Rotterdam audio tour: Rotterdam running and walking tour: from the Swan to the Maritime Museum

Rotterdam running and walking tour: from the Swan to the Maritime Museum

Running Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

See a different side of Rotterdam Centrum and its sights on a running tour of the striking city that I’m proud to call home. You’ll hear how Rotterdam developedalong the Rotte, a far smaller river than the Nieuwe Maas, which is often mistaken as its historical heart. Starting and ending at the Marathonbeeld (the Marathon Statue), you’ll travel over many of the city’s iconic bridges including the Swan, Queens Bridge, and Willemsbrug, once a World War II frontline. Along the way, I’ll show you the Rotterdam building complex, a city within a city, and Koningshaven Bridge (or, ‘The Hef’) which was part of the railway line that the Germans used to transport people to concentration camps during the war.

You’ll pass Loods 24 and its World War II memorial, the Cube Houses, and Noordereiland, known locally as Montmartre on the Maas because of all the artists working in the area. You’ll also wind your way around City Hall, the Post Office, and the Maritime Museum. While you run, I’ll tell you about the many nicknames Rotterdammers have for things, including an artwork that’s known as the Laundry Line, and a shopping street affectionately called the Shopping Gutter.

Other highlights on this tour include:

• Spotting City Hall’s World War II bullet holes
• Seeing Schielandshuis, the hotel Napoleon once stayed in
• Taking in the oldest port in the city
• Hearing about the only medieval and 17th century building left in the city center, Laurenschurch
• Learning why May 14, 1940 is such an important date in Rotterdam’s history
• Finding out where to get the best apple pie
• Discovering the origins of the ‘hooker bridge’
• Understanding who Mr Pincoffs was and how he aided the city’s development

This tour is about 5,5 kilometers and can be done at your own pace. It includes several stops where you can catch your breath, take pictures, enjoy the view, and soak up all that this city has to offer. Give yourself between 45 minutes to an hour to complete the tour. By the end, we hope that you’ll have fallen in love with the city like we have, and maybe you’ll even be tempted to run the Rotterdam Marathon!

Tour Producer


Anne Groenewege

Born in Rotterdam, studied in Rotterdam, now living and running in Rotterdam!

After three Rotterdam marathons, she ran a few races in other countries where she loved to explore the particular city while running. As she wanted to prevent other runners from missing awesome hotspots in her own town Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Sightrunning Tours was born!

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Major Landmarks

  • Marathon Statue

  • The Swan

  • Loods 24

  • The Hef

  • The Willemsbridge

  • The Old Port

  • The Cube houses

  • Noordereiland

  • The Laurenschurch

  • City Hall

  • The Post Office

  • The Koopgoot

  • Schielandshuis

  • Maritime Museum

Directions to Starting Point

Starting point is at the Marathon statue at Willemsplein 77 Rotterdam.

By car:
You can easily park your car in the adjacent city parking garage De Erasmusbrug. For navigation systems, use the address "Gedempte Zalmhaven". When you come out via the Willemsplein exit, you will see the Marathon statue on your left.

By train:
The closest trainstation is Rotterdam Central Station. Please visit to plan your journey by train.

Metro / subway:
From Rotterdam Central Station, take metro line D with final destination ‘Slinge’ or ‘De Akkers’. Exit at ‘Leuvehaven’ metro station. Leave the metro station and walk 200 meters towards the Erasmusbridge. When you cross the street you will see the marathon statue right in front of you.

From Rotterdam Central Station, take tram line 8 towards ‘Spangen’, tram line 23 towards ‘Beverwaard’ or tram line 25 towards ‘Carnisselande’. Exit at ‘Leuvehaven’ tram station and when you cross the street you will see the marathon statue right in front of you.

OV chip card:
The OV chip card is the only valid travel pass for public transport in Rotterdam and the majority of the Netherlands. Visit for more information.

Journey planner:
Please visit to plan your public transport journey.

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Places to stop along the way

At the start and finish location you find restaurant Prachtig right under the Erasmusbridge, with a big terrace next to it. It's a nice place for a drink and a meal.
Halfway the tour you'll pass Restaurant Dudok, where you definitely need to stop for apple pie.
Make sure you have a few spare days to visit areas you will pass during the tour, such as 'Katendrecht', 'Oude Haven', the Maritime Museum, the inside of an actual Cube House, the Market Hall and the Laurenschurch.

Best time of day

This tour can be done at any moment of the day, any day of the year. Like every other big city, we advise you not to run or walk alone during the night.
During market days, Tuesdays and Saturdays and in summer also Sundays, it can be quite crowded at the market area from 9-17h.


Make sure you wear your running shoes and dress weather appropriate. If you decide to run in the dark, please wear a reflecting vest or running lights. Always walk on the sidewalk and wait for the green light at crossings. Even though the area of the tour is pretty safe, make sure you run the tour together with someone else at night.


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Rotterdam running and walking tour: from the Swan to the Maritime Museum