Running in The Hague was one of these athletic activities which was not blessed by the weather. Did it hinder me enjoying the city? Not at all, as I had a very special plan for running in The Hague. Even though the beach is located a mere five kilometers away from the city center, I wanted to see the sea– and I didn’t fail.
Running in The Hague started a little different than expected. The hotel staff told me that weather will be good in the morning.
Well, it actually was the complete opposite. Nevertheless, I decided that running to the sea would be my goal for the day!
Yet, the weather was not the only downside of my running experience as it appeared just moments later.
I actually wanted to see a little more of The Hague and so took a little detour on the first kilometer of my run.
Even though it was very interesting to see the residential areas, I was once again not lucky.
As there was a competitive run taking place this day (what a funny coincidence), my detour got way longer.
Yet, I stumbled upon some nice little parks as well as more residential buildings which was unexpected, but interesting nevertheless.
When I got close to my initial route again, I ran along one of the biggest streets in the area which is right next to the industrial area where you can find buildings like the World Forum.
Even though this area is not really impressive for running, it’s nice to catch a glance nevertheless.
That said, I definitely enjoyed running more when reaching Scheveningen, the suburb of The Hague which is located right next to the sea.
The pedestrian zone at Scheveningen was a very nice foretaste already!
Even though it was still raining, I was very happy to finally reach the beach.
From the elevated promenade, I already enjoyed stunning views of the North Sea, but I couldn’t resist getting closer.
Though I ran and ran and ran and finally reached the water. Honestly, I didn’t expect the beach to be that long, but it’s actually one of the biggest sand beaches I’ve seen in Europe!
That combined with views of the promenade with several large buildings made running beachside quite nice.
While my run to the beach took me through residential and industrial areas, the way back had a focus on nature.
There’s a combination of parks which leads you from Scheveningen directly to The Hague.
The route I discovered includes smaller parks, one of with a cute petting zoo, larger parks with extensive lakes and in the very end even a forest-like park which also was the most extensive one.
While it may sound like a quick description, the area is actually very diverse and totally amazing for running – definitely the better way to get to the beach.
There’s rarely anything that could be more fitting for an enjoyable running experience than finding the Peace Palace which is the seat of the International Court of Justice.
Not only what happens inside, but also the building itself is very impressive. Spotting the Peace Palace definitely was a beautiful ending of my run which I concluded just a few hundred meters further at Hilton The Hague.
If there’s one thing I recommend for doing in The Hague, it definitely is running to the beach through the “park route”!