My birthplace Scheveningen
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I will use this blog to put information and photo's of my wonderful birthplace Scheveningen which is the largest seaside resort of the Netherlands and a fishing village.
First some history and information about the place:
The earliest reference to the name 'Sceveninghe' goes back to around 1280. The first inhabitants may have been Anglo Saxon. Other historians favor a Scandinavian origin. Fishing was the main source of food and income.
The Battle of Scheveningen was fought between English and Dutch fleets off the coast of the village on 10 August 1654. Thousands of people gathered on the shore to watch.
A road to neighbouring Den Haag (The Hague) was constructed in 1663 (current name: Scheveningseweg).
In 1470, a heavy storm destroyed the church and half the houses. The village was again hit by storms in 1570, 1775, 1825, 1860, 1881 and 1894. After this last storm, the villagers decided to build a harbor. Until then, the fishing boats had had a flat bottom (bomschuiten), and were pulled up the beach. Around 1870 over 150 of these boats were in use. Once the harbor had been constructed in 1904, more modern ships replaced the bomschuiten.
In 1818, Jacob Pronk constructed a wooden building on a dune near the sea, from where people could bathe from four separate rooms. It marked the start of Scheveningen as a bathing resort. Since then, Scheveningen has attracted numerous tourists from all over Europe, notably from Germany.
The hotel and restaurant Kurhaus was opened in 1886.
The picturesque village attracted many Dutch artists over the centuries, to paint the bomschuiten drawn up on the beach, or fishermen at work in the North Sea. Notable painters who recorded the village include Adriaen van de Velde, Simon de Vlieger and Hendrik Willem Mesdag, whose enormous panorama, 14 m high and 120 m wide, preserves the view of Scheveningen in 1881.
Up until somewhere in the second half of the 20th century, Scheveningen was a separate municipality, which even had a soccerclub of its own, playing in the highest Dutch division ("Scheveningen Holland Sport" was its name). In the course of that second half of the former century this club ceased to exist, whereas the place itself became part of its neighbouring municipality to the east.
Scheveningen has his own lighthouse.
There is a lot to see and experience around the harbour. At the harbour museum, you can learn all there is to know about life above and below the ocean's surface. You can also take a boat trip to experience the coast from another perspective aboard one of the boats!
Seven days a week, 365 days a year, you can shop in the beautiful Palace Promenade. A covered seaside shopping centre! The shops are daily open from 10am to 10pm during the summer. In the Palace Promenade you will find a wide selection of fashion, bathing suits, home furnishings, design, delicatessen, books, gifts and much more. For grocery shopping, there is the Deli Palace. There is also an outdoor market on Stevinstraat every Thursday from 9am to 4:30pm.
Festivities in the Palace Promenade
There is always something going on in the Palace Promenade, both in winter and summer. You will come across exotic performers at the central square on Sundays. These include country line dancers and show masters, various streetperformers and amazing look-a-likes. Naturally, Saint Nicholas and Santa Claus visit the Palace Promenade during December. There is fun to be had for young and old!
With the Scheveningen Jump Team, Scheveningen has grown into the number one windsurfing centre in Holland. It is the perfect spot for this popular sport. Various competitions are held during the surfing season. Truly, a spectacular sight to see! Besides windsurfing, kite surfing is also a very popular sport. The Noorderstrand is the place to be for kite surfers.
If you want to rent a sailing boat you can go to ‘Kustzeilvereniging Noorderstrand’ (sail organisation). For a package sailing trip from the harbour in Scheveningen you can go to Sail promotion Scheveningen. The harbour has a well-equipped marina with a large number of mooring places. High-speed competitive yachts and proud classic sailing boats are a common sight.
The sport fishing companies Groen, Fortuna and Vrolijk invite amateur fishermen to try their luck at sea. Experienced fishermen on board these former commercial boats can assist beginners who want to cast a line. With a bit of luck, you will return with a cod, whiting, dab or mackerel.
Annual events include:
- Winter swim on New Year's Day, locally known as Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year's dive)
- Flags Day in spring when the first new herring of the year is auctioned
- Fireworks in summer: once a week and several days during a festival week
Scheveningen has much more to offer than the beach alone.
- The Sea Museum
- The pier; it has two floors, the upper one open air, the lower one closed in.
- The miniature city Madurodam. Behind two typically Dutch dykes lies the world-famous miniature city Madurodam, a perfect place to get to know all the fascinating aspects of the Netherlands. The two restaurants, the playground, shop and lighthouse picnic area complete the park.
- The Sculpture museum Museum beelden aan zee. A quiet place with sculptures of man, large and small, made of bronze and stone, tender, harsh, sad and cheerful. Sculptures of contemporary man in which we recognize our own experiences and moods.
- The Panorama Mesdag. Panorama Mesdag is a cylindrical painting more than 14 meters high and 120 meter in circumference with a surface of 1680 square metres.
Sea life Scheveningen:Discover the world beneath the waves of the North Sea which is brimming with amazing creatures including sharks, rays and jellyfish.
Night life centers on Pathé Scheveningen movie theater, and the sea-front boulevard with its bars, restaurants, gambling halls and other entertainment.
Holland Casino Scheveningen is one of twelve Holland Casino locations, the only legal casinos in the Netherlands. Below the Kurhaus terrace is a unique piano bar where the amazing pianists from Crazy Pianos provide live entertainment.
And if you want to relax you can always go to Kuur Thermen Vitalizee at the boulevard.
Unique IMAX Dome Theatre in The Netherlands;
The IMAX films are projected onto the impressive 840m² giant dome. The visitor is submerged in a world of perception; the images are all around and due to the digital surround sound with thirty-six speakers and four subwoofers it is a true experience. Seated in a comfortable chair the visitor participates in exciting adventures in space and time.
There is so much to tell about my beloved birthplace Scheveningen but I think it's enough for now! I will put photo's here of the village as much as I can and than I can only say: See it for yourself, and I'm pretty sure that you love this place just as much as I do!!