Part of The Hague and a popular coastal town in Holland, Scheveningen is an attractive seaside resort with a long, sandy beach, which is excellent for windsurfing and kiteboarding, a pier for fishing, an esplanade, and a historic lighthouse. Once a quiet, quaint fishing village in the mid-19th century, Scheveningen is now packed with things to see and do from enjoying fun in the sun at Scheveningen Beach to exploring the many museums, galleries, and historical sites, and sampling the local food and beer at a bustling restaurant or café.
The Scheveningen Pier is an iconic landmark of the city, extending 1,300 feet into the sea and standing several feet above the water on the western side of the city. Built in the early 1900s as a wooden promenade above the sea, the pier burned down in 1943, was reconstructed in 1962 out of cement, and now features a variety of attractions and entertainment. The Pier is home to a 130-foot high Ferris wheel, a 1,200-foot zip line, Bungy Jump Holland, luxurious hotel suites, sun decks, picnic areas, restaurants, and picnic areas. The famous pier hosts a variety of festivals, cultural events, musical performances and markets and markets throughout the year, and is open daily, year-round with free admission.
150-154 Strandweg, Den Haag, The Netherlands, Phone: +316-10-38-68-59
2.Kunstmuseum Den Haag (previously Gemeentemuseum)
© Kunstmuseum Den Haag (previously Gemeentemuseum)
Previously known as Gemeentemuseum, the Kunstmuseum Den Haag is an art museum in The Hague that features a massive collection of modern art, including the largest of works by Piet Mondrian in the world. Designed by Dutch architect H.P. Berlage and built between 1931–1935 in an Art Deco style, the museum is best known for contemporary art and houses over 150,000 artworks form the Modernist era. Many of Mondrian’s most iconic works are permanently on display, such as Victory Boogie-Woogie, along with pieces by Picasso, Monet, Degas, Pyke Koch, and the Toorop brothers. The Kunstmuseum Den Haag offers guided tours through the contemporary and modern art collections and hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including lectures, symposiums, and workshops.
41 Stadhouderslaan, Scheveningen Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands, Phone: +317-03-38-11-11
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Scheveningen has several beaches, some of which have ‘Blue Flag’ status - an international symbol for safe and clean beaches – that offer an array of activities from sunbathing and swimming to windsurfing, kiteboarding, and beach volleyball. Scheveningen Beach stretches for almost three miles along the Dutch coastline and features an esplanade that is lined with cafés, beach bars, and restaurants with beach-side terraces boasting beautiful sea views. Popular activities at the beach include surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, and beach soccer and volleyball, which are practiced on the beach at Olympic level during the summer. There are also many beach pavilions that can be used for picnics and special events.
Scheveningen Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
4.The Peace Palace
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The Peace Palace is a building in The Hague that stands as a symbol for law and justice. Built in 1913 to house the Permanent Court of Arbitration, today the building is home to several prominent organizations, including the International Court of Justice, The Hague Academy of International Law, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the Peace Palace Library. The Palace boasts a beautiful Neo-Renaissance design and has an impressive collection of priceless artworks gifted to the Netherlands over the past 100 years. A visitor center at the Palace offers guided tours through the buildings.
2 Carnegieplein, Scheveningen Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands, Phone: +317-03-02-42-42
Madurodam is a miniature park in The Hague that features a charming model city made up of small replicas of the Netherlands’ most iconic landmarks. Originally established as a monument to the resistance hero George Maduro, the mini-city boasts 1:25 scale model replicas of public buildings, industrial projects, and famous Dutch castles, all of which have been reconstructed with an exceptional level of detail to make them look almost identical to their real-life counterparts. The park also features several other interactive exhibitions, play areas, and family-friendly attractions, such as helping a plane take-off at Schiphol Airport or loading containers onto a cargo ship in the miniature port of Rotterdam. Madurodam is open daily, year-round.
