Natural swimming spots

The North Sea is not the only place where you can take a refreshing dip outdoors. There are numerous locations in and around The Hague which are perfect for freshwater swimmers.

In The Hague

Besides the beaches at Kijkduin and Scheveningen, you can enjoy swimming outdoors in a natural environment in the Madestein recreational area. The area has recreational lakes and ponds with sunbathing areas and playgrounds and 3 'beaches': Loosduinen (Madesteinweg), the north bank (Madepolderweg) and the south bank (Madepolderweg). You can also hire boats at the the boating facilities at the De Madelief. The water quality in these lakes and ponds is tested regularly for safety.

Around The Hague

In the area around The Hague you can also find a large selection of locations for freshwater swimming as well as interactive water playgrounds especially for children. The Province of Zuid-Holland has a list of swimming spots in a natural environment in and around The Hague. These are generally ponds, river tributaries and water parks.

Safe swimming in the sea

Swimming in the sea can be a wonderful experience and plunging into icy cold water is becoming increasingly popular among wild swimmers. However, 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.

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Keep an eye on the colour of the flags on the beach. A red flag means no swimming: it is prohibited to enter the water. A yellow flag means caution: it can be dangerous to enter the water or swim.

Is my swimming spot safe and clean? provides information about the hygiene and safety of outdoor swimming locations in the Netherlands. These spots have been designated and examined by the provinces, water boards and the Rijkswaterstaat (Department of Waterways and Public Works). You are advised not to swim in other kinds of natural water in The Hague. These waters are not tested on quality or on their danger to swimmers.

Data on safety, hygiene and swimming water quality is collected only from 1 May to 1 October (the swimming season in the Netherlands). Specialist teams collect this data every 2 weeks.

More info offers an overview of outdoor swimming spots in the Netherlands.

Published: 14 June 2021Modified: 15 June 2021