Hi! We are Marijn & Linda
In late 2014, the idea began to bubble up that giving bike tours could be quite a nice addition to the work we were doing at the time: Marijn, owner of a webshop in bicycle parts and active in the import/export of bicycles and Linda, part-time healthcare worker and part-time hospitality tiger.
So we; that’s Linda and Marijn, together since 2011 and finally started seeRotterdam in 2015. What began as a hobby project with 8 bikes as a pastime on a free Saturday afternoon has grown in 7 years into a serious business with over 70 bikes, 12 guides and lots of entertaining guests.
What makes our bike tours and walks in Rotterdam so unique is that we try to keep it as accessible as possible. Our tours are open to everyone: from young to old. Having fun and socializing are at least as important to us as the facts and anecdotes we tell you. Furthermore, all of our guides are all very passionate about Rotterdam and often do this in addition to their full-time jobs, purely because they love doing it. They all give the tours in their own way which makes each tour different and authentic.
meet seeRotterdam’s local guides
I have great interest in history and passion for my city of Rotterdam. My goal is to show you, in addition to the highlights, especially places that are less known. For example, you will see that Rotterdam is surprisingly green!
What should not be missed when you are in Rotterdam?
You have to have an eye for it, but be aware of the contrasts in building styles. These contrasts ensure that both historic buildings and modern buildings reinforce each other.
If you want to “check out the Rotterdam” at Kop van Zuid, check it out through the warehouses! While you’re at Kop van Zuid, walk on over to Katendrecht to eat at one of the restaurants on Deliplein or drink a locally brewed beer at the Fenixloods.
My favorite restaurants? O’Pazzo for truly authentic Italian food and restaurant Bazar on the bustling Witte de Withstraat where the cuisine is a fusion of Mediterranean, Arabic and North African.
So are you in the Witte de Withstraat anyway? Then you can drink late into the night here in one of the many cafes. For lunch, it is nice to walk around Kruiskade and eat a bara or sandwich at one of the many Surinamese eateries.
Tip? Rent a bike! Rotterdam has many different neighborhoods, each with its own character. Kralingen, Hillegersberg but also the old village center of Overschie are beautiful and guaranteed to make for a great bike ride! Delft is also great to reach by bike from Rotterdam, by simply following the bike path along the Schie River.
Hey! I am Debora and I would love to show you around Rotjeknor. I am 24 years old and studying at Erasmus University. This Erasmus, you see him quite often in our city, but who was he really? I’m happy to tell you!
After guiding in Madrid for a few months, I picked up where I left off in my home city of Rotterdam and am happy to show you what’s great about Roffa.
Rotown is a unique city, of course because of its history and architecture, but especially because of the Rotterdammers themselves and the many nicknames we have. Had you figured it out yet? 🙂
You can find me after a busy week at Bokaal, Biergarten, Witte de With or bocce ball at Mooie Boules. I have lunch at SolFood, Dudok, the Oude Haven or I get a fresh pizza at Little Italy. I love Asian cuisine immensely, so for dinner, Little V or Cate Dak are not to be missed. Fortunately, Rotterdam has so much to offer in terms of food, that I am far from finished eating here!
As a child, I experienced much of the reconstruction.
I know what Rotterdam was like during that period of reconstruction! For example, that the train ran above ground over the Binnenrotte, that the office building “Shell” was built on the Hofplein, that in 1970 there was a cable car across the Weena, Coolsingel, Binnenweg and Karel Doormanstraat for the celebration of the silver liberation and reconstruction celebrations.
Besides, I think it’s super fun to be able to tell my guests that I went deer watching at the spot where Holland Casino is now found on the Weena. Because surely there, in that spot, was a deer camp! And that I saw the second Van Brienenoord Bridge sail to its spot in the middle of the night. What a spectacle that was!
That I went rollerblading to funky music in the Energy Hall in the 1980s and that later, in that place, Gabberhouse was born.
What do you mean Rotterdam is boring?
In daily life, I work as a labor consultant and deal mainly with absenteeism at work. In my spare time, I enjoy introducing others to Rotterdam.
Showing the real Rotterdam is my passion. From childhood, the city, which I used to be able to see in the distance, attracted me immensely. From our farm, I could see The Willemswerf shining in the sun.
The diversity of buildings, the port state’s turbulent history and the whimsical nights of entertainment. Therefore, this villager moved to the city when he could. First I lived in Zuid for 15 years and now for several years in green Kralingen.
Now I also like to let other Rotterdam see and hear it. Because there are so many stories to tell. Stories you don’t know if you just look at the streets and buildings. And the advantage of a bicycle tour, you can show more contrasts. Old, new, ugly, beautiful, painful history versus connecting initiatives.
From my own experiences in the city, I introduce through all kinds of facts and stories the (former) dingy spots and the places to be in the city; which is precisely what makes the city so unique.
Personally, I have two gems you can’t skip when you visit Rotterdam. The first is the bustling Oude Haven, which I always describe as the postcard of Rotterdam, because in one place you basically have everything you want to see in Rotterdam; unique architecture, lively cafes and, of course, a harbor. But if you prefer to escape the turbulence of the city, the courtyard garden of Rotterdam’s stately City Hall is an oasis of peace and greenery during your exploration.