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Beach Life of The Netherlands from the 20th Century Through These Stunning Vintage Photos

The Netherlands is known for its diverse landscapes. The country is home to some of the best beaches, trekking and cycling routes, tulip fields, markets, cities, architecture, and more. There are several famous resort towns near Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague that are known for their golden sands, glistening seas, and pickled herring kiosks. It has the typical European touch of peace.

There are several famous beaches in the Netherlands, including Scheveningen, Zandvoort, Hoek Van Holland, Texel, Egmond aan Zee and many others. Scheveningen Beach is the one beach that every tourist in the Netherlands visits. The beach is famous because of its fantastic beach bars, pier, and small shops. It doesn’t feel crowded even on days when the beach is jam-packed. The Zandvoort aan Zee Beach is also very popular among visitors. Located only 30 kilometres from Amsterdam, it has become the party hub for all young people. Hoek van Holland beach is a very picturesque spot. Those who are in Rotterdam love it as a getaway. Beach bars with great food and drinks are famous on the beach.

Amerland Beach is a secluded beach near the Netherlands. There are golden sand dunes, distant beach houses, and crystal-clear water. This beach hosts the annual rugby festival every year.

Here are some stunning historical photos capturing beach life in the Netherlands from the 20th Century.

#1 Beautiful weather at the beach, huge crowds at the beach, August 13, 1965

Beautiful weather at the beach, huge crowds at the beach, August 13, 1965

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#2 Huge crowds at the beach, The Netherlands, August 13, 1965, beaches.

Huge crowds at the beach, The Netherlands, August 13, 1965, beaches.

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#3 Nice weather at the beach, The Netherlands, 1965.

Nice weather at the beach, The Netherlands, 1965.

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#4 Nice weather at the beach, 1965

Nice weather at the beach, 1965

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#5 The seaside resort of Scheveningen in The Hague, Netherlands, with the Kurhaus hotel behind, 1965.

The seaside resort of Scheveningen in The Hague, Netherlands, with the Kurhaus hotel behind, 1965.

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#6 Beach at Zandvoort, March 5, 1961, beaches, The Netherlands.

Beach at Zandvoort, March 5, 1961, beaches, The Netherlands.

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#7 Crowds at the beach pavilions at Zandvoort, February 20, 1961, crowds, beach pavilions, The Netherland.

Crowds at the beach pavilions at Zandvoort, February 20, 1961, crowds, beach pavilions, The Netherland.

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#8 Beautiful spring weather on the beach at Zandvoort, February 20, 1961, beaches, spring weather, The Netherlands.

Beautiful spring weather on the beach at Zandvoort, February 20, 1961, beaches, spring weather, The Netherlands.

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#9 Nuns on the beach at Zandvoort, The Netherlands, February 20, 1961

Nuns on the beach at Zandvoort, The Netherlands, February 20, 1961

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#10 Beautiful weather at the beach in Zandvoort, grandmother in beach chair, August 2, 1960.

Beautiful weather at the beach in Zandvoort, grandmother in beach chair, August 2, 1960.

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#11 People enjoying at Beach in Zandvoort, The Netherlands August 2, 1960,

People enjoying at Beach in Zandvoort, The Netherlands August 2, 1960,

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#12 Zandvoort beach, 1960

Zandvoort beach, 1960

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#13 Zandvoort beach, The Netherlands, 1960

Zandvoort beach, The Netherlands, 1960

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#14 Zandvoort, The Netherlands, 1960

Zandvoort, The Netherlands, 1960

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#15 Laundry drying on the wires by the sea, 1960

Laundry drying on the wires by the sea, 1960

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#16 Beach Trampoline at Zandvoort, 1940s

Beach Trampoline at Zandvoort, 1940s

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#17 Beach Trampoline at Zandvoort, 1940s

Beach Trampoline at Zandvoort, 1940s

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#18 Beach Trampoline, 1940s

Beach Trampoline, 1940s

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#19 Autumn driving tour along Scheveningen beach, November 30, 1959

Autumn driving tour along Scheveningen beach, November 30, 1959

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#20 Zandvoort, The Netherlands, August 17, 1958

Zandvoort, The Netherlands, August 17, 1958

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#21 Girl with a ball at the beach on the North Sea, The Hague, seaside resort Scheveningen.

