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Assen Things to Do

  • Imagine, during the night the cows make...

    The farmers not long ago were always much more comfortable then the city folks! As they lived with the animals, also at night, the house would be much warmer then in the city! Although cooking inside wasn't so much fun, most of the houses would use a small stove, fired with peet, dug and dried locally!

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  • Here you see how people lived in Drenthe

    It is somehow a small house, just a few windows in it, if you compare it with the houses we are used to nowadays you would run away quickly, as all seems to be smaller in size, more or less 36 square meters, that is all, maybe even less, the cows, wood, stove, kitchenware, bedroom, walls, two small wooden chairs, some oil-lamps, it is all the...

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  • A peek into the greens

    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.

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Assen Hotels

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  • Van Der Valk Hotel Assen

    Balkenweg 1, Assen, Netherlands, 9405 CC, NL

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel de Jonge

    This colourful hotel I met on my small walking tour through the centre of Assen. It looks like a...

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  • Witterzomer

    Instead of saying what's here, I'd be faster by saying what's not here. You can camp here with your...

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Assen Restaurants

  • Brand new (2013), great location!

    Looking for a new place to eat, since my favorite restaurant was bankrupt, I found this great place newly opened. It is a mix of different asian dishes, but looks mostly like a Japanese sushi restaurant. Location is the best, close to train station, free parking and close to the city centre. All the sushi with tuna!

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  • Indian food

    We felt like eating some Indian food so we chose this restaurant (I suppose the only Indian food restaurant in Assen). It's a bit of a weary looking restaurant and it seemed that evening that the (only) cook was angry and had a quarrel with the (only) waiter. Which was actually quite funny. Nevertheless, we were served quite promptly and...

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  • Organic lunch room

    'Next Door' is the little sister of no. 18, Gulle Gans (which is a restaurant).Gulle Gans Next Door is obviously popular as a lunch hot spot since the whole place, including the outside terrace, was completely full at lunch time (it was a Tuesday). Definitely popular with women, there were very few men!The lunchroom does not claim to be...

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Assen Nightlife

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  • Discotheque in the former cinema

    Theater Diana is the place for a night out in the citycentre. At saturdaynight it is a discotheque with opening hours from 10.30 pm till 5.00 am. The entrance is free. The music varies from dance music, R&B, mellow to top 40. There are also a lot of live-acts.At other days of the week there can be performances, festivals, dance classic parties and...

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  • Theatre and Cinema

    For performances, cabaret, dance, music and movies ''Theater De Kolk'' in Assen is the place to be. There are three halls and a theatre-cafe.At the web-site of the theatre you can see what's going on and make your reservations.Before Theater De Kolk there was allready a Concerthuis at the same place, built in 1851.I can remember the Concerthuis...

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  • Theater and movies

    When you want to see a movie or watch a performance theater De Kolk is the only possibility in Assen.In the building there is a bar and also a small restaurant.

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Assen Transportation

  • From Schipol to Assen

    My mum and I took the NSL train to Assen from Schipol Aiport. The journey was 2 hours and 13 minute passing by 7 stations before arriving in Assen. Make sure it's written Groningen on the platform signage. One way ticket was 22.80 euro per person. The train journey was very smooth and really fun with beautiful views along the way. We saw horses,...

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  • Assen, straight along the Northern...

    Getting to Assen is quite simple as it is situated direct along the highway A28 that runs from Zwolle North to Groningen. Assen has three exits: South, North and centre.

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  • Arriving in Assen

    A good way to arrive in Assen is by train. From, for example, Amsterdam there is a direct connection to Assen so it's easy to reach.The centre of Assen is only a five minute walk from the railway station. Close to the railway station there is the bus station, so you can get around very easily.

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Assen Shopping

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  • Another interesting shop!!!

    It's just another shop selling plenty of stuff for the home. You'll find electrical appliances, home decor items, gifts, things for the kitchens and others.What I like so much about the shop? It sells really nice home and garden accessories which I happen to be looking for. I almost bought a white foldable side table but considering the train ride...

