Suzanne asked, “But where are the pictures of the beach?” in response to Virtual Tour 33: Den Haag 1.
I have Virtual Tour 34: Den Haag 2 ready to go. There are no pictures of the beach in that post either. To correct that oversight . . .
Scheveningen is one of the eight districts of Den Haag. It is a seaside resort and is Den Haag’s local beach. Scheveningen’s most visible landmark is its pier and bungee-jumping tower. A 45 metre / 146 foot Ferris wheel was added to the pier in 2016. I’ll have to go back to see that.
There are sand dunes either side of Scheveningen.
This is the view south toward Scheveningen from the hill near the tram stop.
The beach is a major attraction. Beach clubs open in the summer.
In Spring and Fall, the beach can be very quiet.
Not on one day in winter though. On 1st January upwards of 10,000 people brave the North Sea for the New Year’s Day Swim. Not me. The water temperature is about 5ºC / 41ºF. My tropical blood is too thin for that.
There are other attractions besides the beach. The Beelden aan Zee museum, founded in 1994, is the only Dutch museum which specializes in exhibiting sculpture. The museum has terraces on the dune.
A public sculpture garden is located on Scheveningen Boulevard.
The Kurhaus was built in 1885 and consisted originally of a concert hall and a hotel. It was renamed the Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus in 2014.
Naturally, there is a bike path along the beach to the south.
And through the dunes to the north.
If you are peckish after a day at the beach, stop at a stall like this one to buy lekkerbek or kibbeling.
That’s fried whiting fillets and fried pieces of cod, both very popular in the Netherlands.