1 George Maduroplein, Scheveningen Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands, +317-04-16-24-00
6.Museum Beelden Zee
© Museum Beelden Zee
Nestled among the Scheveningen dunes, the Beelden aan Zee museum ('Sculptures by the Sea') is a private institution that focuses exclusively on contemporary sculpture. Founded by Theo and Lida Scholten in 1994, the museum celebrates contemporary three-dimensional artwork with a collection of around 2,000 sculptures, reliefs, and models collected over the past century that explore the theme ' humankind.’ Most of the collection is displayed in an open-air gallery space above Scheveningen Beach with signature pieces like five bronze portraits of the current Royal Family, and a free sculpture garden on the boulevard of Scheveningen has fairytale-like sculptures by American sculptor Tom Otterness.
1 Harteveltstraat, Scheveningen Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, 2586 EL, The Netherlands, Phone: +317-03-58-58-57
7.SEA LIFE Scheveningen
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SEA LIFE Scheveningen is a family-friendly marine sanctuary on Scheveningen's Boulevard that gives visitors a glimpse into the incredible underwater life in the world’s oceans. The aquarium is divided into several zones dedicated to specific habitats with 45 aquariums housing all sorts of marine creatures ranging from sharks, rays, sea turtles, eels, jellyfish, crabs, and more. Interactive exhibitions include a transparent ‘ocean tunnel,’ a hands-on touch pool where children can feel crabs and starfish and feeding sessions with different animals that visitors can attend every day. SEA LIFE Scheveningen offers behind-the-scenes tours during the school holidays and takes part in a variety of conservation programs.
SEA LIFE is open throughout the year.
13 Strandweg, Scheveningen Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, 2586 JK, The Netherlands, Phone: +317-03-54-21-00
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El Gusto is a stylish and sophisticated restaurant that focuses on contemporary dishes of Mediterranean fare and Spanish tapas. Boasting modern décor, a large bar, and dimmed lights, the trendy dining spot specializes in authentic Spanish tapas and offers a menu offers delicious plates of imported meats such as Serrano ham, Spanish salami, and paprika-sparked smoked pork sausage, cheeses such as Manchego and queso Azul, and fresh seafood like baby octopus and seared shrimp. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. El Gusto is open for dinner only, Monday through Sunday.
Danckertsstraat 37, 2517 TE Den Haag, Netherlands, Phone: +317-02-14-10-23
9.Restaurant Keraton Damai
Restaurant Keraton Damai (translated to ‘Palace of Peace’) serves Indonesian and Javan cuisine in an elegant, palatial-like setting. Established in 1992, the restaurant is based in a beautifully appointed former living room of a 19th-century mansion at the Groot Hertoginnelaan, Keraton Damai serves an array of traditional Indonesian cuisine prepared in a traditional Javanese way. Surrounded by traditional Southeast Asian décor and fragrant blooming orchids, patrons can savor authentic cuisine from the island of Java, ranging from delicious rijsttafels to an array of á la carte specialties. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft and draft beers, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits. Restaurant Keraton Damai is open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
Groot Hertoginnelaan 57, 2517 EC Den Haag, Netherlands, Phone: +317-03-63-93-71
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Poetri Ajoe is a family-friendly Asian fusion-style restaurant that serves Southeast Asian cuisine in a casual and comfortable setting. The restaurant features contemporary décor with Asian accents and ample seating and serves a menu featuring a wide variety of market-driven dishes of beef, chicken, pork, and fish dishes, along with noodles, rice, and vegetarian options. The food is accompanied by a variety of craft and imported beers, global wines, and handcrafted cocktails made with high-end spirits. Poetri Ajoe is open for dinner only, seven days a week.
