25 December 2010

het Kurhaus

het Kurhaus on the North Sea.  This historic building in Scheveningen is occupied by the Steigenberger Hotel. It has gone through some major transformations since the current structure was designed and renovated after a major fire in 1886. When I started walking out onto the beach and looked back at this majestic building, I had to stop for a minute and take it all in. Massive structures like this are eye-catching in their unfamiliarity. It had a sort of carnival feel. Later, while walking around the space, I saw more of the features of this resort community inclusive of spa, casino, ice rink, shopping mall, hotels and rows of restaurants and entertainment outlets. I'll return in the summer to see how the space comes to life with the beach crowd.

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