Trompenburg is located at the edge of the city in the district of Kralingen next to the Excelsior FC football ground and near the Erasmus University.
If coming by public transport take tram 21 or tram 24 from Rotterdam Centraal station or Rotterdam Blaak station towards De Esch. Alight at the Woudestein stop on the Honingerdijk.
By car follow the A16 and take exit 25 to the center of Rotterdam. Follow te signs ‘Honingerdijk/ Trompenburg’. There is a parking area just in front of the garden.
Trompenburg is a beautifully designed botanic garden boasting a large collection of trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and tubers. Located in the district of Kralingen just outside Rotterdam city centre, this is a real treasure trove for any plant lover and an oasis of tranquillity for walkers away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Come and enjoy the serene beauty of Trompenburg –
Trompenburg Gardens & Arboretum was established in 1820. At that time it was one of the many country estates in the judicial district of Cralingen. The oldest part of the garden is in the English landscape style and the atmosphere of the past still lingers there to this day.
Over the years Trompenburg, which now covers eight hectares(twenty acres), has developed into a complex of connected gardens and water features. Of special interest are the ecological Forest Garden De Overtuin, the aviary, the desert hot house and the cosy tea room.
Trompenburg has an excellent network of pathways for all the family to explore. Throughout the year visitors are delighted to find surprises around every corner. Nature’s beauty changes magically with each new season.
Trompenburg offers even more. An exceptional diversity of succulents is grown in the desert hot house. The tea room ‘De Uithoek’ (The Far Corner) has a shady terrace where refreshments and lunch are served. The seating area at the reception is an ideal place to read a book or magazine and garden souvenirs are available at the shop.
Throughout the year Sunday afternoon guided walks, workshops and lectures are arranged. Annually there are four big events: Annuals for Sale, The Spring Plant Days, The Autumn Fair and The Christmas Market.
The Forest Garden De Overtuin (The Garden over the Road) that opened in 2018 is a man made bionetwork inspired by the principles of natural balance found in ancient woodlands utilising edible plants. Take a walk here and find out more about this kind of ecosystem.
Explorer’s Trail for Children
Children can follow the Explorer’s Trail where they play hands-on to learn about the garden. This activity is mentioned in the pamphlet “Grenzeloos Groen” (Endlessly Green).
Trompenburg Gardens & Arboretum boasts a superior collection of trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and tubers. The Dutch National Collections of Quercus (oak), Fagus (beech), Ilex (holly) and Hosta are all found here. Trompenburg grows seven hundred varieties of rhododendron and every year visitors from all over the world come to admire them in bloom. They are at their best in the month of May.