Visit Kijkduin Beach

Get Back to Nature and Away from the Crowds at Dune Beach!

Kijkduin Beach, with its rich history, lively community, and natural beauty Kijkduin promises an unforgettable experience. Indeed, the Zuiderstrand (South Beach) is considered the country’s loveliest seashore. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a peace-seeker, Kijkduin has something for everyone; it’s not just a destination, it’s an experience!

HISTORY

Our journey begins in the 1400s when Kijkduin was but a humble fishing village. The Anglo-Saxon inhabitants lived in harmony with the sea, their lives dictated by the ebb and flow of the tides. A devastating flood in 1470 forced the village behind the dune barrier and soon the area grew and prospered. Its strategic location along the North Sea makes it a vital hub for trade and commerce.

The turning point came with the proposed construction of Fort Kijkduin in 1811. Built under the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte, the fort was part of a vast network of coastal defenses designed to protect the Netherlands from potential invasions. Curiously however, there is no fort in the town today, but it wasn’t destroyed. It’s 140 km north in Den Helder and earned its name because although Kijkduin was the original site, it changed location just before construction began – go figure.

By the early 1900s, Kijkduin transformed into a popular seaside resort, and a favorite among German and Dutch tourists. The roaring 20s created a fun-filled vacation spot here for 20 years, but wartime restrictions destroyed all that with the German military occupation in 1941. The reality of World War II required the construction of the Atlantic Wall by the Third Reich to defend against a ‘D-Day’ style attack from England by the Allies. The Atlantik Wall Museum tells the full story with tours, as many of the bunkers remain as poignant reminders of the region’s turbulent past

TODAY

Kijkduin Beach is not just about the past; it’s a active beach community that hosts tons of events throughout the year. It is a vibrant beach town once again and since the war, it’s become a playground for the adventurous at heart! Here, the golden sands and cool blue waters beckon you to indulge in a variety of sports, past times and activities.

For water enthusiasts, Kijkduin’s waves are perfect for surfing and kite surfing. The wind conditions make it an ideal spot for windsurfing and sailing. If you prefer to dive beneath the waves, snorkeling and scuba diving offer a glimpse into the vibrant underwater world.

In the sky, the Dutch Kite Festival fills the horizon with a rainbow of colors. The constant winds in the area make a perfect spot for flights of fancy, and the soft sands make for a gentle touchdown for unlucky kites and their exhuasted owners!

On land, the expansive beach is perfect for a game of beach volleyball or frisbee. The surrounding sands provide a challenging terrain for mountain biking and hiking. Jogging on the dune trails is popular and several running clubs organize rallies and charity runs here. The paved promenade is welcomes skateboards and inline skating, but watch out for the crunchy sand! Hardcore skaters should go to the skatepark at Hart Beach. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, strolling dowb the waterline or horseback riding along the beach is always possible and a truly unique experience.

The dunes are also perfect for building sandcastles, though nowadays the intricate sculptures at the annual Kijkduin Sand Sculpture Festival are really works of art. Artists from around the globe gather here, their hands skillfully creating unique sculptures that leave spectators in awe. From mythical creatures to towering castles, these ephemeral masterpieces are a testament to human creativity and the transient beauty of natural art.

If you’re into ‘au natural’ you be delighted that near the Argusmast observation tower there’s a nudist area on the beach – although you might not see exactly what you hoped with the aging tourists there!

Bird lovers and wildlife enthusiaists will appreciate a ‘volcano’ hidden amongst the snad dunes. No, this is not a real volcano but De Valkaan, a special protected area with a raised mound and birding hide which provides a wonderful view of native seabirds in their natural habitat.

NIGHTLIFE

When the sun goes down, the parties heat up, most of them found at the biggest beach clubs on the strand, with live music in the summer and fruity beach cocktails all waiting to entertain you.

Let’s start with Strandtent Beachhouse Kijkduin, a haven for those seeking a blend of relaxation and recreation. Here, you can lounge on comfortable beach chairs, sipping on a cocktail as the sun dips below the horizon. The club’s pricy menu is a gastronomic delight, offering everything from fresh seafood to classic Dutch dishes.

Next, we have Hudson Beach, a club that exudes a vibrant and youthful energy. With its lively music and beach games, Hudson Beach is the place to be if you’re looking to let your hair down and you’re under 30. And when hunger strikes, their eclectic menu promises to satiate your taste buds.

Last but not least, there’s Habana Beach, a club that embodies the laid-back charm of Kijkduin. Here, older guests can enjoy a leisurely meal, partake in a yoga session by the shore, or simply watch the world go by. Habana Beach is more than just a club; it’s a sanctuary where you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

As the day ends, it’s obvious the true charm of Kijkduin Beach lies in its quieter moments. An evening walk down the promenade is perfectly romantic, and the stars shine brighter without all the light pollution from the Scheveningen Beach area. In fact, there’s a special place for stargazing, the James Turrell Celestial Vault, a landscaped bowl in the dunes which reveal a full panoramic night sky.

