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The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague, The Netherlands

Scheveningen is the elegant and historic seaside resort of the Hague.

The newest addition to the famous pier on the beach is the Ferris wheel constructed over sea. Offering panoramic views of the sea, the beach and The Hague's skyline at a height of 40 meters this is an attraction not to miss! The pier secured another attraction offering stunning views of the North Sea: the first Dutch hotel suites over sea. At De Pier Suites you can spend the night at one of five luxury hotel suites all equipped with their own terrace, a whirlpool bath and kingsize bed.  

In October we set out to encapsulate the history of this city, soaking in the last rays of sunshine at a beach café along the seaside.

The city hosts the Dutch government and royal buildings, embassies and a wide selection of international organizations.

Planning our trip to The Hague, where we've lived 7 years ago was an easy task, as the hotel deal on Secret Escapes was booked within minutes. 

The Kurhaus Hotel's entrance, adorned with palm trees leads into the lobby and the light and spacious Kurzaal. The space, which was a former concert hall (Rolling Stones played a notorious concert in 1964), features large chandeliers and ceiling paintings by Brussels artist Van Hoeck, inspired by fishing and music.  

The hotel rooms are classic but elegant, featuring free wifi, minibar, Nespresso coffee and tea, bathrobes and slippers. The hotel's unique selling point are their views directly onto the beach and the sea. 

Here is what was on our to-do-list for this trip:

  • Kaldi Den Haag our favourite café located in the Haagse Bluf (city centre), a little bit hidden from the shops. In summer try their "Haagse Blub" - a frappé-style coffee, in winter sit inside for a cappuccino with Appelgebak, an apple-cake. 
  • Copacabana Beachclub or just any beach club located directly on the sand. From April until October the beach is lined with these places where you can easily spend a whole afternoon until sunset. 
  • Bagels & Beans there are several of this café chain in The Netherlands; our favorite is located in Statenkwartier, close to the shopping street called "De Fred" (Frederik Hendriklaan), good for breakfast or lunch. 
  • Philippe Galerne our favourite bakery/ patisserie, we used to buy Chocolate croissants here for Sunday breakfast, long queues on weekend mornings!
  • Thursday's Market on Stevinstraat is where locals would buy bread and fresh produce, we would buy our weekly Stroopwafel fresh from the waffle pan filled with caramel syrup.
  • Keizerstraat is  walking distance between city center and Scheveningen beach with supermarkets, drugstores and HEMA with everything from household items to food. 

It is possible that we will come back to The Hague soon.  

Between Elbe and Alster rivers

Between Elbe and Alster rivers

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