Present and Past: Scheveningen Pier possibly saved

10.10.2014

The Scheveningen Pier may get a second chance. Curator Marc Udink has announced that a serious party has signed a Letter of Intent. According to Udink, if all goes well, the Pier could be re-opened in the spring of 2015.

The current pier is the second pier at this location. The first pier, called the ‘Wandelhoofd Koningin Wilhelmina’, was opened in 1901 by prince Hendrik. Activities to be enjoyed in its pavilion included musical performances, theatre shows and acrobatics. This changed in the spring of 1942 when the Germans took over the Pier to use it as a storage. In addition, antiaircraft guns were mounted on the Pier to ward off invasions from the sea. In 1943, however, the Pier burned out completely; the exact cause was never established.

In 1961 the second, current pier was opened to the public; its distinctive vantage point followed a year afterwards. Due to a lack of maintenance and a major fire in 2011, it was decided in October 2013 to close the Pier because it was considered unsafe for visitors. Whether the new plan will return the Pier to its former glory, remains to be seen.

The first Pier

The second Pier

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