Green spaces

One of the greenest cities

Iris van den Broek

Green spaces

Surprisingly, although it does live up to its reputation as an industrial port city filled with imposing architecture, Rotterdam is also one of the greenest cities in the Netherlands.

One of the greenest cities in the Netherlands

Visitors looking for places to rest and relax will find lots of opportunities to catch their breath, do sports, play outdoors, or enjoy a barbecue or picnic. The Kralingse Bos is a lovely forest on the edge of the city. Cycle and walking paths lead through natural surroundings, playgrounds abound, the petting farm and sunny meadows attract cheerful crowds, and the lake is dotted with sailboats, water bicycles and canoes. Enthusiastic skaters, rollerbladers and joggers use the paths around the lake.

Het Park

One of the most charming spots in the city is Het Park bij de Euromast, designed in 1852 by Dutch architect Zocher and his son and inspired by the English country style. Summer or winter, Rotterdam locals find their way to Het Park for a brisk stroll or a friendly football match.
Other popular city parks include Museumpark, Vroesenpark and Zuiderpark, used all summer for picnics, sports and play. The parks regularly host outdoor festivals where visitors can enjoy music, theatre and congenial company while wiggling their toes in lush grass.


Besides the city parks, Rotterdam harbours many ‘secret’ green spots that you’ll never stumble across by accident. Did you know that the roof of the Schieblock building houses a rooftop farm that grows vegetables and serves a delicious lunch menu from its own harvest? Or that Rotterdam West has a creative and green free state called Weelde where you can also stop for a drink and a snack. Families with young children will love the Speeldernis, a nature playground where tree trunks, mud and playground equipment made from natural materials offer infinite opportunities to explore. Discover Rotterdam’s less well-known green spaces first-hand!