Welcome to the Sand Sculpture Route 2016

In 2016 Noordwijk and Zandvoort aan Zee are the two municipalities participating in the Sand Sculpture Route. Every year the themes of the sand sculptures are chosen locally.

The sand sculptures in Noordwijk will commemorate the celebration of Noordwijk 150 Years Beach Resort.  And in 2016, the general theme of the European Championship Sand Sculpting in Zandvoort aan Zee is “Icons of Amsterdam”, to emphasize the strong bond between Zandvoort as “Amsterdam Beach” and the City of Amsterdam.

The Sand Sculpture Route is an initiative of the World Sand Sculpting Academy, the participating municipalities and sponsors.


From the 2nd until the 6th of July, renowned artists from Russia will create 5 sand sculptures at Koningin Wilhelmina Boulevard, opposite the Hotel van Oranje in Noordwijk.

The sand sculptures will commemorate “Noordwijk 150 Years Beach Resort” and will showcase an array of activities and special amenities which have contributed to the image of Noordwijk as a highly attractive beach resort. Themes like Food, Drink and Entertainment, the Musical “Soldaat van Oranje”, Beach Fun and Noordwijk as an outstanding Family Beach Resort will be depicted in these sculptures.

The sand sculptures can be visited free of charge until the 14th of August 2016

This event is an initiative of the Municipality of Noordwijk, in close co-operation and with much appreciated support of local sponsors and organisations.

European Championship Sand Sculpting 2016 in Zandvoort aan Zee

From the 30th of July until the 5th of August, the fifth edition of the European Championship Sand Sculpting will be held in the seaside village Zandvoort aan Zee. Six renowned artists from six different European countries will each create an impressive sand sculpture. The main theme will be “Icons of Amsterdam”. Each contestant will interpret a sub theme in a sand sculpture, like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Architecture from Amsterdam, the Concertgebouw and Concertgebouw Orchestre, the Free Spirit and Tolerance of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Zoo Artis

The sand sculptures can be visited free of charge until the end of October 2016

Apart from these 6 competing sculptures, and extra sculpture will be created, depicting art from various famous museums in the Netherlands.

Art Holland

It is impressive how the Netherlands and its people time and again combine traditions of the rich culture with modern day life. Including Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Mondriaan and Escher, the Netherlands has produced well-known and world famous artists in every era. Their works are on display at the famous and renowned museums of Amsterdam, The Hague and Den Bosch. And music can be experienced in a fantastic way in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The partnership between these art institutions calls itself “Art Holland” and aims to let us share in their rich Dutch cultural treasures. In the Netherlands Art always very nearby.

And to bring Arts and even closer to the general public, Art Holland has sponsored an  additional sand sculpture during the European Championship Sand Sculpture 2016. Also, in the other sand sculptures elements of Art, Music and our tolerant communal lifestyle will be depicted to emphasize the Dutch rich culture.

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