The Nassaulaan in Assen is the connecting street between the citycentre and the Forest of Assen. This street is also part of the cultural heritage area of Assen. At this lovely street you can find a lot of beautiful and majestic houses, but also the deerpark and the former grammarschool.
The house with coach-house at the picture, Nassaulaan nr 1, is built in 1809 in the neo-classicist style. It has striking foundry and wrought iron fences.
Fondest memory: In the frontgarden were thousands of flowerbulbs in the ground. So the grass looked very colourful with all the flowers in the early spring. My grammarschool was one minute from here and my lunchcafe nextdoor.
And especially for doc Firas: in this house I visited my first dentist.
The hertenkamp or deerpark is made in 1875. The Governor of the province Drenthe got as present a so-called koningshert, deer of the king, catched somewhere in Drenthe near Gasselte.
The widow of the governor gave the deer as present to the city at her turn. Some notable citizens payed the construction of the deerpark, because the city didn't want to pay it. In 1875 the stable for the deer is built. Now it's a monument.
Fondest memory: A few years ago after their retirement my parents moved to a new-built apartment, looking over the deerpark. i like it to look at this very known spot, when I visit them.
Everyday I passed this deerpark by bike on my way to the grammarschool. And later I parked my mothers car here at saturday morning, when she asked me to do the weekend shopping for her after schooltime.
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.
Fondest memory: 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.
A the Nassualaan nr. 5 is situated the Grammarschool, built in 1824 and enlarged in 1853. This Grammarschool, the so-called ''Latijnse School'' in those days, is founded by Hendrik Jan Nassau, doctor in literature. He was the headmaster till 1851.
The street got his name. Also the new secondary school after a fusion in the 70s got the name Nassaucollege.
In 1974 the building ended to be a school and became an office, first for the court and later till now for Staatsbosbeheer.
Fondest memory: I visited this grammarschool, the so-called Stedelijk Gymnasium. I started my first class at the first floor at the left side in the front with a nice view at the Nassaulaan.
In the 90s I visited the building again with my old class. We had a lot of fun, because many anecdotes and memories came up.
At the Beilerstraat in Assen you can find also a lot of majestic houses. The one at nr. 24 is built in 1884 in the eclectic style.
Later it became a dependance of the secondary school and the music school of Assen. When I was a kid I had my ballet lessons in this musicschool.
Till september 2004 this building is owned by RTV Drenthe and used as radio studio and office for the editors and the reporters.
In september 2004 the radio and television of the regional station of Drenthe, now still separated in two buildings, will move together to another building, the former secondary school at the opposite of the road.
Fondest memory: When I visited the building of RTV Drenthe, where my boy-friend works now, and see he has his desk in the same room at the same place as where I had my balletlessons as a little girl of eight.
In the rustic neighbourhood of Assen there are some bridges. Not every bridge is beautiful but nevertheless they can be nice to see.
One of the bridges you can see is for example a drawbridge. These kind of bridges will be lifted up when a pleasure craft is sailing in the water.
Waiting for these bridges isn't boring because it's nice to see te crafts passing by.
Go and enjoy the farms nearby. You can look around at some farmhouses that are open for the public. There even is an old farmvillage nearby that's only there for the public. Very nice to see how everything was in the old days. Also a must see are the old oilpumps here, they have a very special shape. Nice too are the funparcs like Autotron that are very nearby + the zoo in Emmen.
Also many historical things are to see here: there is a special stone age fun & historic parc called 'Archeon' nearby and you can see stoneage graves here called 'hunebedden'.
The thing you absolutely MUST see in Assen is the museum. I'm kind of a museum freak and I think ours is great. Regularly the museum has different themes where they give loads of information. The moor corpses and the wax face of the girl of Yde is quite interesting to see. I won't tell too much...if you love museums this is nice to check out!
Fondest memory: The nice thing of Assen is probably that I find the people here more friendly than in other places of the Netherlands. I don't know what makes the people different here from other places. Probably because Assen is still quite 'farmlike' and not yet a big city. It is slowly progressing to a big city though. When I'm away from Assen...the friendly people is what I miss the most...
Being in Emmen is also special for it's many good restaurants. In the next few weeks I will present you a list of my favorit but I will start right of now with the first in a row!
Do not forget to visit Rue the la Gare, a restaurant on the edge of town, you open the door and you enter the 40-ties by it's overwelming decoration and lightning!
Fondest memory: Emmen is nice to live or to stay for a few days, do not forget to park your car outside the center along the 'Kerkhoflaan' because it's free to stay there all day. If you are late and wanna go for a bite, try Massada, a friendly place serving pizza and roasts until 4 am on regular days and on special occasions you can go there around the clock!
Remember the Timebandits? They are from Emmen!!!
Tourist Information in Dutch is called VVV.
In Emmen you van find it at:
Stichting VVV Emmen
7811 EP EMMEN
+31 591 613000 Tel
+31 591 644106 Fax
Fondest memory: Emmen offers many festivities in summer! Information at the VVV
THE BIKE RACING......EITHER WORLD SUPER BIKES OR THE GRAND PRIX.
TWICE A YEAR THE TOWN IS TAKEN OVER BY THE BIKING WORLD.
Fondest memory: Walking around town and seeing everyone enjoying themselves....NO TROUBLE EITHER....
BEER BEING SOLD FROM ANY SHOP FRONT ......
This is a COOL......town.
Favorite thing: The outside front of the hotel restaurant BraamsIf you click on the photograph you can take a closer look.