Hikes and walks in Rotterdam: 12 places for the perfect nature escape

A metropolis recognized for its epic fashionable structure, Rotterdam is the place to go whenever you really feel such as you’ve seen sufficient of the traditional Dutch canals.

Whereas there are quite a few great issues you are able to do in Rotterdam at no cost, hikes and nature walks will not be continuously talked about amongst them.

Nevertheless, in the event you’re searching for a spot to stretch your legs, or just need to uncover extra of Rotterdam’s hidden gems, the town provides loads of alternatives for the right nature escape. Whether or not you’re searching for a protracted hike or only a brief afternoon stroll, Rotterdam has one thing for everybody. 

🚨 Coronavirus replace: Bear in mind that some eating places and sights could also be closed as a result of coronavirus. Take care to keep away from crowded areas, put on a masks when you’ll be able to’t, and select less-busy occasions of the day to exit.

1. Wandelen round Kralingse Plas

A stroll round Kralingse Plas provides some breath-taking views of the town. Picture: Jana Vondráčková/Equipped

Kralingse Plas is a spot for households, {couples}, singles, and teams of buddies alike. Not solely is it an exquisite place for a stroll, the realm surrounding the lake additionally provides plentiful alternatives to sit down down for a picnic or go for a fast swim on the native seaside (if the climate and water high quality permits). There are numerous eating places and cafés on the best way the place you’ll be able to seize a fast chunk in case you want a refresher.

The native deer farm, in addition to the taking part in floor subsequent to it, will certainly gentle up the eyes of the youngest ones. If you happen to actually benefit from the serenity of Dutch forests and the five-kilometre stroll across the lake shouldn’t be sufficient for you, you can too enterprise into the Kralingse Bos. To discover this piece of nature at a sooner tempo, merely carry your curler skates with you.

📏 Stroll distance: A loop across the lake is about 5 kilometres.
🚲 How you can get there: The Kralingse Plas is a 15-minute cycle from Rotterdam Centraal.
📍 Place to begin: You can begin on the Seaside Home restaurant and make your method across the lake from there.
🗺 Route: We propose strolling across the lake anticlockwise to save lots of the nicer views for later.
TIP: The picket piers positioned on the north and west facet of the lake are positively a spotlight. Sit down for a second and benefit from the solar setting over the town’s epic skyline.

2. A stroll in Het Park, the right picnic spot

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Fancy a stroll in one of many oldest parks in Rotterdam? Head to Het Park. With bushes which can be over 100 years previous and a French fashion backyard, Het Park is the right place to loosen up after a protracted week of labor. If you happen to’re fortunate, you might be able to spot some woodpeckers or tawny owls.

In regular occasions, Het Park turns right into a energetic spot with numerous meals festivals and occasions. Over the previous 12 months, it has been a bit extra quiet, however nonetheless an awesome spot to search out some nature within the metropolis. 

For €10.50 you’ll be able to go up the Euromast tower and benefit from the views of your complete metropolis. Whether or not you go throughout the day, or at night time when the entire of Rotterdam is lit up, you’re in for some unimaginable views. Had sufficient greenery for the day? Head to the close by financial institution of the river Maas and revel in some views of the Erasmus Bridge. 

If a second of peace and tranquility is what you’re searching for as a substitute, you shouldn’t miss the close by Schoonoord at Kievitslaan. A real hidden gem, Schoonoord is the right place to unwind. You may go to from 10 AM to five PM. 

📏 Stroll distance: 1+ kilometres relying on how shortly you discover the right picnic spot.
🚇 How you can get there: Take the metro to Erasmus MC (metro station Dijkzigt) or the tram to Kievitslaan.
📍 Place to begin: If you happen to get off at Kievitslaan, the higher fringe of the park will likely be proper in entrance of you. Simply cross the highway and also you’re there.
🗺 Route: Make your method into the park and let the winding paths lead you. 

3. Mountain climbing the Lage & Hoge Bergse Bos

Enterprise out of the forest and stroll within the solar alongside the river Rotte. Function Picture: Jana Vondráčková/Equipped

With highland cattle grazing components of the forest, strolling in Lage and Hoge Bergse Bos might be as shut as you will get to experiencing actual wilderness within the Netherlands. There are quite a few totally different hikes you’ll be able to go for, whether or not they’re three or 13 kilometers lengthy. 

The 2 forests supply area for all types of actions from mountain biking, curler skating, climbing, and canoeing to golf. It’s possible you’ll not be capable of get pleasure from every part throughout a single hike, however fortunately, there are tenting websites which you’ll keep at in the event you want to get pleasure from this piece of nature for longer than a day. 

If you happen to’re feeling additional adventurous, you can too mix your explorations of Lage and Hoge Bergse Bos with a stroll across the Zevenhuizerplas. On a heat sunny day, go away the shade of the forest bushes and stroll alongside the river Rotte as a substitute. You’ll see loads of cheerful Dutchies sunbathing on their boats. 

