Hampshire Inn-Bieze Borger

Hoofdstraat 21, Borger, Netherlands, 9531 AA, NL
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Travel Tips for Borger

Visitors Center

by Pijlmans

At the visitors center Gieten-Borger you can get information about the animals in the forest.

You can buy tickets for the Boomkroonpad, a path in the tree tops, or rent a bike.

They have description and maps of the walks you can do in the forest. Walks of 3 km, 4 km, 4.5 km and 16.5 km start and finish here.

There is a restaurant as well, where you can get pancakes, ice creams, coffee and pie etc...

Boomkroonpad: Walk between the tree tops

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Scaffolds were built between the trees, so you can walk at the same level as the tree tops.

The highest point is 22.5 meter, where you have a great view over the forest.

Buy your ticket at the Visitors Center (3.50 euro for adults, 1.75 euro for kids up to 12 years).

There is also a small restaurant where you can get ice creams, pancakes, coffee etc.

You can rent a bike as well here.

At the end of the Boomkroonpad, you will find the starting point of several hikes through the forest (3-16.5 km). We did the 16.5 km walk, called Beek en Bos route, which was really very beautiful.

Beek en Bos route, a 16.5 km hike through forest

by Pijlmans

Just after the Boomkroonpad (a path between the tree tops), several marked walks start with lengths of 3-16.5 km.

We did the 16.5 km walk, which took us through the beautiful forest.

We even saw a snake!

The route also passes the recreational lake 't Nije Hemelriek with restaurant, about two-thirds of the route. See http://www.hemelriek.nl/.

See the link below for a map. Free maps are also available at the Visitors Center.

Emmen Zoo

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The Emmen Zoo is about 20 minutes by car from Borger.

The zoo has two parts, you have to walk for about 10 minutes from one part to the other.

You can easily spend a whole day here.

A lot of playgrounds for kids as well.

The most remarkable part I found the penguin garden, where you can walk just between penguins. Some of them were brooding.

The Dutch Pyramids

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Hunebeds, or dolmen, are tombs built over 5000 years ago by the people of the Funnelbeaker culture.

The boulders were brought to the Netherlands from Scandinavia, during the Ice Ages.

"Hunebed Center"

There are 54 hunebeds in the Netherlands. Because more than 10 of them are in the direct vicinity of Borger, Borger is also called the Hunebed Capital of the Netherlands.

The Hunebed Centre/Museum is built next to the largest hunebed (D27) of the Netherlands.

"Boomkroonpad and other walks"

The environment of Borger offers a lot of nature to explore.

There is a construction in the forest, where you can walk between the tree tops. This is called the Boomkroonpad.

In the tip section are descriptions of several hikes you can do in the nature around Borger. One of them, called Bijvoetpad, takes you along most of the hunebeds.

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