1. 1. Paviljoen Malieveld

    Handy start and meeting point at the edge of The Hague city centre.
  2. 2. The Hague Forest

    Did you know that this is the oldest forest in the Netherlands?
  3. 3. Palace Huis ten Bosch

    This will be the future house of the king and his family.
  4. 4. Louwman Museum

    Optional: stop here to admire one of the world's best collections of cars.
  5. 5. Clingendael

    Lovely estate with a rich history, famous for its Japanese garden.
  6. 6. Waalsdorpervlakte

    These well-known monuments remind us all of the troubled history of the place.
  7. 7. De Tapuit, visitor centre Dunea

    Here you can learn more about the unique Meijendel dune region.
  8. 8. Meijendel

    You are now in the centre of the largest dune region in South Holland.
  9. 9. Zwarte Pad

    In the summertime, you will find a range of trendy beach clubs and in winter you will have an uninterrupted view of the coast.
  10. 10. The Pier

    The Netherlands most well-known coastal attraction offers a fantastic view.
  11. 11. Kust op de Pier

    Finish your walk by having a drink at the end of De Pier.
  12. 12. Malieveld

    At the historic Malieveld you will be back at the start of this route.

Through forest and dunes to the sea

This challenging, varied forest and dune walk leads you from the edge of the historic inner city via a lovely route to the sea. Through the ages-old Haagse Bos Forest with its royal palace, via Clingendael House into the Meijendel dunes. Within this nature reserve, the route winds its way through many kilometres of footpaths to the coast, before finally bringing you out onto the beach towards Scheveningen.

  1. We advise you to switch on the GPS on your phone, so that your location shows up in the full-screen map.
    • If you are arriving by car, park under Malieveld. When leaving the carpark, to the right of Malieveld, you'll see the pavilion next to the skate park.
    • If you are travelling by train, tram or bus, then get off at The Hague NS Central Station. Exit the station at the front and cross the large square (where there is currently building work underway) and cross the road towards the trees. Follow the footpath on the right-hand side.
  2. 1. Paviljoen Malieveld

    Handy start and meeting point at the edge of The Hague city centre.
    • From the pancake restaurant, walk towards the tall buildings until you reach the lake, 80 m right of the pavilion.
    • In front of the water, at the tile 'Monumentale Bomen', turn left onto the shell path. 
    • Follow this winding footpath for 350 m, past an animal pasture on the right.
    • At the end, at the wide road, you will come to a dead end where you must turn right.
    • Continue for 150 m along the wide road that disappears into a tunnel.
    • On front of the tall building with the protruding semi-circle entranceway, turn left and cross the road twice using the pedestrian crossing.
    • Walk past the welcome sign into the Haagse Bos forest via the footpath that is still shared with the cycle path, towards Meijendel.
  3. 2. The Hague Forest

    Did you know that this is the oldest forest in the Netherlands?
    • Once in the forest, follow the white and red striped signs for the North Sea Trail (the long distance walking path that leads to the Meijendel dunes).
    • Continue for 160 m, where you will cross a bridge and come to the ‘North Sea Trail' sign.
    • Follow the three-forked road via the footpath, where cyclists are directed to the left.
    • At the next three-forked road, keep right where you will first pass a playground and then a picnic table and benches to your left.
    • Ignore any side paths and continue on the path for around 300 m.
    • After a three-forked road where you will keep right, cross the busy road (pay attention as there is no pedestrian crossing).
    • After this, walk back into the Haagse Bos forest, following the footpath with the water on your left.
    • After 350 m, by an information board, benches and a picnic table with a view of the lake, turn left across a high bridge.
    • Straight after the bridge turn right and continue to walk along the lake (in winter you will be able to see Palace Huis ten Bosch in the distance).
    • After the left-hand turn, cross the first bridge on the right (with white and red signs).
    • A little further up by the three-forked road, turn left past the trees stump with a man's face.
    • At the four-way intersection with the carved squirrel, continue straight ahead and follow the footpath.
    • By the canal at Palace Huis ten Bosch, follow the cycle path towards junction 33 until you find yourself at the driveway of the palace.
  4. 3. Palace Huis ten Bosch

