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Old March 21st, 2008, 10:43 AM   #1
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Rotterdam Kralingen

Rotterdam has somewhat of a reputation of being all towers, modern buildings and shabby commieblocks,
however the districts surrounding the city centre are mostly pre-war. One of these is Kralingen. This was
actually an independent municipality until it was swallowed by Rotterdam in 1895.

01. The western part of Kralingen is post-war, it was lost during the 1940 bombardment. It now consists
mostly of low-cost rental homes. There are plans to restructure this part of the city. This is one of the nicer streets.



04. Here the shabby old houses are being torn down, a new development with condos will be built here

05. The Lusthofstraat, a shopping street.

06. Further on to the east there are these nice avenues, this one is the Voorschoterlaan. This area was
built around 1900. The eastern part of Kralingen is one of the richest and most expensive parts of the city.


08. Avenue Concordia.


10. Hoflaan.

11. A pond.



14. In Rotterdam, when something is really old, people say that it's 'as old as the road to Kralingen'.
This is that road, the 's Gravenweg.



17. These are called 'volkstuintjes', allotment gardens. Originally they were meant for people from the
city who don't have a garden of their own but still want to grow their own vegetables. Nowadays they
have more of a recerational purpose.



20. Now we enter the Kralingse Bos (Kralingse forest), a park surrounding an artificial lake. This was
constructed in the 1930's, partly by people unemployed during the crisis.

21. The forest,




25. The lake (Kralingse Plas) is located to the north of the city centre, from here you have a great
view of the skyline.


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28. Of course, being a Dutch city, there are also some windmills.

29. From here we go south.

30. Park Rozenburg is a small park located just to the south of the Kralinge Bos.

31. An old school building.

32. The Oude Dijk, further to the east this becomes the 's Gravenweg.





37. Kralingen is home to the Erasmus university.

38. It also has it's own football club, Excelsior.

39. The start of the Maasboulevard, the mail entrance to the city from this side.

40. A walk along the Maas river. The Red Apple (the tower u/c behind the big white building) is really
making a impact in the skyline.

41. The Tropicana swiming pool (don't go there).


43. An older bulding at the Boerengat (an inner harbour).

44. Red Apple under construction.

45. The Boerengat again.

46. The Oostplein, there are plans to buld a tower on top of the building to the right. However, this is the
only building so close to the city centre on this side to have survived the 1940 bombing, so a lot of people
don't like that plan.

47. The Oostzedijk (eastern sea dike, not a sea dike anymore).

48. The Slaak.

49. And back to start.

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