Check out the biggest and best parks in Rotterdam. Being a green city Rotterdam offers many parks, gardens and green spaces. From sunbathing and picnics in the summer, to refreshing walks in the winter, there’s always a reason to visit one of Rotterdam’s parks. As well as being perfect for relaxing, parks in Rotterdam have plenty of activities to enjoy; sports activities, open-air festivals, live music, playgrounds for children and petting zoos.
The Zuiderpark is the largest urban park in the Netherlands. The park in the south of Rotterdam has many opportunities for sport and recreation. You can play tennis for free, and there are many hiking and biking trails.
Designed in 1990 by OMA (Rem Koolhaas), the Museumpark is surrounded by six museums. The park, divided into five areas, has a big event area and an underground parking.
The Kralingse Bos is the most popular park in Rotterdam and has been nominated several times as ‘Best Public Space in the Netherlands’. A huge and attractive space for several recreational activities.
A green park in the north of Rotterdam. Great to relax in the sun, take advantage of the sports area or the picnic and barbecue possibilities in summer. There is also a large fishing pond and a lovely pavilion.
A lovely park, called the best kept secret of Rotterdam. The park is about 300 years old and belonged to the residence of the banking family Mees. Large trees and rare plants give the park an intimate atmosphere. The public park is located next to Het Park.
A beautifully landscaped botanical garden with a large collection of rare trees , shrubs, perennials , bulbs and tubers . The garden is on the edge of the centre of Rotterdam in the Kralingen district and is a treasure trove for herbalists.
Dakpark is a kilometer long impressive public park on top of a shopping strip between the districts Delfshaven. The park is home to a beautiful Mediterranean garden, a large playground, a community garden, a restaurant, a water staircase and vast green areas.
More green areas in Rotterdam
In addition to parks and gardens there are more interesting green areas for walking and cycling. Do not miss the 19th century architecture of the green canals arising from the ‘Singel Plan’. Or enjoy the liveliness of the Nieuwe Maas from the green waterfront and quays.
The waterfront along the Nieuwe Maas has been redesigned. The beautiful park-like setting offers walking and biking trails and a pleasant views over the lively river.
Canals in Rotterdam
The characteristic 19th century green canals (mentioned ‘singels’) in Rotterdam are perfect to take a stroll along canal side promenades. Take a further look at the singels.