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The beach

Noorderstrand, The Hague.

At the beach

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Meijendel

Noorderstrand dunes

Between The Hague and Wassenaar lies Meijendel, it has a size of approximately 2,000 hectares and is South Holland’s largest contiguous dune area.

Once there stood a farm in a valley of Meijendel, which was named after the many hawthorns that grew in the area. The inner side of the dune area is partially wooded. Closer to the sea there are sandy plains and “bare” areas with beach grass. The area is rich in water. There are a lot infiltration ponds locally, but also natural dune pans. To protect the water collection, parts of Meijendel have long been closed to the public. This deep rest has benefited the birds.

There are many hiking and biking trails through Meijendel. Central to the area is a farm Meijendel and a pancake house. The dunes have still several bunkers from World War II, used by bats as hibernation site.

Waalsdorpervlakte


Just outside the busy city center of The Hague, there is an open place in the dune area Meijendel called the Waalsdorpervlakte.

During World War II, 250 members of the Dutch resistance were executed here by the Germans. It is also the site of Dutch Nazi collaborator Anton Mussert’s execution in 1946. It is regarded one of the main locations where on 4 May ‘Remembrance of the Dead’, a yearly commemoration of victims of World War II and other victims of war, is held.

The Bourdon Bell, was handed over at a speech by Prime Minister Gerbrandy as a gift from the citizens of The Hague on April 30, 1959. He was immediately put into use and is since then an important part of the Remembrance Day.