The five best picnic spots near campus

Summer may be coming to an end, but with a waterproof picnic blanket, you won’t have to pass up opportunities for a picnic! For your convenience, we have listed the best places on and around the campus. Perfect if you want to lunch outdoors or fill in time before your next lecture. Or if you simply fancy a picnic, which – let’s face it – we all do from time to time!

1. In front of the Berchmanianum monastery

Luckily, you don’t have far to go to find a beautiful picnic spot – you can put down your blanket right in front of the Berchmanianum. There’s a large lawn next to a pond, where students and staff regularly gather. With its beautiful view of the former monastery and its sheltering trees, this is one of our favourites!

How to get there
The Berchmanianum monastery is located at Houtlaan 4. Walk south around the Erasmus building and cross the park behind it. You’ll find this picnic spot right by the Heyendaalseweg (opposite the sports fields).

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2. Brakkenstein Park

Just a stone’s throw from the campus is Brakkenstein Park, which is behind the sports fields of the Radboud Sports Centre. Whether you’re a first-year student or you’ve been at the university for years, this gem simply must be part of your repertoire.

How to get there
From the Erasmus building, go south along the Heyendaalseweg. Then turn left and left again and you’ll see Park Brakkenstein on your right. Relax and enjoy!

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3. Julianapark

You probably know it, but it’s often overlooked, such a shame! It’s one of the first parks that you come across when you head into town from the campus. It’s a mere six minutes away by bike. And what could be nicer after a long day than relaxing in a beautiful park with delicious food and drink?! And it’s a great place for meeting people too!

How to get there
From the Erasmus building, head north along the Heyendaalseweg. After six minutes or so, you’ll come to the Julianapark on your left – you can't miss it! And there’s plenty of parking too.

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4. Thiemepark

If you bike along the Sint Annastraat towards the city, you’ll find this hidden gem. Nestled among the houses of Bottendaal (behind the Campusbaan) you’ll find the Thiemeloods, with the Thiemepark right alongside. This fenced-off park is often lovely and quiet, the perfect spot for enjoying the sun and a good book. And it’s good to know that there’s a pop-up bar where you can buy a drink in the evenings!

How to get there
Head north along the Sint Annastraat until you come to Café St. Anneke. Cross the road and turn into the Van Goorstraat. Keep going until you reach the Thiemepark.

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5. The Rosarium in the Goffertpark

You’ll be familiar with the Goffertpark of course, but have you ever been to the rose garden? Close to the Goffertbad swimming pool, this hidden spot is a green and tranquil oasis in the vast park. You can sit on one of the many benches and watch the world go by or take a rug with you and stretch out on the grass – the choice is yours!

How to get there
From the Grotius building, head west along the Slotemaker de Bruineweg. Keep going until you come to the ornamental garden on the left. Park your car or bike there and walk through to the Rosarium.

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