    This will be the future house of the king and his family.
    • Cross the driveway of Huis ten Bosch and follow the winding cycle path to the paved brick road.
    • Continue to follow this brick road, passing the Chateau Bleu apartment complex on your right, towards a busy road.
    • After the restaurant, Chalet ten Bosch, cross the busy road at the stop lights and head towards the Bloemendaal garden centre - or turn right to visit the Louwman Museum.
  5. 4. Louwman Museum

    Optional: stop here to admire one of the world's best collections of cars.
    • Immediately after the busy road, continue straight across the bridge. 
    • Continue straight via the narrow, hidden footpath between the small ditch and the entrance of the new American embassy building on the left-hand side of the street.
    • Finding yourself in front of a house, you will come out across a little bridge, back on to the street: continue on in the same direction, past a couple of houses with elegant awnings.
    • After the two grey-white houses, take a left on to the hidden footpath that runs parallel to the street, along a football pitch.At the end of the footpath, turn left at the T junction on to Van Brienenlaan.
    • Walk past the car park and the entrance to the SVC '08 football association, cross a cycle path further up and continue across a bridge.
    • Then take the little white bridge right, after which you will enter the Clingendael Estate.
    • Take an immediate left and cross another white bridge (with white and red signs).
    • Turn right after this and cross the next bridge (also with white and red signs) towards a large field.
    • Follow the path left and continue walking towards a small tea house, Theeschenkerij IJgenweis, which faces a Dunea drinking water pump.
  6. 5. Clingendael

    Lovely estate with a rich history, famous for its Japanese garden.
  7. Theeschenkerij IJgenweis next to the Japanese garden has a picturesque garden that makes the perfect place to stop for a break.

    • Immediately after the tea shop, when you can see a manor house in the distance (these days: The Clingendael Institute) and to the left the Japanese Garden, turn right in front of the lake, following the white and red striped signs.
    • After a turn to the right, the gently inclined path brings you out on to a five-way intersection where you follow the white and red signs past the first white bench and the second path turns slightly to the right towards a bridge.
    • After the sloping, white bridge, make an immediate left along the wide ditch to your left.
    • Continue to follow the white and red signs for about 300 m, ignoring any side paths.
    • Just before you reach the buildings, turn right on to the first path.
    • Walk straight along the forest path where, to the left and right of you, you will find bunkers from the Second World War that were formerly part of the Atlantic Wall.
    • Take the first left fork after the bench.
    • At the next fork, 20 m further up, leave the main path (that heads left) and take the first path that heads down towards a ditch: be aware of the striped signs.
    • Go down to the cycle path on the left and then take a right at the T junction, following the cycle signs towards Meijendel.
    • At around 100 m, at the following T-fork, turn left, following the white and red signs.
    • Continue walking along the cycle path for around 300 m, between a golf course and a hockey field.
    • Cross Theo Mann-Bouwmeesterpad and continue straight along the cycle path towards Meijendel, which turns left, then head up towards the viaduct that offers a lovely view of the NAVO complex and TNO Centre.
    • In the downwards turn, take the first footpath on the right via a gate that offers access to the Meijendel dune area, where there are also white and red signs for the Netherlands Costal Path.
    • Follow this winding shell path for 300 m until you reach the cycle path.
    • Turn right here at the memorial stone via the cycle-annex footpath and follow this past a Dunea drinking water pump (not in use in winter) and, a little further up, a picnic table.
    • After 600 m, where the cycle path turns left, continue straight along the footpath towards the monument.
    • The path first passes the monument at Waalsdorpervlakte (with the four crosses at the end of the field) and then the well-known Bourbon clock.
  8. 6. Waalsdorpervlakte

