In May 1940 Rotterdam was bombed and not much of the old town did survive. Once the war was over, construction work went on day and night, the scars of war gave way to a totally new center and harbor, the latter equipped with the newest technology and machinery. This, combined with the direct access to the North sea, made the Rotterdam harbor the most important one in Europe. Rotterdam’s fame is not based exclusively on the harbor. It also stands out in modern architecture. The so badly damaged city had to find a new identity, which resulted in remarkable and unconventional architecture. Last but not least: there is a strong link between Rotterdam and the United States. It was from Rotterdam that in the year 1620 a large group of Pilgrim Fathers went to the States. During the nineteenth and twentieth century, they were followed by migrants from all over Europe who embarked on the Holland America Line to New York. In the tour we will talk about the three subjects just mentioned: harbor, architecture, the Rotterdam_USA connection. What you will see: the elegant Erasmus bridge, the surprising Cube Houses and the colourful combination of market hall and apartments
After his graduation in social geography, just in between the big bang and the collapse of the Roman empire, Ton worked on a science program for children and on urban planning in Amsterdam. He found out that his happiest moments were those were the interaction was not with the keyboard but with people. This made him decide to make a living out of guiding. Initially related to urban planning and architecture, later on the scope became much wider: art, history, society. As a social geographer Ton always looks for the reasons behind present day reality: why was a town founded? Why did it grow, or not? Why such an enormous church or city hall in a small town? Ton's philosophy about life is rather simple. He believes the sense of being is Sharing LKW: Love, Knowledge, Wine.
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Rotterdam with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Rotterdam. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
14 June 2021
I was very pleased to watch Ton´s tour. It was my first virtual visit to Rotterdam. Hope I can visit this town after the pandemic.
13 June 2021
Loved seeing the bridges and so much different architecture. Wish I could have been there in person but Ton made me feel almost as if I was.
13 June 2021
Excellent tour - I'm off to join him on his next one!
17 May 2021
I always look forward to Ton’s tours. They are guaranteed to be excellent: thorough and well-researched and at the same time enjoyable. This is one tour you should make sure to book - and then look for all of Ton’s other tours and book them as well!
16 May 2021
Ton is a great guide, down to earth and funny.