📏 Stroll distance: 10+ kilometres (however there are additionally many shorter routes).
🚗 How you can get there: Put the Eekhoornplaats or Mollenplaats car parking zone in your GPS and observe the instructions to get to Lage Bergse Bos. To start out your adventures in Hoge Bergse Bos, seek for Vliegenzwamplaats car parking zone or head to Oud Verlaat. Cross the Rotte river by way of the Rottebanbrug to enter the forest in the event you begin your wanderings in Oud Verlaat.
📍 Place to begin: Any spot within the forests is an efficient start line.
🗺 Route: Each Hoge Bergse Bos and Lage Bergse Bos have totally different routes to select from. A technique via each forests is about 5 km.

4. Stroll across the Zevenhuizerplas 

Benefit from the peace and tranquility of your stroll across the Zevenhuizerplas. Function Picture: Jana Vondráčková/Equipped

In search of a stroll via a paradise of water birds? Then a stroll across the Zevenhuizerplas is the right choice for you. You’ll have the possibility to identify kingfishers, cormorants, herons or reed. Whilst you’ll discover birds within the extra quiet areas across the lake, you can too cease by the extra energetic Nesselande seaside for a fast swim. 

This artificially created lake can also be an awesome leisure space for water sports activities fans, as it’s properly fitted to canoeing, paddleboarding, crusing and even browsing. 

📏 Stroll distance: About 7.5 kilometres to stroll across the lake.
🚇 How you can get there: Head to Oud Verlaat or take the metro to Nesselande.
📍 Place to begin: Make your method from the metro station to the Nesselande seaside in about seven minutes and begin your stroll across the lake. Alternatively, start your stroll at Oud Verlaat.
🗺 Route: Clockwise or anticlockwise, it’s as much as you!

5. Stroll via Zuiderpark

If you wish to enterprise to the south of Rotterdam, ensure you don’t miss out on a stroll in Zuiderpark. Zuiderpark is positioned within the neighbourhood of Charlois and is supposedly one of many largest metropolis parks within the Netherlands. 

The park covers 215 hectares which equals roughly 430 soccer fields. You may come right here to get pleasure from swamps, the forest, a seaside, little islands, and a big taking part in floor. Whilst you’re right here, attempt to spot the reed warbler or look out for the handfuls of bats at twilight. 

📏 Stroll distance: 7+ kilometres (and numerous shorter routes).
🚇 How you can get there: Take the metro to Slinge.
📍 Place to begin: Stroll about 4 minutes from the Slinge metro station after which enter the park.
🗺 Route: As you enter the park, choose whether or not you need to go left or proper and begin your wanderings from there. 

6. Wandelen round Prinsemolenpark & Bergse Plassen

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Need to get pleasure from some good previous Dutch windmills? Then a stroll via Prinsemolenpark and across the Bergse Voorplas is likely to be one thing for you. The windmill referred to as Molen de Vier Winden (Mill the 4 Winds) is positioned only some minutes stroll from the higher nook of the park. 

Prinsemolenpark is a inexperienced strip of land positioned in between the Bergse Voorplas and the river Rotte, which implies you’ll be able to get pleasure from marvelous views of the water from right here. Away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, that is the right spot to come back and savour a second of tranquility. 

📏 Stroll distance: 6 kilometres from Rotterdam Noord to Molen de Vier Winden and again.
🚗 How you can get there: Head to Rotterdam Noord practice station and make your method from there.
📍 Place to begin: Rotterdam Noord.
🗺 Route: Head north from the station by way of Bergweg, flip proper to Ceintuurbaan and when you get to the river Rotter simply proceed alongside it.

7. Enterprise to Het Schollebos

The greenery and blue skies of Het Schollebos. Picture: Wouter Engler/Wikimedia Commons/CC4.0

In case your wanderings take you to Capelle aan den IJssel, which is correct to the east of Rotterdam, ensure you stroll across the Schollebos. Schollebos is house to all types of tree species and an awesome spot to come across numerous mammals. Assume moles, hedgehogs, rabbits, and infrequently additionally hares and foxes. 

Though the pancake place referred to as Petit Restaurant Schollebos is a superb place to begin your stroll, we suggest treating your self to this tasty delight solely after you’ve walked across the park. 😉 

📏 Stroll distance: 3+ kilometres.
🚇 How you can get there: Take the metro to De Terp and stroll for quarter-hour to succeed in the pancake home.
📍 Place to begin: Begin on the pancake home Petit Restaurant Schollebos at Bermweg 133 and make your method across the park.
🗺 Route: Wander across the forest as you please, exploring the totally different ponds and creeks. 

8. Hike across the Ackerdijkse Plassen

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If residing within the largest port metropolis of the Netherlands nonetheless doesn’t fulfil your water view craving, head for a hike across the outskirts of the Ackerdijkse Plassen. A house to quite a few sorts of birds, Ackerdijkse Plassen is a closed nature reserve and a chosen chicken sanctuary. However don’t fear about lacking out on some nice views simply because the realm is closed to people. There are nonetheless three most important watchtowers that you may spot birds from in each season. 

