10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN ROTTERDAM

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After almost the entire city was destroyed during WWII air raids, Rotterdam has picked itself up and dusted itself off to become one of the country's most sophisticated and innovative cities. Today Rotterdam boasts a dramatic skyline of contemporary skyscrapers, towering office blocks and highrise apartment buildings.

Contained within this concrete jungle, countless team-building activities await you. The city’s extensive waterway system presents opportunities for various water-based experiences such as hot-tub boats, amphibious bus tours and private boat hire, while indoors you’ll find great activities like cooking workshops, escape rooms and climbing gyms.

If you want to host a team-building retreat in a lively, modern city, look no further than Rotterdam. In the following resource, we’ve compiled some of our favourite team-building activity ideas to help inspire you and make your next company offsite a great success.

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Take the spa to the water with a hot-tub boat

  • The roomy hot-tub boat is the ultimate waterway experience.
  • Navigate the water in a roomy eight-man, motor-powered hot-tub boat.
  • Enjoy drinks, snacks and the stunning Rotterdam skyline.
  • The boat is excellently maintained and extremely clean.
  • Simply relax and enjoy a beer or try driving the hot-tub boat yourself.

Explore the city on a guided walking tour

  • Explore the city with guidance from a real Rotterdam local.
  • Learn the story behind the WWII destruction, visit the Markthal, see the famous Rotterdam Cube Houses and more.
  • Everyday tours are provided in English and a Spanish tour is given on Saturdays.
  • The approximate duration of the tour is two hours.
  • The tour guides are friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. 
  • Learn about Rotterdam’s culture and history while bonding with your teammates.

Immerse yourself in a dramatic escape-room experience

  • Choose from two escape rooms with unique storylines and puzzles.
  • Teams have just 60 minutes to work together, solve the challenges and make their escape.
  • The rooms have been carefully decorated to create an immersive experience.
  • The experienced hosts ensure your experience is one to remember.
  • For groups of 12 or more, a special programme can be devised to make your event a resounding success.

Learn new skills at a professional cooking workshop

  • The kitchen is located in a modern, bustling part of the city surrounded by cosy cafes.
  • Learn to cook in a large 60-metres-squared kitchen under the guidance of professional chefs.
  • Work together with your colleagues as you share responsibilities in the cooking process.
  • Sit down and enjoy a delicious dinner after working hard in the kitchen.
  • The chefs provide clear and simple instructions to help you produce a delicious meal.
  • The kitchen is modern and equipped with state-of-the-art cooking equipment.

Cruise along the canals in the electric-powered rental boat

  • Cruise along twenty-two kilometres of beautiful waterways.
  • Enjoy a minimum of two hours onboard the vessel.
  • The boat can support seven people weighing a combined total of 800 kilograms.
  • The hand-crafted electric-powered boat is comfortable and quiet.
  • Take in spectacular landscapes and attention from your fellow watermen.
  • The friendly staff are courteous and take care to explain the boat in detail.

Taste the local cuisine on a gastronomic bike tour

  • Ride through the city on bicycles, see the local landmarks and enjoy food at the best local restaurants.
  • The tour included seven tasty bites, a drink of your choice, a professional guide and a top-of-the-range bicycle.
  • Tours are available in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Japanese.
  • The approximate duration of the tour is four hours.
  • Taste delicious foods from various cuisines from around the world.
  • The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.

Sign up for a unique glassblowing workshop

  • Learn how to create your own glass-blown pieces with guidance from experienced professionals.
  • The arena has space for approximately six to eight people.
  • Enjoy a tasty meal during your experience.
  • The duration of a workshop is approximately 4 hours.
  • The on-site staff ensure safety measures are adhered to while keeping the atmosphere light and entertaining.
  • Return home after the workshop with a beautiful piece of art to show your friends and family.

Discover the city in an amphibious water bus

  • Experience all aspects of Rotterdam, land and water, onboard the amphibious water bus.
  • Embark on a carefully composed journey through the city and enjoy the city’s spectacular skyline.
  • The knowledgeable guide provides interesting information about the city.
  • The full duration of the tour is approximately one hour.
  • The best way to discover the city while bonding with your colleagues

Aim for bullseye at the archery centre

  • Enjoy a pleasant afternoon learning the fundamentals of archery with professional instructors.
  • Learn about the different types of bows, arrows and their various components.
  • Shoot under the guidance of experienced archery instructors.
  • Receive a hot cup of coffee or tea and a snack upon arrival.
  • Learn an ancient skill while bonding with your colleagues.

Learn the fundamentals of bouldering at the climbing gym

  • Discover a vast climbing gym equipped with 200 boulders spanning 800 square metres.
  • The on-site staff provide useful instructions to help you improve your bouldering skills.
  • Enjoy a relaxing drink at the bar at the end of your session.
  • Attempt a range of bouldering routes catered to all levels from beginner to advanced.
  • The gym is easily accessible via free on-site parking.

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