Kralingen in one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Rotterdam. It’s filled with fancy houses – the ones with little towers and everything – and has a lush forest and lake where many Rotterdammers find a place to relax when the weather is nice. Next to that the neighbourhood is the home of a small botanical garden, well hidden between rows of houses.
The garden was founded around 1912, as a part of the adjacent lyceum. In the hundred years that followed the garden grew (pun intended) into a lush green spot, with many different trees, plants and flowers.
I visited the garden late May, at the height of Spring, and was greeted by the wonderful smell of flowers. Bees and bumblebees were collecting as much nectar as they could, finding a food-walhalla in this garden! The big, green trees filtered some of the sun out, pretty welcome on a very warm day. Of course no botanical garden would be complete without a greenhouse! This garden has a very cute one, decorated with a table and wicker chairs to sit down and read.
Although the botanical garden in Kralingen isn’t that big it’s definitely worth your time. Planning a visit too? You can find more information on their – very, very retro – website.