Etching -1590 Kijkduin Church
Fort Kijkduin
Kijkduin Strand Poste Kaart 1900
Kijkduin Promenade 2021
1970s Post Card
Skatepark
Sand Sculpture 2018
Twilight on the Strand
Sunset for Two
James Turrell Celestial Vault
Sketch - Kijkduin Village 1500s
Roaring 20s Post Card
Atlantic Wall Museum
Aerial Beachveiw
Kite Festival
Argusmast Tower
Dutch Beachclub
Zandmotorpad
Etching -1590 Kijkduin Church
Fort Kijkduin
Kijkduin Strand Poste Kaart 1900
Kijkduin Promenade 2021
1970s Post Card
Skatepark
Sand Sculpture 2018
Twilight on the Strand
Sunset for Two
James Turrell Celestial Vault

The Most Beautiful Beach in Holland

Kijkduin Beach, with its rich history, lively community, and natural beauty Kijkduin promises an unforgettable experience. Indeed, the Zuiderstrand (South Beach) is considered the country’s loveliest seashore. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a peace-seeker, Kijkduin has something for everyone; it’s not just a destination, it’s an experience!

HISTORY

Our journey begins in the 1400s when Kijkduin was but a humble fishing village. The Anglo-Saxon inhabitants lived in harmony with the sea, their lives dictated by the ebb and flow of the tides. A devastating flood in 1470 forced the village behind the dune barrier and soon the area grew and prospered. Its strategic location along the North Sea makes it a vital hub for trade and commerce.

The turning point came with the proposed construction of Fort Kijkduin in 1811. Built under the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte, the fort was part of a vast network of coastal defenses designed to protect the Netherlands from potential invasions. Curiously however, there is no fort in the town today, but it wasn’t destroyed. It’s 140 km north in Den Helder and earned its name because although Kijkduin was the original site, it changed location just before construction began – go figure.

By the early 1900s, Kijkduin transformed into a popular seaside resort, and a favorite among German and Dutch tourists. The roaring 20s created a fun-filled vacation spot here for 20 years, but wartime restrictions destroyed all that with the German military occupation in 1941. The reality of World War II required the construction of the Atlantic Wall by the Third Reich to defend against a ‘D-Day’ style attack from England by the Allies. The Atlantik Wall Museum tells the full story with tours, as many of the bunkers remain as poignant reminders of the region’s turbulent past

TODAY

Kijkduin Beach is not just about the past; it’s a active beach community that hosts tons of events throughout the year. It is a vibrant beach town once again and since the war, it’s become a playground for the adventurous at heart! Here, the golden sands and cool blue waters beckon you to indulge in a variety of sports, past times and activities.

For water enthusiasts, Kijkduin’s waves are perfect for surfing and kite surfing. The wind conditions make it an ideal spot for windsurfing and sailing. If you prefer to dive beneath the waves, snorkeling and scuba diving offer a glimpse into the vibrant underwater world.

In the sky, the Dutch Kite Festival fills the horizon with a rainbow of colors. The constant winds in the area make a perfect spot for flights of fancy, and the soft sands make for a gentle touchdown for unlucky kites and their exhuasted owners!

On land, the expansive beach is perfect for a game of beach volleyball or frisbee. The surrounding sands provide a challenging terrain for mountain biking and hiking. Jogging on the dune trails is popular and several running clubs organize rallies and charity runs here. The paved promenade is welcomes skateboards and inline skating, but watch out for the crunchy sand! Hardcore skaters should go to the skatepark at Hart Beach. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace, strolling down the waterline or horseback riding along the beach is often possible and a truly unique experience.

The dunes are also perfect for building sandcastles, though nowadays the intricate sculptures at the annual Kijkduin Sand Sculpture Festival are really works of art. Artists from around the globe gather here, their hands skillfully creating unique sculptures that leave spectators in awe. From mythical creatures to towering castles, these ephemeral masterpieces are a testament to human creativity and the transient beauty of natural art.

If you’re into ‘au natural’ you be delighted that near the Argusmast observation tower there’s a nudist area on the beach – although you might not see exactly what you hoped with the aging tourists there!

Bird lovers and wildlife enthusiaists will appreciate a ‘volcano’ hidden amongst the snad dunes. No, this is not a real volcano but De Valkaan, a special protected area with a raised mound and birding hide which provides a wonderful view of native seabirds in their natural habitat.

NIGHTLIFE

When the sun goes down, the parties heat up, most of them found at the biggest beach clubs on the strand, with live music in the summer and fruity beach cocktails waiting for you to enjoy.

Let’s start with Strandtent Beachhouse Kijkduin, a haven for those seeking a blend of relaxation and recreation. Here, you can lounge on comfortable beach chairs, sipping on a cocktail as the sun dips below the horizon. The club’s pricy menu is a gastronomic delight, offering everything from fresh seafood to classic Dutch dishes.

Next, we have Hudson Beach, a club that exudes a vibrant and youthful energy. With its lively music and beach games, Hudson Beach is the place to be if you’re looking to let your hair down and you’re under 30. And when hunger strikes, their eclectic menu promises to satiate your taste buds as well.

Last but not least, there’s Habana Beach, a club that embodies the laid-back charm of Kijkduin. Here, older guests can enjoy a leisurely meal, partake in a yoga session by the shore, or simply watch the world go by. Habana Beach is not so much a club but a sanctuary where you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

As the day ends, it’s obvious the true charm of Kijkduin Beach lies in its quieter moments. An evening walk down the promenade is perfectly romantic, and the stars shine brighter without all the light pollution from the Scheveningen Beach area. In fact, there’s a special place for stargazing, the James Turrell Celestial Vault, a landscaped bowl in the dunes which reveal a full panoramic night sky. Make an adventure of finding it in the dark!

Sketch - Kijkduin Village 1500s
Roaring 20s Post Card
Atlantic Wall Museum
Aerial Beachveiw
Kite Festival
Argusmast Tower
Dutch Beachclub
Zandmotorpad

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