If you are on a stroll through Kralingen and are in the Slotlaan, don’t forget to visit the Vijverlaan as well. There you will discover the Wagnerhof, a beautiful row of ten villas all named after Wagner operas or persons from these operas: Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Wotan, Walküre, Rheingold, Siegfried, Parsifal, Tristan, Isolde and Rienzi. The names are just below the orange tiled roofs and lettered in gold.
Entrepreneur in cookies and confectionery, Johannes Eckhardt Dulfer was the founder of this park, realised in 1905. Dulfer was a big fan of the German composer and inventor of total theatre. The architect was Jan van Teeffelen (1877-1935). The style in which he built these sugar-like white buildings is a bit art nouveau.
Unfortunately you can’t go inside the buildings themselves, but on a sunny day when the sunshine reflects in the golden names up front and you play some music by Wagner on your mp3-player you can almost feel like you are in Bayreuth at the turn of the century in 1900.
As summer is here this is really a place to go, it is a neighbourhood with a lot of trees so it is easy to slip into the shade.