Rotterdam has an impressive skyline, this is well-known by many. Among the top 10 highest skyscrapers of the Netherlands, seven are located in Rotterdam. It’s won’t be a surprise that the Netherlands’s second largest city of is nicknamed ‘Manhattan on the Maas’. When you visit, you’ll notice one architectural building after the other, both historical and modern. There is no doubt that you can take beautiful pictures, so this article will guide you to the most 10 photogenic spots in Rotterdam.
The Erasmus Bridge
Perhaps the most famous building in Rotterdam: the Erasmus bridge. This construction that connects Rotterdam North with South, is a guarantee for some great photo material. Because of the special curve in the bridge, it got the nickname ‘the Swan’. You can of course photograph the Erasmus Bridge from a distance, for example from the Koningshaven. What also makes a unique picture is to stand diagonally under the bridge. For extra atmosphere take a picture during sunrise or sunset or when it is foggy. Tip: from some room types at Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre, you’ll have majestic views over the Erasmus Bridge.
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen You will not see a building like this anywhere else in the Netherlands: the Boijmans van Beuningen Depot. This depot is special, both on the inside and the outside; inside are stored all the archives of the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum’s art collection. The building looks like an enormous flowerpot with mirrors in which reflects the skyline of Rotterdam. Very unique! On top of the depot you there is a roof garden with great views over the city and port. Enough options for a cool picture at this location!
Historical Delfshaven Where most of Rotterdam has a modern look, Historical Delfshaven is a place with many historical buildings, picturesque bridges, and cosy eateries. This old Dutch harbour is one of the few places in Rotterdam that wasn’t targeted during the bombing of 1940 and this makes an interesting visit. The most photogenic spots are the Piet Heynsbrug, the Aelbrechtskolk, and the Achterhaven.
This imposing building in the shape of a horseshoe is 8 years old, and a true icon in Rotterdam. And rightly so, because the Markthal is not only practical, but also photogenic. In this covered market you will find dozens of stands, restaurants, and shops. In addition, there are flats in the decorated arch. Walk around the international stalls and take some great pictures. Don’t forget to capture the impressive ceiling as well.
The Cube Houses Square, yellow, and above all unique. This description should be enough to realise that these are the world-famous Cube Houses, even for non-Rotterdam residents. The unusual shape with slanting walls, the colour and the location make it possible to make a catchy shot.
Tip: did you know that you can also view a Cube House from the inside? This gives you an idea of how people live in these special buildings. Visit a so called ‘Kijk-Kubus’ (show-Cube) and let yourself be informed.
The Kralingse Plas
A large piece of nature, just outside the centre, but still in the city. A perfect combination to make the Kralingse Plas (the lake of Kralingen) one of the most versatile photo locations. You can enjoy the green surroundings by walking in the Kralingse Bos (the forest of Kralingen). To make the ultimate picture you can stand on the footbridges on the north side of the lake; from there you have a beautiful view of the skyline of Rotterdam. The photos become more attractive during sunset or sunrise.
This high observation tower certainly stands out in the skyline of the port city and therefore is a classic in Rotterdam. The Euromast was built in 1960, the Space Tower was added in 1970. The 185 metres it reached are certainly not out of line with the newer skyscrapers. . The Euromast is the highest watchtower in the Netherlands and perfectly suited for beautiful altitude shots. Take a look at the brasserie of the Euromast to eat or drink with a fantastic view.
Willemskade Rotterdam is known as the water city, due to its enormous port. The yellow water taxis are normal in the daily life of Rotterdam. It is very difficult to capture these fast boats, but certainly a nice challenge. Moreover, you decide where you take the picture. Would you like advice on the best place to photograph such a water taxi? Try it from the Willemskade near the Wereldmuseum; then you also see the skyline in the background. With extra luck (and skills of course) you will also capture a cruise ship in the background.
Central Station You probably would not think of a train station among beautiful photo locations. However, Rotterdam Central Station is a cool spot and with its modern look it fits well between the other buildings in Rotterdam. The hustle and bustle of people and traffic, the architectural style of the station and the light can create impressive images. Rotterdam Central Station is also known as ‘the Kapsalon’, referring to the aluminium container of the Rotterdam snack. The interior is also worth seeing on a sunny day; the unusual roof casts an interesting shadow pattern on the platform, which contrasts beautifully with the yellow NS trains.
Luchtsingel If you are in the vicinity of Central Station, the Luchtsingel is the place to be for a colourful Instagram post. This is a pedestrian bridge that connects Rotterdam Central with Rotterdam North. The wooden bridge certainly attracts attention with its length of 390 metres and bright yellow colour.
Rotterdam is full of photogenic locations, so don’t wait any longer to plan a city trip to the port city. Combine your visit with a stay at Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre or Mainport by Inntel Hotels. Tip: you can also take great pictures of the Rotterdam skyline from the Panorama Rooms at Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre.