At first sight you might not think of Rotterdam as a ‘green’ city but that’s a wrong impression most people from out of town, and even locals, have.
Imagine a park upon the rooftops of a row of shops with a length of about 1200 meters. Find and visit it at Delfshaven as it’s the biggest rooftop park in Europe.
The area has transformed so much over the years, it was a rough, forlorn and neglected part with buildings in shambles. I’m happy to see that besides a new shopping area, they thought about adding a park high above street level.
It’s really nice and spacious, overlooking the industrial part and the river on one side and Delfshaven on the other side. The park has a Mediterranean herbal garden, an area for kids, a BBQ zone, a communal garden with fruit bearing trees and a restaurant. You can reach it by several entrances up the stairs or by using the elevator to the restaurant.
Local neighbours are involved as they volunteer by keeping an eye out during opening hours, they plant and maintain the trees and plants etc. During summer there’s also a kiosk for food and drinks located near the water feature. Check the agenda for i.e. yoga classes, tours and workshops.
Rotterdam has lots of parks, botanical gardens like Arboretum Trompenburg and behind the facades of many streets lie many beautiful gardens. This park is a welcoming addition towards making a city greener/colourful, more livable, therefore nicer.