Rotterdam Kralingen is one of the most populair areas in Rotterdam. Whether you are a student or family, this is a great place to stay! Kralingen is very centrally located but has this old town feeling. You will be in town with 5 minutes bike tour. Also, if you are a student, this is a perfect area to stay since it so close to the Erasmus University.
The downside of this popularity are the prices of the area, they can be quite high!
Kralingen is located next to the “Kralingse Plas”. This is the biggest park of Rotterdam and one of the reasons of its popularity. The park has a big lake in the middle where people can rent a sailing boat and enjoy the outdoors. Next to there are two nice Bar/Restaurants to be found there called De Tuin and De Schone Lei. Both are located at the water and especially De Schone Lei has a great view in the evening with the Rotterdam skyline in the back.
Kralingse plas Rotterdam
Housing Rotterdam Kralingen
Housing can be quite expensive in Kralingen due to its popularity. Expect to pay at least € 1000,- a month for a 50-60m2 bedroom. Maybe a better option is the rent a room for around € 500 – € 600 euros a month (excluding utilities). If this is not in your budget, check out areas in Rotterdam Noord /Blijdorp or even Rotterdam Zuid. If you like a more metropolitan feeling, check out the city centre disctrict.
Please not that Rotterdam Kralingen has really nice buildings and really ugly ones. The latter were build just after WW2 and were build cheaply. Try to stay away from them or you would not enjoy the real Rotterdam Kralingen feeling!
Restaurants & Bars
Rotterdam Kralingen is very popular amongst students and hence the great offer of nice bars and restaurants. As said above “De Tuin” and “De Schone Lei” are nice option especially for eating and drinking the summer. In winter, you should try Locus Publicus, a very cosy bar specialize in serving all kinds of beer with a nice fireplace in winter.