something similar there. However, I haven't been able to find evidence of such tours there! I can find details of self-guided ones, but I ideally want to find one with someone leading a group around offering commentary, pointing out interesting things, answering questions etc.

Do such tours exist in Rotterdam? Or have I just been spoilt by Berlin and Oxford into thinking they're very common, when in fact they're perhaps a bit of an exception?

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What do you want to see in Rotterdam? Just the city center, or do you have any special interest? I am not aware of tours, as Rotterdam is not really touristic, but I wonder if there is any :) –  Bernhard Jun 27 '13 at 18:07
    
It has some interesting architecture, so I'd expected there would be something covering some of the history of the city, and something of the more unusual/different buildings. Or something vaguely like that! –  Gagravarr Jun 27 '13 at 18:25
    
Not an official tour, but still a good option: If you're a member of Couchsurfing you could ask in the Rotterdam group if someone is willing to give you a tour. –  Bart Arondson Jun 27 '13 at 22:47
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There are at least a couple of options for private tours. It implies that you may be the only ones, potentially, but at least you'd have a leader to show you around, and if you have others they could come too.

Firstly, there's the Rotterdam Walking Tour:

Discover the secrets of Rotterdam with a knowledgeable local guide (3hrs walk)

And more promisingly, Gilde Rotterdam Guided Tours:

Gilde Rotterdam organizes city walks guided by senior citizens. These guides will elaborate from personal experience about life in the city and about the differences between Rotterdam of old and the modern-day metropolis. There are several walking routes in all parts of the city and two bicycle routes.

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Your second link is broken unfortunately. –  Bernhard Jul 4 '13 at 6:28
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@Bernhard hmm, no, if you mouse over it you'll see a : in the middle - unfortunately SE is changing that to a %3a and having messing it up. I'll raise it with support. –  Mark Mayo Jul 4 '13 at 6:35
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@Bernhard - hopefully someone will provide me with a workaround or fix. Thanks for letting me know! –  Mark Mayo Jul 4 '13 at 6:39
    
I suggest bit.ly for these cases, not an ideal solution, but it works. –  Bernhard Jul 4 '13 at 7:58
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I saw that was the exact same hack that was suggested on your meta-question :) –  Bernhard Jul 4 '13 at 7:59
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