Setting foot on new ground: the Zandmotor

South of The Hague is an area called the Zandmotor. This is a peninsula of sand created by allowing nature to do the work. Although the Zandmotor is intended as a coastal defence and is a superb example of building with nature, the sand landscape is a paradise for surfers, hikers and anyone looking for peace and quiet. An experiment like the Zandmotor has never been conducted before; you are literally setting foot on new ground here.

The area is open to the public year-round.

Nationaal Park Hollandse Duinen - Zandmotor
Photo:, Rijkswaterstaat / Joop van Houdt
Nationaal Park Hollandse Duinen - strand

Experience un-Dutch emptiness

The raw nature here is endlessly captivating. Thanks to the interplay of waves, wind and currents, the Zandmotor is constantly changing in shape and size. The entire peninsula is accessible and absolutely perfect for taking in the emptiness on the horizon. Do pay attention to the weather and tide: it is impossible to predict exactly how the sand and current will behave.

Nationaal Park Hollandse Duinen - blow kiteschool

Learn how to kite surf in the shallow lagoon 

The calm water and stable sea wind in the sheltered, shallow lagoon in the Zandmotor make it the ideal spot to learn how to kite surf. Here you have plenty of space and an opportunity to kite surf in various wind directions.

Fossil hunting in the sand

The sand used in 2011 to lay the foundation for the Zandmotor was taken from the floor of the North Sea. Part of it was recently deposited but some of it is much older. So old that it might even contain mammoth bones. You have an excellent chance of finding amazing fossils among the seashells and pebbles on the rolling sand dunes here.

Nationaal Park Hollandse Duinen - BondiBeach

Fully enjoy 

At Bondi Beachclub, you can fully enjoy a variety of food and drink with the setting sun as the backdrop. Closed during the winter.

Voet zetten op nieuw land: de Zandmotor