The Hague’s Zuiderstrand is also commonly known as het stille strand (the quiet beach) and for good reason, because the other side of the harbour is the hugely popular summer destination Scheveningen. In between busy Scheveningen and Kijkduin, you can enjoy Zuiderstrand, especially out of season, when a good walk on the beach gives you a great view. And there’s more, because directly behind it lies a beautiful, protected nature reserve. You can walk in the dunes and if you’re lucky spot the Scottish Highlander cows grazing or, if you’ve the time and energy, cycle all the way to Hoek van Holland.
My favourite spot though is the pier with its little green lighthouse. This is the place to go if you’re looking for a good perspective of the beach and the city of The Hague from a different angle. It might not look all that but this place is a gem for the simple reason that it’s for everyone; dog walkers, joggers, cyclists, fishermen, families coming to watch the ships come in, young couples on a romantic walk or locals with a beer or two. Have a seat at the lighthouse and take it all in. Doesn’t matter what the weather is like, because a good dose of sea, horizon and spaciousness is always a good idea.