12-16 June 2017
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Social activities

Urban Guides

Guided tour Rotterdam Bicycle

10th & 11th June 2017 – 11:00am


€ 25,- pp, € 45,- for 2


2,5 to 3 hours


Schiekade 205

Your urban bike tour along the progressive architecture of Rotterdam!

After the grand openings of the Markthal, Koolhaas’ de Rotterdam and the spectacularly newly renovated central station, we can safely say Rotterdam has put itself on the international map as one of the most interesting architectural cities of Europe!

But Rotterdam is more than the modern blockbuster-architecture you see at first sight. Throughout the entire 20th century, Rotterdam has been built up, torn down and renewed several times. Modern architectural history is found here.

In 2.5 hours, you’ll crisscross through the city centre, over the striking bridges, along the docks and you’ll get off the bike to experience the majesty of these new beautiful buildings. Our architecture guides are highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and not afraid to give you their opinion!

This tour can be booked at their website: http://urbanguides.nl/en/tour/rotterdam-bycycle/ (open subscription)

Art & Architecture

13th June – 11:00 am


€ 20,00 pp.


2 hours


Schiekade 205

75 years of rebuilding Rotterdam

The Art & Architecture (walking) tour runs through the centre of Rotterdam, from the brand-new railway station Rotterdam Centraal to the spectacular Market Hall. Along the way, it takes striking buildings and beautiful works of arts that have been added to the city over the past 75 years. For after the bombardment of 14 May 1940, a new modern city was built. Right form the start, art enjoyed a prominent place.

Up to this day, there is a unique relationship between the city’s design and sculptures in the public space. OMI – the Office for Metropolitan Information – organizes special bicycle rides and walking tours with the new routemap as the basis. A guide will take you on a journey through the inner city, focusing on art, culture and architecture

Markthal Quarter

16th June – 11:00 am


€ 15,00


1,5 hours


Ds. Jan Scharpstraat

Rotterdam is collecting new iconic architecture. The city has gained a few legendary projects in a short time such as de Rotterdam (OMA), the new Rotterdam Central and the Markthal (MVRDV). The Markthal is so prominent in the historic inner city – as a building and as a concept – that nowadays, you can safely call it the Markthal Quarter instead of Laurenskwartier.

The area is vibrating with excitement, not only because of the new world famous construction, but shortly the Binnenrotte will be transformed into an oasis of green. The spectacular transformation of the Gelderseplein, has given the Oudehaven a new zest of life.

In a short 1.5 hour tour, our architectural guides will first take you through the Markthal. Where you’ll experience the market floor, the roof terraces of the stands, Arno Coenen’s impressive artwork and last but not least, the timestep of Rotterdam’s archeological department. During this time, the guide will take you into the mind of architect Winy Maas (MVRDV) about the urban areas. Thereafter, the guide will give further explanation of the other redevelopment projects of the Markthal Quarter.

Urban Guides also provides bicycle rent at € 10,- per day and € 8,50 for each additional day.

Sunday 11 June 2017

Rotterdam Tour of Titans: ‘It’s got everything!’

The perfect start when staying in Rotterdam for a few days. A knowledgeable guide will join you all the way. Enjoy a magnificent view from the lofty height of 105 metres in architectural icon De Rotterdam (OMA/Rem Koolhaas, 2013), then race along in a water taxi to arrive at the old port for a stroll to the modern monument Cube Houses (Piet Blom, 1981), capped off by a fascinating visit to the famous Markthal (MVRDV, 2014) in city centre, including a ‘Meet&Taste’. The Tour of Titans is a very complete tour that excites all the senses.

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1.30 - 4.00 pm | 2,5 hrs
minimum of 10p, maximum of 24p per guide

start: De Rotterdam, end: Markthal

Online registration. Registration closes Saturday 10 June at 11.30 am.


Monday 12 June 2017

Rotterdam Discovery and Witte de Withstreet

Especially for guests who miss out on the reception at City-Hall we organize this short city-experience including some bites and drinks. Pick up and return at City-Hall. You will enjoy a short interactive explanation of Rotterdam’s history at the brandnew Information Centre, followed by a stroll through Rotterdam’s most lively street - a must see.

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5.30 - 7.00 pm | 1,5 hrs  
minimum of 10p, maximum of 24p per guide

start: City-Hall, end: City-Hall

Online registration. And at Conference Centre De Doelen on Monday 12 June, starting at 8.30 am. Registration closes Monday 12 June at 11.00 am.


Wednesday 14 June 2017

Unesco World Heritage Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk is the unique collection of 19 authentic windmills which are considered a Dutch icon throughout the entire world. When you visit Kinderdijk, you step right into the middle of Dutch history. Everything here lies below sea level, so we have been cooperating with the wind and water for centuries. Kinderdijk is located a 40 minutes busdrive through the Low Countries from Rotterdam city centre.

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1.30 - 4.30 pm | 3 hrs
minimum of 20p, maximum of 50p

start: Conference Centre De Doelen, end: Erasmusbridge

Online registration. And at Conference Centre De Doelen on Monday 12 June, starting at 8.30 am. Registration closes Monday 12 June at 11.00 am.




Wednesday 14 June 2017

Parallel programme in case of oversubscription for the Meeting Dinner on board of the James Cook / Spido 7.30 - 10.30 pm.

Programme Under Construction.


Saturday 17 June, post-Conference day

Rotterdam Turbo Tour: ‘Great understanding of the inner city in only 1,5 hrs’

Especially offered to guests to enjoy before they head home. A short walking tour along architectural highlights, including a pitstop in the new Museum Rotterdam. As you walk this city tour you will hear the building history of the city from the year 1300 till now. You will be shown hidden pearls of the city and see famous buildings.

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9.45 - 11.15 am | 1,5 hrs
minimum of 10p, maximum of 24p per guide

start: Rotterdam Central Station, end: Markthal

Online registration. And at Conference Centre De Doelen on Monday 12 June, starting at 8.30 am. Registration closes Wednesday 14 June at 1.00 pm