The Netherlands may be known for its beautiful canals, delicious food and photogenic windmills, but its beaches are popular in the warmer months. 1 of the favorite seaside spots is Scheveningen, a thriving coastal town just 15 minutes from urban center The Hague. The town was originally a fishing port, but in the early 19th century it became a bathing resort. Since then, it’s slowly filled with luxury hotels, attractions and fine dining. Today, a trip to South Holland is not complete without a visit to Scheveningen beach and its fun-filled pier.
A day at a Holland beach
Join the Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Tram from The Hague’s stunning Grote Kerk, a medieval church in the city center. Take in the sights of the city’s pretty streets on a short ride before jumping off the Tram at Scheveningen beach. This iconic Holland beach hosts Nieuwjaarsduik – the New Year’s Dive on January 1. It is also home to Beelden aan Zee, the sand sculpture museum tucked away among the dunes. In summer, the Scheveningen International Fireworks Festival displays keep crowds hanging around after dark, while year-round surfers and water-sports enthusiasts make their pilgrimage to the waves.
If you prefer a quieter beach, head to The Hague’s other favorite beach resort, Kijkduin. Here, cute beachfront cottages offer direct views of waves crashing onto the sand. Dutch locals love to find a spot on the sand and bask in the summer sun.
Ride the Ferris wheel at Scheveningen Pier
Originally built in 1901, the Scheveningen Pier was destroyed by a fire in 1943. The current pier was rebuilt in 1961 from cement, and today remains a cherished summer vacation destination offering shops, restaurants and amusements. Take a ride in Europe’s first Ferris wheel over the ocean, ride a zip line over the pier or test your courage with a bungee jump. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, or prefer to take in the sights and pick up souvenirs, Scheveningen Pier is impossible not to love.
Get your culture fix
The beach may be the main attraction but there’s plenty to do for non-beach goers here too. At Sea Life aquarium, marvel at sharks, brightly colored fish, sea turtles and rays. AFAS Circustheater is the place to go to take in a show. It first opened in 1904 and played host to a circus, but these days you’ll find critically acclaimed theater productions and concerts. Scheveningen is a seaside town with a rich history to explore. At less than an hour from Amsterdam to The Hague by train, and then just 15 minutes by tram, these Netherlands beaches are fun for all.