Amsterdam – the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands, “the Venice of the North” with its famous canals from 17th century (UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Defence Line of Amsterdam). The name of the city comes from “Aemstelredamme” – “a dam across Amstel river”, which was built after the floods in in 12th century in the small fishing village. However the oldest part of the city (annexed in early 20th century) comes from the 9th century.
Scheveningen – seaside resort, a district of The Hague, with a very long, sandy beach, an esplanade, a pier (De Pier), a lighthouse, museums (The Muzee Museum, The miniature city Madurodam, sea museum Beelden aan Zee, The Panorama Mesdag) and a harbour.
The name of the resort comes from a word meaning “sandy shore bordered with sandbanks or dunes”.
Scheveningen is also a kitesurfing and surfing spot.