History Scheveningen

 

What once was a small fishing village grew into one of the most popular beach destinations of The Netherlands. In the 16th century the beach was only accessible to the inhabitants of The Hague. After the accessibility improved such as the Kurhaus Hotel and the Pier Scheveningen were established. In the 19th century tourism became the number one source of income rather then fishing.    

 

From fishing village to popular beach destination

In the 16th century Scheveningen was a small fishing village with less then 900 inhabitants. The main source of income was fishing. Due to the Scheveningen road, which was build in 1665, the beach became accessible to the inhabitants of The Hague. Scheveningen slowly became more busy with sun and beach tourists. Jacob Pronk, born and raised in Scheveningen, build the very first beach house for these new tourists. This was the beginning of the famous Kurhaus Hotel

 

The Pier and The Kurhaus Hotel

A destructive fire destroyed the Kurhaus Hotel in 1886. They decided to rebuild the hotel and include an impressive Pier along with it. The history repeated itself. The Pier got destroyed, same as the Kurhaus Hotel, by a big fire. Years later a new design was made for the Pier and it was rebuild, just as the Kurhaus Hotel. Scheveningen just wasn’t the same without its Pier and Kurhaus.  

 

The end of a real fishing village..

In the 19th century the main fishery was focussed on the catch of the haring. These were the golden times for the Scheveningen fishery. By the end of the 19th century the fishery almost came to an end since not many young Scheveningers followed in their fathers footsteps in becoming a fisherman.  

 

The new tourism

The real tourism picked up when the two big roads, the badhuisweg and the Nieuwe Parklaan, were build.Hotel after hotel popped up. The once so quiet fishing village became a popular holiday destination. 

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