Wassenaar beach is just north of The Hague and southwest of Leiden. Its coastline stretches more than 8km and encompasses more than 60 square kilometers. Wassenaar is a quiet area with little industry and is known as one of the most beautiful villages along the Dutch North Sea. It’s also known as one of the most affluent areas in the country.
There are four pavilions along the 8km beach with spacious terraces. Lifeguards and a First Aid post are also located on the beach. Visitors can also rent beach chairs, windscreens and beach cabins to make their visit more comfortable.
The sand dunes at Wassenaar are perfect for biking or walking. Other activities on the beach include:
- Horseback riding
Dogs are also permitted on the beach, but only during certain times. Between May 15th and September 15th, dogs are not permitted between 7AM and 7PM. Dogs are allowed outside of these hours, but they must be kept on leashes at all times (even during the evening). Naturally, you are also responsible for cleaning up after your dog.
Duinrell is a fun amusement park in the heart of Wassenaar. The park features fun water rides, roller coasters and beautiful tree-lined walking paths. The park also features a heated indoor swimming pool known as the Tikibad. If you plan on visiting during the winter, the indoor pool is a must-see.
Local Restaurants and Attractions
After spending a long day at the beach, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Wassenaar offers plenty in the way of restaurants and cafés. Luciano’s award-winning gelato should be at the top of your list, along with Bagel Alley’s famous bagels. The village is a hub for international cuisine with Italian Argentinian, Indonesian and classic Dutch restaurants scattered around town.
During your visit to Wassenaar beach, don’t forget to see the Dutch windmill at the end of Langstraat. Built in 1667, this historic windmill is hard to miss and certainly a sight to see. At the entrance to the beach is a memorial for the soldiers who died in World War II. The memorial was erected in memory of the dunes and the bunkers located underneath the dunes. The village is also home to many excellent shops and charming traditional Dutch architecture.
One of the best ways to explore Wassenaar and its beaches is by bike. In the spring, daffodils and tulips bloom and create a beautiful backdrop for your ride.