The Hague and Scheveningen – a getaway to the Netherlands

We often just do some short weekend trips, to get out of everyday life. As we like to go to the Netherlands and breathe some fresh air at the sea, we have been to Scheveningen, The Hague twice yet (you can find our last report here). It’s not far, we can go there by car and the beachfront promenade and the pier are perfect for a relaxing walk at the beach and some good food and drinks at the same time.

As we have been neglecting the city center of The Hague by that the last times, we have decided to check it out thins time too. And we weren’t let down by it.

We stayed at the “The Student Hotel” in the city center, where we had a pleasant stay. From here on we were able to walk to the shopping street and some sights, for anything a little bit further away such as Scheveningen and the beach, you can take different tram lines from here that bring you to almost anywhere in the city. A day pass for the public transport within the city center and to Scheveningen is only 6.50€ for an adult.

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As we always like to check out the supermarkets for some sweets and food we don’t get in Germany, we did some shopping here first before we had lunch at “Very Italian Pizza” right in the heart of the city.

The Hague has a lot to offer. The skyscrapers around the Hoftoren are a great contrast to the historical buildings in the city center, such as the Peace Palace and the Binnenhof. The Hague is seat of the Dutch government and parliament, many foreign embassies, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court which makes it a very important city in the Netherlands and the world, even if it is not the capital.

The long history of the city starting in the 13th century is reason for the many historic buildings in the city. But the city has found a way to combine modernism and historic architecture in many parts of the city, so that the city is never becoming boring but always changing a little without trying to erase any historical sites but integrating it into the recent cityscape.

After the shopping part of the day and lunch we took a short break before going to the beach in the afternoon. From the city center it’s about 20-30 minutes to the beach by tram, depending on where your hotel is located. At the beach you have a wide range of things to do, even if in winter they remove the beach bars and restaurants that are adjacent to the beach. The pier that has been modernized over the last years invites to roam around and have a good view onto the beach when having some Dutch fries or drinks in one of the small restaurants and bars on the lower level. On top of it you are standing outside, can let the sea breeze wave your hair while enjoying a view onto the Kurhaus on the one side and the sea on the other. There is a ferris wheel at the pier too and you can also do bungee jumping from a crane.

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After walking around at the beach and pier we decided to have a drink at the Blrvd, one of the bars at the beach promenade. The bars that are directly in front of the Kurhaus and the little mall are also open during winter time.

As we already ate a lot that day (including sweets) we just returned back to the hotel after that, it was becoming late already anyways and we went on with some dutch sweets before going to bed.

On Sunday we had breakfast, took our car from the garage and went to Scheveningen again. Last time we paid a lot for parking here, this time, lucky us, parking was free as there was no gate at the entry. If you come here, mind that parking here near the beach is not cheap.

We took a long walk at the beach, met a lot of dogs and seagulls, had a last warm Chocomel at the pier and drove back home afterwards.

We will definitely return here again, we don’t know how soon, but as it is near to our home we can just go here by car, The Hague offers a great combination of an interesting city and the seaside with its long beach and the dune landscape. Beside that there are plenty of possibilities to go out and eat something good or have some drinks and the city center is great for some shopping, too.

 

Where we stayed:

  • The Student Hotel The Hague (Tripadvisor) – good budget hotel in the city center, parking garage available, modern and simple interior, everything you need: free wifi, a bar and café area, big lounge and working areas, even washing machines and a small basketball court are available, breakfast is ok (nothing spectacular but at a fair price)

 

Where to go:

  1. De Pier Scheveningen (Tripadvisor) – great to walk over beach and sea and have drinks or snacks here while enjoying the view
  2. Very Italian Pizza (Tripadvisor) – Pizza restaurant in the city center, nothing really special but good pizza
  3. Blvrd (Tripadvisor) – nice bar and restaurant at the beach promenade in Scheveningen we had some good drinks here
  4. Zanzibar Beach Club (Tripadvisor) – unfortunately closed in winter (no specific time, was open in March last year), friendly staff, right at the beach, good drinks and tasty food

 

How to get to The Hague?

You can easily go to The Hague by car, coach or train from within Europe. Public transportation is connecting the city center of The Hague with Scheveningen and the public transport system all over the Netherlands is really good.

If you come in by plane, the next Airport is the Rotterdam The Hague airport (RTM). Unfortunately not many airlines fly here. You can reach it on Lufthansa and BMI Regional through Munich or Turkish Airlines through Istanbul if you come from another continent, Transavia, Vueling, British Airways and Flybe are other airlines who fly to RTM from different European cities.

Easier might be using the airport of Amsterdam where a lot more airlines fly too.

 

Thank you for reading, we hope we were able to give you some interesting insight into our trip

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