8 x The best tours to experience the greenery of Rotterdam

Published on: 12 Jun 2024

Rotterdam has a lot more greenery than you might think at first sight. With the activities below you will find peace in the busy city center, have the unique opportunity to spot birds in Diergaarde Blijdorp before opening time, you can discover special and monumental gardens and you will have a chance to explore a park that is both a reality and an idea. And all of this together with a guide so you’ll go home well informed!

Discover tranquility in Rotterdam | Rust in de Reuring

Do you ever experience peace and quiet in the center of Rotterdam? This can be quite difficult, because the crowds are always nearby. During this tour you will look for quiet spots in the city and learn to actually absorb the tranquility. The route starts in the Museumpark and takes you along beautiful architecture, cozy city terraces and fantastic works of art that can be found in public spaces.

Saturday 15 June, 13:00 – 15:30

Early Bird Spotters tour | Diergaarde Blijdorp

A unique opportunity to view the beautiful Blijdorp Zoo early in the morning before opening hours during this bird watching tour! The 3,000 trees and carefully maintained botanical garden are a green oasis for many birds. Together with an experienced bird watcher you will spend 1.5 hours looking for the favorite places of various special bird species. Don’t forget your binoculars and bird book!

Saturday 15 June,  06:00 – 07:30


Tour Tidal park Keilehaven en Sponge Garden | De Urbanisten

Could the city function as a sponge? And what is the function of a tidal park?
Take a tour of a unique part of Rotterdam in the M4H area: discover the Sponge Garden and get a look at the construction of the tidal park in the Keilehaven. After the tour you can visit the exhibition ‘HOW DO WE WANT TO BUILD M4H 2030’ in the Keilepand.

Wednesday 19 June, 14:30 – 15:30, free access

Cultural and historical tour through the Museum Garden | Gemeente Rotterdam

Heritage expert Korneel Arschman will provide a tour of the museum garden of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen on June 22 and 29. This garden starts behind the museum and continues to the G.J. the Jongh Monument. Korneel will tell you everything about the municipality’s research into what the original garden design looked like and which elements were added later, so that this can be included in the future renovation of this monumental garden.

Saturday 22 June en 29 June, 10:30 – 12:00, free admission

Scenes in Stadspark West | Midsummer walk and symposium

Go along on a expedition in Stadspark West, a park that is both a reality and an idea. During walks and breaks, ideas and research are shared about how twelve existing green areas in Rotterdam West could be connected and together form a green lung for the city.

Saturday 22 June, 12:00 – 16:00, free admission

Trompenburg Gardens: Garden of the City | Guided tour

Visit the Trompenburg botanical garden during a thematic walk with a guide and discover monumental trees in a wide variety of gardens from different periods, each with their own style and character.

Thursday 27 June, 13:00 – 14:30

City nature tour Museum Garden | Gemeente Rotterdam

What kind of (protected) animal and plant species live in the museum garden behind Boijmans Van Beuningen? Take a tour with city ecologist Iris Beijeman and learn all about the flora and fauna of this special and monumental part of Rotterdam. At the same time, you will learn how the municipality ensures that protected animal species have a home in the area during and after the planned renovation works and what is currently being done to maintain the living environment for the animals.

Saturday 29 June, 10:30 – 12:00, free admission

Guided tour through the Museumpark (EN)

Throughout the month of June, there are guided tours through the Museumpark several days a week with an English-speaking guide.

The guide takes you on a special route that leads you through the park via orange/yellow landmarks, past special interventions and exhibitions by a new generation of designers. The walking route connects cultural institutions, unique places and inspiring stories and takes you past architecture, nature and visual arts. Ofcourse the guide will tell you everything about the places you encounter!

View the tour schedule here.