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Enjoy the good life by the lake at the Kralingse Plas park.

Kralingen is traditionally known as the chiquer side of Rotterdam. Romantic villa neighbourhoods and elegant lanes dominate the cityscape here. Erasmus University Rotterdam is also located here, however, so the area is home to lots of students – and they keep Kralingen lively! Oostzeedijk boasts lots of popular pubs and restaurants where you can grab a meal for a reasonable price. The Student Hotel, which walks a fine line between hostel and designer boutique hotel, is a beloved meeting point… and a decent place for a cup of coffee or a sandwich. One of the oldest attractions in Kralingen is Arboretum Trompenburg. In addition to the lovely old trees here, these botanic gardens offer beautiful plants and flowers and a charming teahouse.

The biggest park in Rotterdam is nearby: the Kralingse Bos, a green oasis for everyone hoping to escape the city for a breath of fresh air and some peace and quiet. Visitors rollerblade, jog and cycle around the lake to their heart’s content. Sailboats skim across the lake, while tasty snacks are served at sidewalk cafés along the waterfront. Looking for a nice spot to sit? Try Restaurant De Tuin, which offers an unobstructed view of the lake from its outdoor terrace or sun porch.

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