• SS Rotterdam

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”
— Dorothea Lange

guided photography tour of Rotterdam

Guided photography tour of Rotterdam – “Gateway to the World.”

guided photography tour of Rotterdam

About Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the birthplace of Erasmus, the Renaissance humanist and theologian. He gives his name to many institutions, including the University (Erasmus Universitiet), and the beautiful Erasmus Bridge (Erasmusbrug).

The heart of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed by the Luftwaffe in World War II. After initial crisis re-construction from the 1950s through to the 1970s, the centre of Rotterdam has become the site of ambitious new architecture including the amazing Markthal – a covered market housing many small food retailers, cafés and restaurants.

guided photography tour of Rotterdam
And yet much of the old 19th century city still remains, round the quaint Delfshaven, Oudehaven and Haringvliet docks, teeming with restored barges, sailing and steam boats.

Dominated by water, Rotterdam is divided in two by the river Nieuwe Maas. This has given rise to the nickname “Gateway to the World”. Sheltering behind dikes, large parts of the city are below sea level. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe.

This combination makes Rotterdam completely different from all other cities, and presents breathtaking photo opportunities! Come and see for yourself…

guided photography tour of Rotterdam

Art and culture

Rotterdam hosts an astonishing range of street art and public sculpture by renowned artists. Show me some examples…

And in July Rotterdam hosts the North Sea Jazz Festival, the biggest indoor jazz festival in the world. The festival actually presents many music styles, from traditional New Orleans jazz to Swing, bebop, fusion, blues, gospel music, funk music, soul music and drum n bass.

guided photography tour of Rotterdam

On our guided photography tour of Rotterdam you will visit the following places

  • Cubist Houses
  • Amazing street art and public sculpture
  • The Luchtsingel arial walkway
  • Oudehaven and Haringvliet harbours
  • The Maritime Museum
  • The Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge) and the river Maas
  • Church of St. Lawrence
  • Markthal
  • City Hall’s secret garden (weekdays only)

Note: The evening itinerary will vary according to the time of year

guided photography tour of Rotterdam

After the tour

If you would like to continue discussions after the end of the tour, time permitting your guide will be more than happy to do so.

guided photography tour of Rotterdam

The photography experience

Of all the cities Rotterdam offers the most varied photographic subjects: quaint harbours, imposing ultra-modern architecture, the majestic sweep of the river Maas with its magnificent bridges, street art and sculpture, lush parks and green spaces.

To capture these in memorable photographs requires several different photographic techniques. Your guide will explain clearly and consisely how to achieve these.

guided photography tour of rotterdam

Starting time

The morning photo tour starts at 11:00.

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.

Meeting place

We meet at Starbucks cafe in Rotterdam Central station, Stationsplein entrance. Please try to be there by 15 minutes before the start time.

Public Transport

There are direct rail services to Rotterdam from Amsterdam, Leiden and The Hague.

If you are travelling from outside Rotterdam, and would like advice on public transport please contact us.


The price of the Rotterdam daytime photo tour is €29.95 per person.

The price of the Rotterdam evening photo tour is €39.95 per person.

What is included

• Experienced tutor and guide
• Refreshment break
• Access to our tuition web pages
• Photo enhancement service
• Advice on travel to Rotterdam
• Advice on what to do and where to eat and drink in Rotterdam

What is not included

• Refreshments
• Hire of equipment such as tripod
• Cost of transport to Rotterdam

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Bad weather

The weather in the Netherlands can be unpredictable, especially in Autumn and Winter.

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!

Cancellation policy

But whatever the weather, you may cancel up to 1 day before for a full refund.

And if you are not satisfied with the tour for any reason we will also refund your money in full.

How can I book a photo tour?

If you would like to book a photo tour of Rotterdam, you can do so by:

Booking online

Telephoning +31 (0)71 887 10 23

Emailing info@dutchphototrek.com

guided photography tour of Rotterdam

Other cool things to do and see in Rotterdam

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Cafés restaurants and bars

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Professional photoshoot

If you are visiting Rotterdam, maybe for a special occasion, and would like to capture the moments then you can hire a professional photographer to take a mix of spontaneous and posed shots at he best locations and according to your wishes.

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!

Please click here for further details.

guided photography tour of Rotterdam

Tourist Information Rotterdam

Guided photography tour of Rotterdam

If you would like to learn more about Dutch Photo Trek, you may telephone us daytime or evenings (Central European Time), weekdays or weekends.