Seaside Celebrations - Den Haag ~ Scheveningen

Exactly 200 years ago, Jacobus Pronk built the first bathhouse in Scheveningen, a small wooden structure containing four seawater bathtubs. This gave rise to the first seaside resort in the Netherlands. Since 1818, the fishing village has evolved into a lively seaside resort that attracts a wide public. The year-round annual programme Seaside Celebration kicks off on 1 January 2018 with the Unox New Year Dive and ends on 31 December 2018 with Bonfires. Major attractions include the Volvo Ocean Race, the International Fireworks Festival and also the Sand Sculpting World Championships, held in The Hague.

Annual program

The agenda is bursting with activities, but connoisseurs know ... every day at the seaside has its charm


The sand and sea are palpable throughout the entire city, also in a large number of exhibitions at museums in The Hague that are located on the route Van Pier naar Plein. In the Hague Historical Museum, the exhibition ‘From Cures to Kite Surfing’ (‘Van kuren tot kitesurfen’) takes centre stage. The Gemeentemuseum will exhibit the works of the German painter Max Liebermann, who worked a lot in the resort, and later in the summer will open a collection exhibition entitled ‘Beside the Sea‘ (‘Aan Zee’). Beelden aan Zee is also participating and Muzee Scheveningen is unveiling the exhibition ‘Toiling for the tourist’ (‘In touw voor de toerist’). Panorama Mesdag is presenting a street art project.

City at Sea

The Hague is the only major city in the Netherlands that lies directly on the sea. Escape the bustling city life and discover the beaches Scheveningen and Kijkduin. With 11 kilometers of coastline you will enjoy yourself for hours!

The Hague Routes

Our online walking routes take you along the hidden hotspots and well-known highlights of The Hague, from beaches to shopping streets and from restaurants to palaces. Every route has its own theme and includes carefully chosen sights. Using your mobile phone, you'll be able to navigate the city easily like a real local. You don't even have to download an app: get The Hague routes free of charge from!