In the north-east part of Rotterdam, we have a beautiful lake I love to go to. Some call it Kralingse Bos (Forest), others the Kralingse Plas (Lake). Both lake and forest offer plenty of recreational opportunities. Especially nice in summer: beach and bathing area for sunbathers (there is even a small nudist beach). Row, sail on the lake or dive in for a swim.
On the fields close to the bathing area we BBQ & picnic. The forest has tracks for mountain bikers, horse riding, fun-forest-climbing and running. There is a playground, botanical garden and children’s farm. You walk around the lake in one hour.
If you in-line 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.
Next to The Boathouse (in top 3 – Best Terrace 2016 in Rotterdam) is a spectacular lookout. Climb up for a great-picture-opp.