Hemels Gewelf  The Hague

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Hemels Gewelf – An unusual walk trough the dunes

Staring at the sky on a sunny day or maybe at a starry night while lying on the stone bench within James Turrels Hemels Gewelf in The Hague city district Kijkduin is a dizzying experience. For me, it really adds an unusual spice to a common walk through the dunes.



James Turells Hemels Gewelf, a 30 by 40-meter piece of landscape art, has been created on top of a rumble dune. To reach this grassy artificial crater, you first climb the dune on a wooden stair and then walk trough an impressive concrete passageway. After admiring the skyscape, you can have a great view on the surroundings of the Hemels Gewelf while walking the earth walls that enclose the pit. Bonus: the Hemels Gewelf is only 950 meters away from Kijkduin beach. A lively part of the coastline with a lot of nice beach pavilions.

P.S. Last time I went to Kijkduin, there were major building activities. Fortunately, I didn’t notice any of these activities on Kijkduin beach itself.

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Machiel Vrijenhoeklaan 175, The Hague

Opening Times

24 hours daily


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)