When we think about beaches near The Hague, Scheveningen is what usually comes to mind. But The Hague has another, smaller, quieter seaside resort called Kijkduin. A hidden pearl for a wonderful day at the beach!
- Discover peace and space at Kijkduin’s Zuiderstrand.
- Visit the ‘Heavenly Vault’ with your children and admire the extraordinary view.
- Enjoy some great fish at one of the beach pavilions.
What to do in Kijkduin?
Kijkduin is the wonderfully quiet seaside resort of The Hague. The most beautiful stretch of beach can be found at Zuiderstrand, which is a great place to enjoy a day at the beach (your children will love it, too!).
If the sun is not out or you just want to get some exercise, Kijkduin is also a great place for a stroll, a hike or a bicycle ride. There are great cycling routes through the dunes of The Hague and along the pleasant boulevard. While you are there, why not enjoy a drink and a bite at once of the terraces with a view of the sea?
If you prefer to go shopping, Kijkduin has much to offer as well. There is a shopping mall, and the many small side streets are populated with great boutiques that overflow with clothing, shoes and accessories.
The children will love the ‘Atlantis playboat’. You can also visit Kijkduin’s old lighthouse for a wonderful view. And then there is the ‘Heavenly Vault’, of course, a huge elliptical crater from which the sky appears as though it were a vault. It also offers an amazing view of the beach and sea from the top.
Where to eat?
If you want to enjoy a great lunch or dinner while looking out over the sea, there are several beach pavilions in Kijkduin. Habana Beach (address: Zuiderstrand 15/16), for instance, which serves flavourful fish and pizzas. Beachclub Titus (address: Deltaplein 1) is the place for excellent fish and grill, and Klein Seinpost (address: Deltaplein 600) serves sweet poffertjes (mini pancakes) and pancakes in the traditional Dutch style.
Editor’s tip: Don’t forget to explore Fort Kijkduin, a fortress commissioned by Napoleon, and learn more about the history, population and surroundings of the place.