Assen, city of the palaces
The old part of the citycentre of Assen and the area west of it, concerning the Vaart, Torenlaan and Nassaulaan are declared National Cultural Heritage in 1988.
Assen has 123 national monuments and also many provincial/municipal monuments, concerning all together 350 buildings. Many of these buildings are majestic houses, the so-called palaces of Assen. Some are still inhabited, others are transformed in offices.
You can have a look at the buildings yourself, but you can also arrange a guided walk by the Historical Union of Assen with an explanation about the history and the different styles of the buildings.
For more information: www.ahvassen.nl or www.assen.nl. For some more pictures and descriptions have a look at my travelogue. To refresh my memories of my youth in Assen. And to look with other eyes to all those for me very known buildings, while making pictures for VT.
I always liked this house at the picture (now an office) next to my grammarschool. It is built in chalet-style with neo-gothic details (1873). At a snowy day with very slippery roads, having driving lessons and taking the bend in front of the house, I drove almost in its garden from this side.