Kralingse Bos and Plas
History of the Kralingse Bos and Plas
The Kralingse Bos forest encircles the Kralingse Plas lake and covers 200 hectares. The Rotterdam city park was created around the Noorderplas lake (as the Kralingse Plas was then called) in the early 20th century. The Kralingse Plas was created towards the end of the 19th century as a result of peat extraction. Two centuries-old windmills remind us of this history.
The lake began to be used for recreational purposes around the 1900s; the first water sports club also dates from this era. Today there are as many as five water sports clubs near the Kralingse Plas and the area has evolved into one of Holland's best recreational parks.
Around the Kralingse Plas
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Rotterdam metropolis, why not visit the lake and forest? And if you have brought your running shoes with you, you might want to give the famous ‘Kralingse Plas tour’ around the lake a try. This 5 km run takes in all of the highlights in the Kralingse Bos and around the Kralingse Plas.