If you like shopping go to The Forum, a shopping-centre in the middle of Assen.
In this shopping-centre are about 30 shops and restaurants. In The Forum you also can find the postoffice and the library.
When you are in Assen during the TT period you must have a look around.
At the 'veemarktterrein' there is a fancy fair and spread through Assen there are little tents where you can get different kinds of food.
Of course there are also the races. If you are a motorfreak have a look at the TT-circuit!
During the 'Asser Nacht' and the 'TT Nacht' there are several bands playing and you can have a go at bungee-jumping or catapulting. Something new is car-dropping...you step in a car and get pulled up high, at the highest point they will let go. It is supposed to give a great kick. If you have nerves of steel have a go at it! It does cost you a pretty penny though!
In the butterfly garden, you see how intimate is the relationship between flowers and butterflies. Butterflies in the flashiest colours flit from flower to flower - more than 1500 butterflies of 40 species. And many of them were bred in Emmen Zoo. Also zooming their way through the butterfly garden are hummingbirds- the smallest birds in the world. Not only are they crazy about nectar but spiders as well. Thanks to their efforts, the butterflies never get caught in spider webs.
The TT circuit at Assen ( in the province Drenthe ) has gained a good reputation in the international motorsport world because of its tradition and top sports events. Tradition, because the two T's orininate the Tourist Trophy, the name of motor roadraces which since 1907 are ridden the English Isle of Man. Even when the international motorraces were placed under the heading Grand Prix in 1949, Assen was the only GP known as the TT. Every year the Dutch TT draws a large number of visitors to the circuit. During the TT week there also parties in the city of Assen. The TT funfair and the traditional TT night, at wich live music is played at many locations, are well known for the great atmosphere.
Close to the German border, in a beautiful Groningen landscape, lies a unique place of interest: the citadel of Bourtange. To discover the origin of this citadel we have to go back to the Eighty Years´ War, to 1580 to be precise. In that year Prince William of Orange ordered a fortified pentagon to be constructed on a 'tange' or sandy ridge, on a road linking the city of Groningen with Lingen and Westphalia. The Prince hoped that, by doing this, he had blocked an important thoroughfare and would force the surrender of Groningen which had been occupied by the Spanish. In 1593 Count William Louis of Nassau completed the citadel. On 23rd July 1594, when Groningen finally acknowledged defeat, the citadel of Bourtange became part of the borderdefences of the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. With the introduction of 'modern methods' of warfare, the citadel, which had once been so important, was dismantled in the second half of last century. Happily, the municipality of Vlagtwedde took the decision in 1964 to restore and reconstruct the citadel, based on the situation as it was in 1742, when the fortress had reached its maximum size.
Orginally the population of Bourtange only consisted of soldiers and their families and few craftsmen. However, the arrival of all manner of skilled workers, tradesmen and farmers caused the village to grow rapidly. So Bourtange became more than a military defence post: it also became a very beautiful village. And it has stayed that way. Bourtange is a village where there is so much to do. You can visit musea, exhibitions, go on beatiful walks (during which you'll believe you've slipped back two centuries!), drink and eat in the two resaurants and buy souvenirs in the shops. In brief: Bourtange won't disappoint you!
1) Drents Museum
Tel. +31 592 31 27 41
Rode Heklaan 3
Tel. +31 592 35 67 18 / +31 34 58 85
3) Stoottroepen Museum
Tel. +31 592 35 81 63
4) Museum APZ-Drenthe
Tel.+ 31 592 33 48 11
5) Nationaal Hunnebedden Infocentrum
Bronnegerstraat 12 - BORGER
Tel. +31 599 23 63 74
6) Ruimtetheater Planetron
Drift 11b - DWINGELOO
Tel. +31 521 59 35 35
7) Noorder Dierenpark
Hoofdstraat 18 - EMMEN
Tel. +31 591 85 08 55
8) Museum Kinderwereld
Brink 31 - RODEN
Tel. +31 50 501 88 51
9) Streekmuseum Het Dorp van Bartje
Balloëstraat 2a - ROLDE
Tel. +31 592 24 26 74
10) Gevangenismuseum Veenhuizen
Hoofdweg 8 - VEENHUIZEN
Tel. +31 592 38 82 64
11) Verkeerspark Assen
De Haar 1-1a
Tel. +31 592 35 57 00
12) TT-Circuit Assen
De Haar 9
Tel. +31 592 32 13 21
13) Kinderspeelparadijs Bal-lorig
Tel. +31 592 40 61 61
14) Attraktiepark Duinen Zathe
Boerestreek 13 - APPELSCHA
Tel. +31 516 43 22 03
15) Familiepretpark De Vluchtheuvel
Donderseweg 12 - NORG
Tel. +31 592 61 22 66
16) Kinderboerderij De Hofstede
Tel. +31 592 35 64 31
Found this park during the walk around my friend's home. Thought it would be cool for picnic or even exercise, perhaps during a warmer day.
Two MUST SEE's are the TT in June and the WSB Round in September.
Top racing on a really good circuit and plenty of grandstands to watch from!
Visit the Zoo in Emmen: 'Noorderdierenpark'. You can see all kinds of animals here. Very special is the butterfly garden, with the biggest and most colourfull butterflies you ever have seen.
Best place to feel what life was like about 100 years ago in the Northern part of the Netherlands when peet was used to heat our houses.