What do I like most about cycling? That even though you might cycle the same route every time, you always see something new. Birds are building a nest in the tree, the statue of Santa Claus (who everyone knows as the Buttplug Gnome) has suddenly got a scarf on, and the boats in the Schie are slowly sailing by. But do you know what’s even more fun? Discovering new places.
This Collection is for the true Rotterdammer who thinks they have seen it all. And even if there is only one place that is new for you, there is magic in revisiting the old places waiting to be rediscovered on these Tours. The routes are also great for visitors who want a bit more action than shopping in the Koopgoot (the sunken shopping street) or staring at the stalls in the Market Hall.
You can cycle the routes in two to four hours on average, but count on plenty of breaks. You will definitely want to stop along the way to take in all the beauty of Rotterdam, so these routes could take you a whole day to complete. Most routes can also be shortened if, for example, you want to make it a family outing.
I have made this Collection because I feel a bit homesick. I grew up in Rotterdam and Hoek van Holland, but now I live in Sweden. This means that I have not cycled all the routes and I have based these on memory and many years of cycling experience. Do you have a nice addition or improvement? Please let me know in the comments below this Collection. Also, don't forget to share your favourite Tours with your fellow-Rotterdammers!
Let's start with the basics. You've probably cycled past it a hundred times, on your way to work, to the gym or meandering from the Witte home. Nevertheless, I invite you to see these beautiful districts of the city with new eyes. The city is full of special art and impressive monuments. Along the way you see the cheerful Rotterdammers and the city is always in development, so there is always something new to see.
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Rotterdam is a real working city, and during the reconstruction it was often used as a nickname for the city. But there are many more pet names for our home port: Maasstad, Gate of Europe, Rotjeknar or -knor, Queen of the Maas, Rotown, Roffa, Nultien and perhaps the nicest: Bokitodonk. It just shows how creative Rotterdammers are. Something that will become very clear to you on this Tour.
The Delfshaven is not called that for nothing. The Schie runs all the way to Delft. A little history lesson before we get on our bikes: In 1389, the Count of Holland granted Duke Albrecht of Bavaria a special privilege. He gave Delft permission to dig a canal from the Schie below Overschie, to the Nieuwe Maas near Rotterdam. From there, the boats could reach open water from Delft and export products. Delfshaven, or the harbor of Delft, was born.