"Dune Roamin'" Wassenaar by JohnnySpangles

Wassenaar Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 17 photos

If you’re researching what Wassenaar has to offer then the chances are you are considering staying at the nearby Duinrell campsite and theme park and you’re vaguely hoping that there may be a nearby bit of beach that can tempt your children away from the unwholesome thrills and spills of endless theme park rides.

Wassenaarslag (the Dutch name for the local beach, not the local ***) is a about a 10 minute car ride away from Duinrell. You could take your pushbike I suppose, but such is the frivolous nature of the weather in Holland you’re likely to end up as the practical joke victim of one of its light-hearted torrential downpours. Therefore it’s better to pay the 2.2 Euros to the car park attendant and be safe in the knowledge that there’s a dry car only a hop and a skip away from the rising flood waters.

From the first car-park (the cheaper one) you can either take the direct route to the beach (left, five minutes) or the longer route (right, twenty minutes) through the dunes. I‘d recommend the latter as you can then walk back along the beach after your stroll through the dunes. The dunes along this stretch of the Dutch coast are protected from the likes of us and you can only actually walk or cycle on the designated paths. I presume this is to stop them being eroded by ham sandwiches and fizzy cola. It’s a noble endeavour but the down side is that the paths also get shared by Dutch dogs as well as humans. Unfortunately the former, and possibly some of the latter, have no shame when it comes to defecating in public and you have to watch your step on the paths.

The beach itself is superb for picking up items that have washed up on the shore. These range from millions of beautiful shells and interesting bits of driftwood to a wide range of used sanitary towels and condoms. One of the reasonably-priced beach cafes near the car-parks even has a picture of a whale that was washed up on the beach. So be careful what your children absent-mindedly hand you for your inspection and approval, those whales can get a bit heavy.

  • Last visit to Wassenaar: Aug 2006
  • Intro Written Aug 28, 2006
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