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In Rotterdam from 10 to 14 May 1940 there was a continuous battle for the city. An incredible, largely unknown story that precedes the devastating bombing.

Rotterdam has been in the middle of the front line from the very beginning of the German invasion on May 10, 1940. Five long days of fighting rage in the streets, on the river and in the skies above the city. German and Dutch troops face each other along the Maas. The people of Rotterdam are caught between two fires.

During this walk, former soldier and military historian Wouter Hagemeijer of Battle for the Maas Bridges takes you through the battle and the confusion of these days.

The walking tour starts in Museum Rotterdam '40 - '45 NOW. After a short introduction we set off. The walk takes you past important locations from the May Days such as the Noordereiland and the Oudehaven. We also visit the Marine Museum and Plein 1940. The highlight is the impressive view from the roof of the White House. Here we look out over Rotterdam and the former battle scene along the banks of the Maas.

PLEASE NOTE: we take the metro for the Coolhaven to Beurs section. Take your OV chip card with you for this.

duration of activity: 4 hours (the walk is approximately 4 km)

costs: EUR 27.50 (including entrance to Museum Rotterdam '40-'45 NU, Marine Museum, White House, excluding public transport costs). Register via reservation@museumrotterdam.nl, payment at the counter of Museum Rotterdam.

location: various locations, starts Museum Rotterdam '40-'45 NOW

All dates

Sun 26 May
12:30 - 16:30
Sun 16 Jun
12:30 - 16:30
Sat 6 Jul
12:30 - 16:30
Sun 29 Sept
12:30 - 16:30
Sun 6 Oct
12:30 - 16:30
Sat 19 Oct
12:30 - 16:30

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