Girl with a ball at the beach on the North Sea, The Hague, seaside resort Scheveningen.

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#22 Beach of Scheveningen, 1954

Beach of Scheveningen, 1954

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#23 Strandboulevard Scheveningen, 1954

Strandboulevard Scheveningen, 1954

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#24 Beach boulevard Scheveningen, 1954

Beach boulevard Scheveningen, 1954

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#25 Soldiers and civilians are seen on a beach gathering sandbags to strenghthen against the spring tide in Netherlands, 1953

Soldiers and civilians are seen on a beach gathering sandbags to strenghthen against the spring tide in Netherlands, 1953

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#26 Amphibious tanks on the beach, showing troops wading ashore in the background, 1950s

Amphibious tanks on the beach, showing troops wading ashore in the background, 1950s

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#27 A group of women, some in bathing costumes and some in their Sunday best clothes, with their feet in the sand at the beach, 1925

A group of women, some in bathing costumes and some in their Sunday best clothes, with their feet in the sand at the beach, 1925

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#28 Three generations in a family group, 1925.

Three generations in a family group, 1925.

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#29 Two ladies on holiday in beach chairs at the seaside, with a family playing behind, in Scheveningen near The Hague, 1925

Two ladies on holiday in beach chairs at the seaside, with a family playing behind, in Scheveningen near The Hague, 1925

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#30 Donkey rides at the seaside, with the pier behind, in Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, 1924.

Donkey rides at the seaside, with the pier behind, in Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, 1924.

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#31 Donkey rides at the seaside, with the pier behind, in Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, 1924.

Donkey rides at the seaside, with the pier behind, in Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, 1924.

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#32 Three women and children in wicker beach chairs on the beach at Wijk aan Zee, 1920

Three women and children in wicker beach chairs on the beach at Wijk aan Zee, 1920

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#33 Dutch Children Collecting Seashells at the seaside with a horse and cart beyond, near Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1910.

Dutch Children Collecting Seashells at the seaside with a horse and cart beyond, near Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1910.

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#34 A couple on holiday seated in beach chairs, she eating grapes and he smoking a cigar at the seaside in Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, 1910.

A couple on holiday seated in beach chairs, she eating grapes and he smoking a cigar at the seaside in Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, 1910.

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#35 Holidayakers, including children and some seated in beach chairs, at the seaside in Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, 1910.

Holidayakers, including children and some seated in beach chairs, at the seaside in Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, 1910.

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#36 Holidaymakers sitting on the sand and in beach chairs at the seaside in Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, 1908.

Holidaymakers sitting on the sand and in beach chairs at the seaside in Scheveningen near The Hague in the Netherlands, 1908.

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#37 Beach Scene with walkers on planks past stalls, anonymous, Netherlands, 1910

Beach Scene with walkers on planks past stalls, anonymous, Netherlands, 1910

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#38 The Pier with the pavilion the Wandelhoofd Wilhelmina, seen from the beach, Scheveningen, Netherlands, 1900

The Pier with the pavilion the Wandelhoofd Wilhelmina, seen from the beach, Scheveningen, Netherlands, 1900

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#39 The Kurhaus, seen from the beach, Scheveningen, Netherlands, 1900.

The Kurhaus, seen from the beach, Scheveningen, Netherlands, 1900.

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#40 Scheveningen; people with beach chairs in the sea, June 5, 1982

Scheveningen; people with beach chairs in the sea, June 5, 1982

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#41 Mooi weer strand Scheveningen; two women with dogs, Scheveningen, The Netherlands, 1945

Mooi weer strand Scheveningen; two women with dogs, Scheveningen, The Netherlands, 1945

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#42 Beautiful weather beach, Scheveningen, The Netherlands, 1981

Beautiful weather beach, Scheveningen, The Netherlands, 1981

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#43 Beach Zandvoort, The Netherlansd, 1981

Beach Zandvoort, The Netherlansd, 1981

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#44 Beach Zandvoort, The Netherlansd, 1981

