Guided tour

Rotterdam: Architecture Highlights Tour including the Depot

4.5 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: De Rotterdam Tours

Rotterdam: Architecture Highlights Tour including the Depot

Activity provider: De Rotterdam Tours

From US$ 308.08 per group up to 9

Discover Rotterdam’s unique architecture alongside an expert local guide. Learn about the city’s innovative designs, step into iconic buildings, and visit a rooftop usually closed off from the public.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Dutch, English, German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Marvel at the curved mirror facade of the latest eye catcher Depot
  • Admire the striking architecture of Rotterdam Central Station
  • Enter a penthouse terrace on the ingeniously transformed Timmerhuis (weekday tours)
  • Visit the roof of Het Witte Huis - once Europe’s tallest office building (weekend tours)
  • Enjoy the design concept of Markthal combining chic housing and a lively food scene
Full description
Follow an enthusiastic local guide on a walking tour highlighting the striking and experimental architecture found in Rotterdam. Explore the city’s smart and bold building styles while hearing about Rotterdam’s bold urge for non-stop innovation. Start your tour on the rooftop of Het Witte Huis (weekend tours) with a stunning view over Markthal, the Cube Houses, the Erasmus bridge, the Willems bridge, and De Rotterdam. Afterward, walk right through the famous Markthal designed by MVRDV. Discover Rotterdam’s new city park including a public stage for music and dance at the recently refurbished Grotekerkplein. Pass Dudok’s ‘Dudok’ and arrive at the Timmerhuis, a beautiful inner-city redevelopment project in which renowned Rotterdam-based architectural firm OMA merged a municipal office block from the 1950s with a pixellated steel-and-glass structure. Visit a rooftop terrace (weekdays) with a fantastic view over Markthal, Coolsingel boulevard, City Hall, and the city center. Next, see historical and post-war monuments like the post office and de Bijenkorf-warehouse. Pass Forum on your way to Schouwburgplein and at the Kruiskadeplein, get to see Groothandelsgebouw, Central Station and de Delftse Poort, followed by the remarkable Calypso, Pauluskerk and de Unie. Marvel at the Sonneveld House and Het Nieuwe Instituut in the Museumpark. Arrive at the latest eye catcher Depot Boijmans van Beuningen, a stunning piece of architecture design home to the world’s first public art depot. Listen as your expert guide tells you all about the concept and construction of the reflecting panels creating the double-curved facade, and learn about the aviation engineering techniques that needed to be applied to operate the huge entrance doors.
  • Expert local guide
  • rooftop entrance to Timmerhuis (weekdays) or Het Witte Huis (weekends)
  • 3 postcards by Rotterdam architectural photographer Ossip van Duivenbode
  • 50% discount entrance ticket to Cube Houses
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments

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    Meeting point

    Meet your guide outside the entrance of the "Witte Huis".

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Face mask or protective covering

    Know before you go

    • Please note that the Depot will open for visitors in the fall of 2021
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 6 reviews

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    We are part of an Architectural Practice from Dublin and our visit was intended to take in the most recent developments in Rotterdam. I had lived there between 1979-1982 and the developments over a short span was enormous. From the redevelopment of the train station as an Iconic building in a short period to the Markthal building and the new high rise office building De Rotterdam made for an interesting architectural with the historic footnotes added. Anet was a great host and interesting with her comments and observations with her added book material to illustrate her points with regard to history and place. The tour itself can only cover a small part of the architectural past that is Rotterdam but lots of exciting building are in the pipeline for a progressive city. The water taxi ride was novel to us and an interesting break form the architectural jargon which may be alien to some tourists.

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    November 18, 2019

    The guide was very good and gave us an amusing and very informed tour of Rotterdam. We can highly recommend him. Greetings from the DRM team

    May 9, 2022

    October 11, 2020

    Product ID: 249047