The Scheveningen Woods, known as Scheveningse Bosjes in Dutch, was created between 1100 and 1400. The area is home to several monuments and is located between Scheveningen and The Hague. This wooded park area was built into the dunes found near Scheveningen, which date back to the Middle Ages.
Scheveningen Woods History
The area where the forest sits was once treeless and considered wild heathland. When plans for the construction of the Sheveningen road were announced, the forest was planted to prevent drifting sand from disrupting travelers on their route.
In the late 1800s, a New Scheveningen Woods was built and served as a job creation project for the unemployed. This new forest is located between Belgian Park and White Bridge. The creation of the woods was disrupted by World War II, but large areas were planted once the war was over. In the early 1900s, the woods began to resemble a park simply because the trees were still young. During the 20th century, the area was deemed a conservation area. Atop the hills is a beautiful gazebo that offers spectacular views of the area.
The Park’s Sculptures
Within the Scheveningen Woods, there are quite a few monuments, including:
- Monument to Engelandvaarders
- Indian Monument
- Fisher Memorial
- Jewish Cemetery
- Cremer Bank
- Far Huellbank
- Constantijn Huygens
The layout of the woods and its wide paths make it ideal not only for walking, but horse riding and biking as well.
Horses are used to maintain and thin the forest as they are far less damaging than heavy tractors. Throughout your journey through the woods, you may encounter these horses happily doing their job. In the very least, you are sure to meet up with a squirrel or two along the way.
A sandy playground can be found in the woods and is located on a soft sand dune. Next to the playground is a skate park. The New Scheveningen Woods is also home to another playground and the famous Madurodam is just northeast of the forest.
If it’s nature you wish to see, the Scheveningen Woods doesn’t disappoint. The area is home to many rare bird species, including the Crested Tit, Tawny, Sparrowhawk, Nightingale and more. Foxes and squirrels frolicking through the trees amidst a number of plant species. The nearby pond is home to Pochards, Tufted Ducks and Shovelers in the winter. When visiting the forest, keep your eyes peeled for a Kingfisher, which makes an appearance from time to time.