“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph”
— Matt Hardy
guided photography tour of Leiden, the second largest 17th-century town centre in the Netherlands
Leiden is a fraction of the size of Amsterdam, and largely built in the same Flemish architectural style. Because of the economic decline from the end of the 17th until the middle of the 19th century, much of the 16th- and 17th -century city centre is still intact. It is the second largest 17th-century town centre in the Netherlands – Amsterdam’s has the honour of being the largest.
Leiden offers superb photo opportunities within relatively short walking distance: magnificent churches, a maze of pretty canals with barges and moored houseboats, 18th-century fortifications, elegant public buildings and museums, windmills and fountains.
It boasts thirteen Nobel Prize winners, and is twinned with Oxford, the United Kingdom’s oldest university. Its buildings are scattered throughout the city and the many students from all over the world give the city a bustling, lively and international atmosphere.
Leiden also is a city with a rich cultural heritage, not only in science, but also in the arts. One of the world’s most famous painters, Rembrandt, was born and educated in Leiden.
A hundred buildings in the centre are decorated with large murals of poetry, part of a wall poem project active since 1992, and still ongoing.
Autumn sees the 3 October festival to commemorate the seige of Leiden.
On our guided photography tour of Leiden you will visit the following places:
- Pieterskerk (church of St Peter, dating from 1315)
- 16th century almshouses and courtyards
- De Burcht van Leiden – the old castle guarding the junction of the Old and New Rijn.
- Hooglandsekerkgracht – Leiden’s prettiest street
- Leiden’s west gate, de Morspoort
- Galgewater and the old harbour
- The smallest house and the narrowest house
- Windmill de Valk
- Kornbrug and Visbrug historic bridges
Note: The evening itinerary will vary according to the time of year
After the tour
The photography experience
The city has many fine examples of 16th-century almshouses arranged around secret courtyards. There is also an old town centred round the church of St Peter, peaceful and seldom visited so people are not constantly walking in front of your camera!.
The afternoon photo tour starts at 14:30.
The start time of the evening photo tour will depend on the date, because there is a huge difference in sunset time between 21 December (16:30) and 21 June (22:00).
The duration of the tour is approximately 3 hours.
If you are travelling from outside Leiden, and would like advice on public transport please contact us.
If you are staying in Leiden, and would like to be collected from your hotel or apartment, please contact us.
The price of the Leiden evening photo tour is €34.95 per person.
What is included
• Experienced tutor and guide
• Refreshment break
• Access to our tuition web pages
• Photo enhancement service
• Advice on travel to Leiden
• Advice on what to do and where to eat and drink n Leiden
What is not included
• Hire of equipment such as tripod
• Cost of transport to Leiden
But it seldom rains the for whole day. If the rain is torrential the workshop will be cancelled, but if it is not heavy the tour will go on regardless.
Photographers are hardy folks, and stormy skies and wet pavements present some of the most exciting photo opportunities!
How do I book a photo tour?
If you would like to book a guided photography tour of Leiden, you can do so by:
Telephoning +31 (0)71 887 10 23
This session is not only limited to couples naturally, but also suitable for families or group of friends, for a special occasion or just for fun!