Beach Zandvoort, The Netherlansd, 1981

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#45 After this week’s heavy storm a large part of the island Texel has disappeared, lighthouse in the background, The Netherlands, 1940s

After this week's heavy storm a large part of the island Texel has disappeared, lighthouse in the background, The Netherlands, 1940s

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#46 Beach pavilions, islands, storms, The Netherlands, 1940

Beach pavilions, islands, storms, The Netherlands, 1940

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#47 Beautiful beach weather in Zandvoort, July 22, 1980, bathers, beaches, summer, sunbathing, The Netherlands,

Beautiful beach weather in Zandvoort, July 22, 1980, bathers, beaches, summer, sunbathing, The Netherlands,

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#48 Crowds on Scheveningen beach, July 4, 1977

Crowds on Scheveningen beach, July 4, 1977

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#49 Crowds on Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands, July 4, 1977

Crowds on Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands, July 4, 1977

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#50 Sunbathing people on beach, April 20, 1975.

Sunbathing people on beach, April 20, 1975.

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#51 Nice weather in Zandvoort; sunbathing people on beach, 1975

Nice weather in Zandvoort; sunbathing people on beach, 1975

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#52 Nice weather in Zandvoort; overview on the beach, 1975

Nice weather in Zandvoort; overview on the beach, 1975

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#53 Zandvoort, The Netherlands, 1974

Zandvoort, The Netherlands, 1974

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#54 Zandvoort, The Netherlands, 1974

Zandvoort, The Netherlands, 1974

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#55 Zandvoort, The Netherlands, 1974

Zandvoort, The Netherlands, 1974

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#56 Autumn sun on Zandvoort beach, 1971

Autumn sun on Zandvoort beach, 1971

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#57 Autumn sun on Zandvoort beach, people in beach chairs, September 22, 1971

Autumn sun on Zandvoort beach, people in beach chairs, September 22, 1971

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#58 Autumn sun on beach Zandvoort, 1971

Autumn sun on beach Zandvoort, 1971

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#59 Autumn sun on Zandvoort beach, September 22, 1971.

Autumn sun on Zandvoort beach, September 22, 1971.

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#60 Autumn sun on beach Zandvoort, September 22, 1971.

Autumn sun on beach Zandvoort, September 22, 1971.

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#61 Autumn sun on beach Zandvoort, 1971

Autumn sun on beach Zandvoort, 1971

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#62 Autumn sun on beach Zandvoort, 1971

Autumn sun on beach Zandvoort, 1971

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#63 Autumn sun on beach Zandvoort, 1971

Autumn sun on beach Zandvoort, 1971

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#64 Autumn sun on Zandvoort beach, 1971

Autumn sun on Zandvoort beach, 1971

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#65 Autumn sun on Zandvoort beach, 1971

Autumn sun on Zandvoort beach, 1971

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#66 State visit Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in Netherlands, 1971

State visit Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in Netherlands, 1971

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#67 State visit Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in Netherlands, 1971

State visit Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in Netherlands, 1971

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#68 State visit Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in Netherlands, 1971

State visit Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in Netherlands, 1971

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#69 Song Contest in Knokke, 1970

Song Contest in Knokke, 1970

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#70 Torremolinos, 1967

Torremolinos, 1967

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#71 Beautiful weather at the beach, old people at the beach, August 13, 1965, beaches, The Netherlands.

Beautiful weather at the beach, old people at the beach, August 13, 1965, beaches, The Netherlands.

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#72 The beach, Scheveningen, Holland, 1900

The beach, Scheveningen, Holland, 1900

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#73 The beach, Scheveningen, Holland, 1900

The beach, Scheveningen, Holland, 1900

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#74 The Hotel d’Orange, Scheveningen, 1900

The Hotel d'Orange, Scheveningen, 1900

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#75 The beach at Scheveningen, Holland, 1900

The beach at Scheveningen, Holland, 1900

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#76 Beach Scene, Scheveningen, Holland, 1900

Beach Scene, Scheveningen, Holland, 1900

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#77 The beach, Scheveningen, 1900

The beach, Scheveningen, 1900

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#78 The beach at Pinken, Scheveningen, Holland, 1900

The beach at Pinken, Scheveningen, Holland, 1900

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