Scheveningen is a seaside resort district in The Hague, the "international city on the sea".
This sea-side resort was originally an independent fishing village, but soon came to be part of greater city of The Hague. Its inhabitants still maintain a sense of local identity, however. The area is divided into three parts: Haven is the seaport where fishers' boats still come in. It is not particularly picturesque like some French or Spanish fishing harbors, but some good fish shops and restaurants are available. Dorp is the former fishermen's village itself. The last part, Bad (meaning bath, not bad) is the beach resort that most visitors head for. The resort has a history of long royal and well-to-do visitors with the Kurhaus as its main attraction. But its 19th-century grandeur largely disappeared after the Palace Hotel was burned down and demolished in 1979, and because of unfortunate property development in the 1970s and early 80s. Unimpressive buildings now dominate the promenade. The area gets very crowded in summer. For large-scale nightlife, most city dwellers prefer Scheveningen to the center of town.