I used to work just around the corner here so I had the pleasure of strolling through this green lush park almost every day during my lunch break. Nowadays I don’t work there anymore but it’s remained my favorite park in Rotterdam.
The Park was designed in the the beginning of the 1850s according to the English garden style by the Zocher family, famous landscape architects and also responsible for the Vondelpark in Amsterdam for example. They also designed the smaller Schoonoord park and the Westersingel (check the Westersingel article).
There’s a number of buildings in the park, including the double Michelin star restaurant Parkheuvel, villa Parkzicht, famous in the early 90s for its house music and the Norwegian church with nicely carved wooden ceiling.
The Park is simply made to stroll around and letting your thoughts go. There is a special barbecue zone and it’s the best place to relax and meet up with friends & food on a sunny summer day, whereas the hill on the south side provides a nice walk, especially in autumn, with great views over the river.