On the 18th of September, 2019 I visited the beach of Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands. Despite having chosen to visit the beach at a late time in the year, it was luckily quite a nice and bright day, allowing me to take a bunch of nice photos.
Scheveningen is a beautiful place by the sea, making it a favorite spot for people, both natives as well as tourists, to relax and have fun. It’s a part of The Hague, a big city in the Netherlands. Scheveningen has a long sandy beach where you can build sandcastles or swim in the North Sea. It’s also famous for its pier, a long walkway over the water with several restaurants and attractions. You can also go for a ride on a ferris wheel and see the whole coastline. At the harbor, you’ll find lots of fresh fish, and there’s even a Sea Life center where you can meet all sorts of sea creatures. It’s like a seaside paradise!
I was born in The Hague and as a kid, my parents often took me on a visit to the beach of Scheveningen. It’s quite a popular resort throughout the year, and especially in the summer. In addition to a beach, Scheveningen offers many restaurants, a (newly built) ferris wheel, bungee jumping, surfing lessons, casinos and so forth.
Back in the day, there was a little children’s arcade at the pier, with mini games such as whack-a-mole, basket ball, coin machines etc.
Scheveningen can be easily reached from The Hague Central Station by bus and tram.
The ferris wheel of Scheveningen (SkyView de Pier) is quite unique in it being Europe’s first ferris wheel above the sea. The ferris wheel is over 50 meters tall and counts 36 gondolas with air conditioning as well as 1 luxury (VIP) cabin with a glass floor. Each gondola has space for a maximum of 6 persons. Tickets start at 7 euros for children and 9 euros for adults (per person) and allow you to view the beach of Scheveningen as well as the skyline of The Hague over a course of 10 minutes. Moreover, it is possible to enjoy lunch, dinner or high tea inside the gondola.
For the daredevils among us, Scheveningen offers bungee jumping from a height of 60 meters at Bungee Jump Holland. In order to be allowed to bungee jump, you will have to be 18 years old at minimum, or have permission from your parent(s)/guardian(s).
Another view of the pier of Scheveningen and the bungee jump place and ferris wheel.
Boulevard of Scheveningen. Aside from the many restaurants near the beach, you will also find artistic statues, each representing something about the Netherlands.
You may have heard of eating herring in the Netherlands. :) This artistic statue represents how the first catch of the year is eaten on Flag Day.