Virtual Tour 33a: Scheveningen

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.

7 response to "Virtual Tour 33a: Scheveningen"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: June 22, 2020

    Thank you for the pictures! ! We have visited den Haag often to visit friends there, and no visit is complete without walks along the sea.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 22, 2020

      I miss den Haag. I was talking about den Haag yesterday with some friends who also lived there when I did. Most of the chat was about restaurants 😄

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 23, 2020

    All those Dutchies in their orange beanies heading towards the 5 degree water…wow…the world has gone mad.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: June 23, 2020

    January 1st in my part of the world means an average air temperature of about 17-degrees (F), which is well below zero (C). And it’s often much colder than that. I admire the 10,000 people who run into the North Sea, but I also admire the couple hundred people who participate in our local “Polar Bear Plunges.” The organizers use saws to cut through six inches of ice so the hardy souls can jump into water barely above freezing. I did it once. When I came up, I screamed! None of the people in the following video were me though.

    https://youtu.be/Ty7rqgPjHx0

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 23, 2020

      I was a foreign exchange student in the US. Thank goodness, not in Excelsior. 🥶

    • By: The Navigator Posted: June 24, 2020

      I love that it is so cold that they have to wear shoes so their skin doesn’t stick to the ice on the platform!!

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: June 24, 2020

    I’m not a beach person at all, but I would be all up for the Polar Bear Plunge. My boyfriend and I used to go skinny-dipping at least once a month at the local reservoir all year round. The coldest time ever was 6F degrees. We had to break the ice a couple times, but not 6 inches of it like Greg!!

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