Natural swimming

The North Sea is not the only place where you can take a refreshing dip. There are numerous locations in and around The Hague which are perfect for freshwater swimmers. You will also find some great interactive water playgrounds especially for children.

The Province of Zuid-Holland has a list of 20 swimming sites in a natural environment in and around The Hague. These are generally ponds, river tributaries and water parks. 

Please note that the swimming season in the Netherlands is traditionally from 1 May to 1 October. Information on safety, hygiene and swimming water quality is therefore not collected until just before this date. The province’s specialist teams collect information on a fortnightly basis.

Outdoor swimming locations

In The Hague, besides the beaches at Kijkduin and Scheveningen, you can enjoy swimming outdoors in a natural environment at Madestein pond with 3 'beaches': Loosduinen (Madesteinweg), the north bank (Madepolderweg) and the south bank (Madepolderweg). Read more about all the boating facilities at the De Madelief.

Freshwater swimming

In the area around The Hague you can also find a large selection of locations for freshwater swimming as well as water playgrounds:

  • Delft: Delftse Hout, Strandpad
  • Delft: Korftlaan water playground, Bieslandsepad
  • Delft: Naturistencamping Delft, Rotterdamseweg
  • Delft: Tanthof water playground, Kalfjeslaan
  • Honselersdijk: Wollebrand, Broekpolderlaan
  • Leidschendam: Vlietland surfing beach - northwest bank, Brasempad
  • Leidschendam: Vlietland Speelvijver, Rietpolderweg
  • Naaldwijk: Prinsenbos pond, Grote Achterweg
  • Nootdorp: Dobbeplas, Oudeweg
  • Monster: Ter Heide, Strandweg
  • Nootdorp: Dobbeplas, Oudeweg 75
  • Rijswijk: Ter Werve natural pond (De Put), Huis te Landelaan 29a
  • Rijswijk: Tubasingel water adventure park, Tubasingel
  • Rijswijk: Wilhelminapark pond, Pieter Postmapad
  • Zoetermeer: Noord Aa beach, Aziëweg

Swimming hotline

The latest information on swimming water can be found during the swimming season at www.zwemwater.nl or at www.odmh.nl. You can call the special Swimming hotline or send an email to zwemwater@odmh.nl.

For more information, visit our page on swimming water quality.

Safe swimming in the sea

Swimming in the sea can be a wonderful experience, but it also has its dangers. The wind and water currents are often unpredictable. Read everything about tidal currents and other dangers in the sea under Safe swimming in nature.

Published: 8 July 2016Modified: 11 June 2018