    These well-known monuments remind us all of the troubled history of the place.
    • At the Bourbonklok turn left on to the cycle path and walk around the clock. 
    • Follow this path down to the crossing and take a left.
    • Immediately after this, the foot and cycle paths split. Follow the left footpath that winds 300 m through the forest.
    • Where the forest path meets the cycle path, turn right and a little further up, turn left again, following the white and red signs on the footpath.
    • After 80 m, at a three-forked road with a bench, follow the path left through the open dunes, where this sometimes winds to the left and offers a view of Scheveningen in the distance, as well as of the spherical radar system, Waalsdorpervlakte.
    • After 700 m, at a five-forked intersection, cross the cycle path and follow the footpath.
    • After 70 m, at the T-junction, turn left.
    • Continue for 70 m until you find yourself back on the cycle path. Follow this round to the right to once again meet the sandy footpath that heads right into the forest.
    • Follow this rising and falling winding path past the white and red marked poles and keep left at the three-forked road on the hill top.
    • After 420 m, at the three-forked road, take the path to the right and follow the white and red poles.
    • After around 150 m, after the path has taken you to the right, turn left.
    • Where there is an intersection with another footpath, continue straight on.
    • After a slight incline, follow the path along the rear of Meyendel pancake restaurant.
    • At the lock, turn right across the bridleway and walk past De Tapuit visitor centre (on your left) towards the pancake restaurant.
  9. 7. De Tapuit, visitor centre Dunea

    Here you can learn more about the unique Meijendel dune region.
  10. Meyendel Farm, located next to De Tapuit, is a lovely spot to take a break.

    • Walk past De Tapuit to the stables with large letters that say 'Meijendel' on the door.
    • Take a left around the corner to the visitor centre and walk towards a large information board with a canopy.
    Walk straight past the information board and cross the cycle path to the green bin ahead of you, where you can pick up the footpath once again.
    • From here, do not follow the white and red signs, but walk left along the winding cycle path towards Scheveningen and the beach - and try to listen to the sea murmuring in the distance.
    • After 650 m, at the T-junction, turn left on the cycle path towards Scheveningen: you are now walking directly through the Meijendel dune region between The Hague and Wassenaar.
  11. 8. Meijendel

    You are now in the centre of the largest dune region in South Holland.
    • Follow the inclined path 800 m to the top of the dune.
    • Take a left at the top, using the stairs, to the view point that offers a wonderful vista of The Hague, Scheveningen, the sea and the dunes.
    • After the dune top, follow the sloping path for another 500 m.
    • Straight after the first cattle grid, take a right onto an old brick paved path for pedestrians that will take lead you upwards.
    • Follow this inclined and sloping winding path that runs right behind the first row of dunes on the coast.
    • After 900 m, you will come out by a cattle grid on to beach steps where you turn right, Noorderstrand 35.
    • Pause at the top of the steps to enjoy the view: to your left, Scheveningen, and in the distance, the port of Rotterdam. Katwijk and Noordwijk to your right, and the commanding bunkers of the Atlantic Wall, a 5000 kilometre long defence line from the Second World War built by the occupying force between Norway and France.
    • Descend the steps to the beach and take a left to the Scheveningen Pier with its Ferris wheel.
    • Walk along the beach, where between March and October you will find the Zwarte Pad beach bars and cafes.
  12. 9. Zwarte Pad

    In the summertime, you will find a range of trendy beach clubs and in winter you will have an uninterrupted view of the coast.
    • Continue walking along the beach towards De Pier.
    • This walk ends at De Pier, which you can access both via the boulevard as well as via a set of steps from the beach.
    • If you want to you can extend this walk from The Pier with our route along the beaches of The Hague: the walk will then take you from Scheveningen to Kijkduin (approximately 8 kilometres). Point 2 of this route is The Pier..
  13. 10. The Pier

    The Netherlands most well-known coastal attraction offers a fantastic view.
  14. 11. Kust op de Pier

    Finish your walk by having a drink at the end of De Pier.
    • If you want to travel back from De Pier to the starting point in the city centre using public transport, then walk from De Pier along the boulevard towards the classic Kurhaus hotel with its stunning cupola.
    • In front of the Kurhaus, turn left past the entrance of the Palace Promenade.
    • At the end, by the ice cream parlour on the corner, follow the road around to the left.
    • In front of you, you will see a tram stop where a tram leaves for the city centre of The Hague every 10 minutes.
    • Take tram 9 towards Vrederust and get out 12 minutes later at the Malieveld stop or continue one stop further on to The Hague Central Station.
  15. 12. Malieveld

    At the historic Malieveld you will be back at the start of this route.