Hollands seaside resort of Scheveningen

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Kurhuis Scheveningen © Arch

Kurhuis Scheveningen © Arch

Scheveningen is one of the eight districts of The Hague, as well as a subdistrict (wijk) of that city. Scheveningen is a modern seaside resort with a long sandy beach, an esplanade, a pier, and a lighthouse. The beach is popular for water sports such as windsurfing and kiteboarding. A nudist section is 1 km to the north. The harbor is used for both fishing and tourism.

In 1818, Jacob Pronk constructed a wooden building on a dune near the sea, from where people could bathe from four separate rooms. It marked the start of Scheveningen as a bathing resort. Since then, Scheveningen has attracted numerous tourists from all over Europe, notably from Germany. The hotel and restaurant Kurhaus was opened in 1886. The picturesque village attracted many Dutch artists over the centuries, to paint the bomschuiten drawn up on the beach, or fishermen at work in the North Sea. Notable painters who recorded the village include Adriaen van de Velde, Simon de Vlieger and Hendrik Willem Mesdag, whose enormous panorama, 14 m high and 120 m wide, preserves the view of Scheveningen in 1881. The International Skating Union was founded in Scheveningen in 1892.

United Nations Detention Unit © Michiel1972 Street view © Michielverbeek North Sea © Dick Mudde Fortis Circustheater © Lennart Bolks Scheveningen sea front © Scatterheartsforever Scheveningen Pier © Osvaldo Gago Scheveningen Pier entrance © Michielverbeek Scheveningen Panorama © Patrick Clenet Scheveningen Lighthouse © LennartBolks Scheveningen Kurhuis © Lybil BER New Year swimming 2011 © Pemm Holland Casino Scheveningen © Lennart Bolks Annual sand sculpture competition © Deeptrivia Kurhuis Scheveningen © Arch
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Annual sand sculpture competition © Deeptrivia
Annual events include:

  • Winter swim on New Year’s Day, locally known as Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year’s dive)
  • Flags Day in spring when the first new herring of the year is auctioned
  • Fireworks in summer: once a week and several days during a festival week

A visit to Scheveningen can include:

  • The Sea Museum
  • The pier; it has two floors, the upper one open air, the lower one closed in
  • The miniature city Madurodam
  • The sculpture museum Beelden aan Zee
  • The Panorama Mesdag
  • A visit to the beach

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