📏 Stroll distance: Between 6 and 20 kilometres.
🚌 How you can get there: Take the bus to Oude Leede, Oude Leedeweg bus cease and head to Ackerdijkseweg to succeed in the start line of the loop.
📍 Place to begin: Ackerdijkseweg. Alternatively, begin at Pijnacker Zuid for an extended return stroll of about 20 km.
🗺 Route: Comply with the indicators across the fringe of the character reserve.

9. Stroll round Prinses Beatrixpark 

If you happen to’ve ever ventured west of Rotterdam to Schiedam, you most likely already know all about this gem. A spot to get pleasure from not solely strolling, but in addition a botanical backyard, a petting zoo, numerous playgrounds, and a few lekker eten, Prinses Beatrixpark is the largest park in Schiedam.

After the development of Wilhelminahaven within the Nineteen Fifties, the park was speculated to make up for the misplaced forest, and its creation was meant to offer jobs for the unemployed. Nevertheless after the 1953 floods in Zeeland, a lot of the newly acquired workforce left to work in Zeeland and Prinses Beatrixpark started to decay. In 2012, it was lastly revamped and now it provides a vibrant location within the metropolis to be loved with household and buddies. 

📏 Stroll distance: A loop across the park is about 2.5 kilometres.
🚇 How you can get there: Take the metro to Schiedam Nieuwland and stroll for about 5 minutes from the station to succeed in the park.
📍 Place to begin: Begin on the fringe of the park, or head to Restaurant Parckhoeven to fill up on some carbs earlier than starting your stroll.
🗺 Route: Left or proper, make a loop across the park, or simply weave your method via it. 

10. Go to Het Klauterwoud 

Seeking to enterprise even additional away from Rotterdam than Schiedam? Plan a stroll in Het Klauterwoud. Situated near Vlaardingen, Het Klauterwoud is a real paradise for kids. Stroll via the labyrinth of bushes and bushes and discover your internal adventurer as you discover the pure playgrounds.

📏 Stroll distance: Something between two and 10 kilometres relying on how a lot of the forest you determine to discover.
🚗 How you can get there: Park your automobile at Watersportweg 11 or 21. Alternatively, you’ll be able to go away your automobile on the Broekpolder car parking zone.
📍 Place to begin: Begin from the car parking zone and slowly make your method via Klouterwoud.
🗺 Route: Take a lap across the forest or stroll alongside the totally different paths. 

11. Stroll via centuries of Dutch historical past: Kinderdijk

Benefit from the views of Kinderdijk’s windmills at nightfall. Picture: Jana Vondráčková/Equipped

Fancy a wander via seven centuries of Dutch water administration? The Dutch have proven an unimaginable quantity of ability and persistence relating to managing water and preventing off the seas, and Kinderdijk is a main instance of their efforts. 

Situated solely a fast drive from the town, Kinderdijk is a UNESCO World Heritage Website and considered one of Netherlands’ hottest vacationer spots. Stroll alongside the canals and benefit from the view of 19 picturesque windmills. Folks truly stay in a few of them, so who is aware of? Possibly you’ll make some buddies with the locals when you’re right here. 

📏 Stroll distance: A stroll alongside the canal with windmills is about 1.5 kilometres.
🚌 How you can get there: Take a bus from Kralingse Zoom, or come by automobile or bike.
📍 Place to begin: Begin making your method across the space from the bus cease or the car parking zone.
🗺 Route: Simply observe the canal and benefit from the views of the picturesque windmills.
TIP: To beat the crowds, be certain that to go to Kinderdijk early within the morning or late within the afternoon.

12. Stroll to the coast: Hoek van Holland

Uncover these picturesque seaside homes in your stroll alongside the Hoek van Holland seaside. Picture: Jana Vondráčková/Equipped

What’s higher to elevate your temper than some vitamin sea? The Hoek van Holland seaside provides plentiful alternatives for walks with scenic views. 

You may go for a brief two-three kilometre stroll after which spend a laid again afternoon stress-free on the seaside or as a substitute go on an extended hike which takes you thru the native dunes, forests, and charming villages. In your method, you’ll be able to discover the bunkers and underground passages of the Atlantic Wall defence line. The choices listed below are really countless. 

📏 Stroll distance: You may go for walks and hikes between three to 10+ kilometres.
🚇 How you can get there: Take the metro from Rotterdam all the best way to Hoek van Holland Haven. From 2022, you can too journey all the best way to the Hoek van Holland seaside.
📍 Place to begin: Lots of the strolling routes begin on the vacationer info workplace on Prins Hendrikstraat.
🗺 Route: Select instructions based mostly on which route you need to take.

If you happen to’d wish to enterprise past Rotterdam and discover different nature areas within the Lowlands, try our guides on mountaineering in Amsterdam, The Hague, and Maastricht

Have you ever tried any of those walks? Are there another hikes and walks in Rotterdam that you simply’d wish to see added to the checklist? Tell us within the feedback under!

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