Van Boetzelaerlaan 134, 2581 AX Den Haag, Netherlands, Phone: +317-03-55-36-36
11.3Stones Kenyan Restaurant
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3Stone Kenyan Restaurant brings the tastes and flavors of Kenya to the heart of The Netherlands. Vibrantly decorated with African-inspired décor and furnishings, and handmade napkins and tablemats made from Maasai cloth, the restaurant serves a menu of traditional Kenyan cuisine presented on large trays to encourage sociable dining where everyone shares the food. Owned by Gigi and Priscillah, take guests on a culinary safari through the heart of Kenya with dishes like Sambusa, Mombasa-style chicken skewers, and sautéed tiger prawns called Kamba Pili Pili. Lively African music plays in the background, and the full-service bar offers a selection of craft and imported beers, global wines, and handcrafted cocktails made with high-end spirits. 3Stone Kenyan Restaurant is open for dinner, Wednesday through Sunday.
Laan van Meerdervoort 46 a, 2517 AM Den Haag, Netherlands, Phone: +317-03-60-87-61
Mandarin Palace is a Chinese restaurant that serves authentic Chinese cuisine in a casual and comfortable setting. The restaurant features Asian-style décor and an elegant cocktail lounge where diners can enjoy a drink before or after dinner. The menu features appetizers such as shrimp egg rolls, garlic chicken wings, and beef skewers, entrées of chow foon, chow mein, vegetarian and chicken noodles, and fresh sushi, and steamed dim sum. The extensive menu also features a range of beef, chicken, pork, and fish dishes, along with noodles, rice, and vegetarian dishes and a variety of drinks, including original sake, craft beers, global wines, and fruit juices. Mandarin Palace is open for dinner, Wednesday through Monday.
Nicolaistraat 35, 2517 SZ Den Haag, Netherlands, Phone: +317-03-60-66-16
13.Warunee Thai Food
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Warunee Thai Food is a contemporary Thai restaurant that serves top-notch cuisine in an elegant setting. Nestled in The Hague, the premier Thai food restaurant has been serving authentic Thai cuisine for years, using passed-down family recipes and traditional Thai cooking techniques. Boasting a reputation for delicious, unique cuisine, the restaurant serves a menu of delicious dishes such as green, yellow and Panang curries, Pad Thai, Pad Gra Prow, Spicy Catfish, Choo Chee Salmon, Yum Nue or Yum Gai, and Tom Yum Goong. Warunee Thai Food offers a variety of drinks, including craft beers, casual wines, sodas, and fruit juices, and is open for dinner daily.
Laan van Meerdervoort 37A, 2517 AD Den Haag, Netherlands, Phone: +317-04-27-12-25
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Le Borsalino is a family-friendly contemporary restaurant that has been serving the finest cuts of aged steak, barbecue, and Swiss-style fondue. Boasting elegant décor with dark accents, elegantly dressed tables, and gleaming silverware, the restaurant serves a menu of prime barbecue made with choice beef, free-range chicken and pork, unlimited fondue and a range of vegetarian options. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. Le Borsalino is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
Laan van Meerdervoort 196A, 2517 BJ Den Haag, Netherlands, Phone: +317-03-45-98-58
14 Best Things to Do in Scheveningen, Netherlands
- Scheveningen Pier, Photo: napa74/stock.adobe.com
- Kunstmuseum Den Haag (previously Gemeentemuseum), Photo: Kunstmuseum Den Haag (previously Gemeentemuseum)
- Scheveningen Beach, Photo: Sergii Figurnyi/stock.adobe.com
- The Peace Palace, Photo: Tobias Arhelger/stock.adobe.com
- Madurodam, Photo: Madurodam
- Museum Beelden Zee, Photo: Museum Beelden Zee
- SEA LIFE Scheveningen, Photo: SEA LIFE Scheveningen
- El Gusto, Photo: El Gusto
- Restaurant Keraton Damai, Photo: sewu/stock.adobe.com
- Poetri Ajoe, Photo: Poetri Ajoe
- 3Stones Kenyan Restaurant, Photo: 3Stones Kenyan Restaurant
- Mandarin Palace, Photo: timolina/stock.adobe.com
- Warunee Thai Food, Photo: Warunee Thai Food
- Le Borsalino, Photo: Le Borsalino
- Cover Photo: Ankor light/stock.adobe.com