In the north-east part of Rotterdam, we have a beautiful lake. Some call it Kralingse Bos (Forest) others Kralingse Plas (Lake). Both lake and forest offer plenty of recreational opportunities: there is a beach and bathing area for swimmers and sunbathers and even a small nudist beach, and you can row or sail on the lake. Next to the new The Boathouse (great for lunch & events (like the BoothStockFestival on June 11th) is a great Lookout. On the fields close to the bathing area we BBQ & picnic. The forest also has tracks for mountain bikers, horse riding, climbing and running. There is a playground, botanical garden and children’s farm.
In an hour, you can walk around the lake and see wonderful things on your way as Kralingse Bos is a place for everybody. If you skate, walk or cycle around the lake, do look up over the water and enjoy the amazing view of the Rotterdam skyline!
You’ll find some nice places on your way for food and drinks. Like the dog-friendly Brasserie Schone Lei – situated in the characteristic Minang Kabauhhouse on the north bank of the lake or my favorite place for a drink is De Tuin, located between two Mills: “De Lelie” and “De Ster in a Mansion from 1867. In the front, it may look small, but just go around the back and you’ll be surprised by the glass extension and large terrace where you can enjoy the lake view and sunset. There’s even a small dock in case you arrive by boat.
Kralingse Plas | Relaxing | Free
24 hours daily