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  • Nice stuff at reasonable price

    I had the chance to browse this shop during my trip to Assen. Honestly, I don't know the exact location. Anyway, I like the shop very much and felt like buying so many things. The shop sells plenty of things such as small size furniture, lamps, mirror, home decor, kitchen ware, gifts and other things as well. I'm not that sure what to shop in...

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  • Shopping center

    Since Assen is the capital of the province Drenthe, it is also one of the main places to go shopping. You're sure to have a few hours of fun shopping here. Plenty of fashion and shoe shops, specialist shops such as for lovers of cooking, book shops, musical instruments shops, you name it.The street market is on Tuesday. We bought some nice fresh...

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Assen Local Customs

Assen Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't get lost

    Of course it's always possible you get lost when you're biking around in the surroundings of Assen. The best thing you can do is: don't panic.The solution to the problem you're in is always very close: so-called 'toadstools' are on your path. Actually these toadstools are signs where you can go to.So you see: no problem to get lost.

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  • Keep an eye out for the trams...

    Keep an eye out for the trams when in Holland !!!!!Motorcyclists...... be carefull when riding over tram lines !

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Assen Tourist Traps

  • No not real tourist traps...

    No not real tourist traps here. This even isn't a real tourist area. You can cycle and walk around here without meeting any tourists.

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  • BIKERS AND MOTORISTS...

    BIKERS AND MOTORISTS BEWARE.......LOTS OF SPEED COPS ON MOTORWAYS AND AROUND TOWN.....DO NOT SPEED OR DRINK ALCOHOL IF DRIVING OR RIDING.DO NOT PULL ANY STUNTS OR RIDE RECKLESSLY OR YOU COULD GET A BIG FINE.

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Assen What to Pack

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    Backpack In summer it's warm here, but well in Holland it can always rain suddenly or get very cold. So bring a long some warm clothes too. Not necessary. Getting film and developping pictures is possible here. You can camp here yes. Many farms have their own campgrounds. On the picture: my brother René and me.

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    throw over or fixed panniers if twos up......or tank bag and kit bag if solo. TAKE WET GEAR WITH YOU......WHEN IT RAINS ..IT RAINS ASPIRIN FOR THE MORNING AFTER BECAUSE THE BEER IS GOOD. BINOCULARS FOR THE GREAT VIEWS AT THE RACES, AS PICTURE SHOWS.

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Assen Off The Beaten Path

  • Things you don't see somewhere else...

    like some other things in some other towns, assen has it's special side but is sadly way of the beaten track for most foreign visitors. The town lays too far from the popular places such as Amsterdam and The Hague and also is overshaded regionally by Groningen. But as said, here too are special things, such as the "Verkeerspark Assen", an...

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  • Old Saxon farmerhouses

    In the small village Witten, 5 KM west of Assen, you can find three traditional Saxon farmerhouses. Two are a national monument (cultural heritage).The one at the street Witterzomer 1 has the doors of the barn (baanderdeur) a at the side and the one at Witterhaar (picture) has the doors of the barn at the back of the builiding.A part of this...

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  • Germany is very nearby. Cities...

    Germany is very nearby. Cities like Aken and other places near the border are often very nice. You can discover there houses like the ones on the picture. In Dutch we call them 'vakwerkhuisjes' but I don't know how I can translate that word in English. It are a kind of cottages made of stone and wood.

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Assen Sports & Outdoors

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    by sachara Updated May 31, 2004

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    Many people all over the world know Assen because of its annual TT-motorraces. Every last saturday of June are the world superbike races at the TT-circuit about 6 KM from Assen.

    The whole TT-week you see everywhere in town and in the village Witten nearby the circuit thousands of bikers having a lot of fun and visiting the races.
    Famous is the TT-night of Assen at friday-night before the races with a lot of music, a fair and many people drinking lots of beer.

    As kid I was fascinated, when all the bikes and cars passed my primary school in Witten, the village nearby the circuit, on their way to the races. We wrote down all the numbers of the numberplates.

    In the centre of Assen a monument for the TT-races is erected.

    Dutch TT monument in the citycentre of Assen motorcycles along the bicycle road motorcycles parked everywhere camping around almost every farmhouse in Witten circuit Assen
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  • House, music school, radio studio,...

    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...

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  • Hertenkamp

    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...

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  • Stedelijk Gymnasium

    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...

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