The original pier of Scheveningen, a wooden structure built on a steel foundation, was completely burned down during the Second World War. In 1959 the current pier was opened but fast forward 30 years to the nineties and another fire. A lot of us locals wondered if it wouldn’t just be better to tear it down. Good job they didn’t, because it is a unique structure and another great public space that is there for everyone to be enjoyed.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie then you already know about the Bungie Jump and Zipline attractions, and since a couple of years we also have a Big Wheel. If you’re not into throwing yourself off a building with an elastic tied to your feet or gliding above the North Sea attached to a wire, then just enjoy the walk along the longest terrace of Scheveningen, the top deck of the pier, and take in the view. This could include container ships queueing for entry to the port of Rotterdam, or on land the iconic Kurhaus hotel. On the impressive 11km stretch of beach you’ll find more than 70 strandtenten (temporary beach hut cafes and restaurants built up at the beginning of the season).
Inside the pier you can grab a bite at one of the streetfood bars, visit the Comedy Club, stay in a Hotel Suite or sit and relax, watching the surfers below and meditating on the power of the waves.