Holten (Dutch Low Saxon: Hooltn) is a small village in the Dutch province of Overijssel, with approximately 9,000 inhabitants. Holten is located in a woody area, just south of the Holterberg. This hill, which is about 65m high, is part of the "Sallandse Heuvelrug" National Park. This National Park is the only area in the Netherlands in which the black grouse (in Dutch: korhoen) can be found. This bird is protected to prevent losses to hunting. In the breeding season, parts of the National Park are closed to the public.
Holten hosts the Netherlands' 2nd largest WWII-cemetery with mostly Canadian casualties of war. This cemetery is located about 3 km north-east of the Holten railroad station, in the woods. There are only dirt roads to this cemetery, which can make it difficult for visitors to reach by car.
The beautiful location of Holten has fostered important tourism in the village, which has several very good hotels and camping sites. During the summer, the number of tourists exceeds the number of locals.