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    Bijvoetpad, a hike around Borger

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    The Bijvoetpad is a marked hike of 14 km, which can be shortened at some points.

    You can start this hike at the Hunebed Centre.

    The hike takes you along the largest hunebed D27 at the Hunebed Centre and the hunebed cluster D21+ D22, D23, D24 and D25 between Borger and Drouwen.

    It gets also near hunebeds D19
    and D20 near Drouwen and hunebeds D28 and D29 between Borger and Buinen.

    The minerals and fossils shop Versteend Leven (Stoned Life) is also along the route.

    A description of the route should be available from the Hunebed Centre, the tourist information office (VVV), or see the website below. The VVV in Borger may have moved though.

    I recommend that you get a description or print the map, because at some places the marking may be difficult to find. If you have the map, following the route should not be a problem.

    http://www.wandelprovincie.nl/view/wandelroutes/wandelroute/21

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    Map of Hunebeds around Borger

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    The largest hunebed D27 can be found next to the Hunebed Centre, Bronnegerstraat 12 in Borger. Number 2 on the map.

    About 20 minutes walking from D27, there is a cluster of 5 hunebeds, D21 and D22, D23, D24 and D25. They are located between Borger and Drouwen, number 3 on the map. The route to these hunebeds is indicated from the Hunebed Centre with signs saying "Bijvoetpad". The Bijvoetpad is a 14 km long hike indicated on the map. You can shorten the hike by going to the right at these hunebeds. Or just walk back to the Hunebed Centre.

    Hunebed D19 and D20 are located west from Drouwen, between Drouwen and the road N34. The Bijvoetpad does not take you exactly to them, but you can make a little detour if you want. They are a few hundred meters west from Hotel Drouwen, Gasselterstraat 1, Drouwen.

    Two other hunebeds, D28 and D29, are just east from Borger, close to the recreational lake "Hunzedal".

    You can find a map with more hunebeds in the surroundings if you follow the link below, click on the numbers on the map for more information. There is also a list with their coordinates on that site, and even a file with coordinates that can be uploaded to your TomTom navigation system.

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    Hunebed / Dolmen Centre

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    This museum is built next to hunebed D27, the largest hunebed (dolmen) of the Netherlands.

    Hunebeds are tombs consisting of enormous stones that were brought to the Netherlands from Scandinavia during the Ice Age. They were built around 3500 BC!

    The museum tells the story of these mysterious megalithic graves and the people of the Funnelbeaker culture who built them.

    There is also a reconstruction of a hunebed inside the museum.

    Hunebed Centre Reconstruction of a hunebed Reconstruction of a farm house Reconstruction of a graanspieker The largest hunebed of the Netherlands

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    D27, the largest hunebed of the Netherlands

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    A hunebed, or dolmen, is an old tomb built by people of the Funnelbeaker culture.

    D27 is the largest hunebed in the Netherlands, and the Hunebed Centre was built next to it.

    The huge stones were brought to the Netherlands during an Ice Age. When the ice melted, the stones remained.

    Hunebeds were built around 3500 BC, so they are over 5000 years old!

    They used to be covered with soil, and the holes between the stones were filled up with smaller stones and soil. Nowadays, only the skeleton remains.

    There is a reconstruction of a complete hunebed in the Hunebed Centre.

    Visiting D27 is free, but you have to pay to enter the museum.

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    Emmen Zoo

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 6, 2009

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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.

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    Big Boulder

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 6, 2009

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    This boulder of 23,000 kg was found in 1959 west of Borger.

    It was brought there 150,000 years ago during the second-last Ice Age, from the Aland Islands near Finland.

    The stone is made of rapakivi, which is Finnish for "crumbly rock".

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    Tower and Church of Borger

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    This tower dates back to the 14th century and is 27.5 meters high.

    The foundations of the tower of this church are heavy boulders.

    The church was rebuilt in 1826 and is connected with the main building of the city hall by an underground tunnel.

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    The Weightlifter

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    This is not a hunebed, but a statue made by Ton Kalle in 1992.

    It is located close to the hunebeds D21-D25 near Bronneger.

    The three stones weigh 12,000 kg together.

    It is part of 7 statues made out of stone, along the bicycle route "Flintenroute" (40 km)

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    Hunebed D25

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    About 20 minutes walking from the Hunebed Centre, there is a cluster of 5 hunebeds, D21-D25.

    They are located between Borger and Drouwen. The route to these hunebeds is indicated from the Hunebed Centre with signs saying "Bijvoetpad" (about 20 minutes walking).

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    See how large it is

    by ATLC Written Oct 11, 2004

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    The dolmens consist of stones weighing some 20 tonnes. The stones come from Scandinavia during the ice age and the graves are even older than the pyramids or Stonehenge. Some 500 years.
    Do read the info at the link below.

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    Near Borger: Hunebed D8 (Anloo)

    by Pijlmans Updated Apr 9, 2012

    Hunebed D8 is located in the forest near Anloo.

    Hunebeds D7 and D9 are in the neighborhood, but I haven't visited them yet (2012).

    Nearby there are some burial mounds.

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    Hunebed D29

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    Hunebeds D28 and D29 are located east of Borger and east of the recreational area Hunzedal.

    Note the huge heart-shaped boulder!

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    Hunebed D28

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    Hunebeds D28 and D29 are located east of Borger and east of the recreational area Hunzedal.

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    Tree

    by Pijlmans Written Jun 6, 2009

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    This lime tree (etagelinde, rondkopboom) was planted in the second half of the 19th century, at the birth of princess Wilhelmina in 1880.

    Also called Wilhelmina tree.

    Wilhelmina tree

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    Visitors centre

    by ATLC Updated Jul 2, 2007

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    Next to the dolmen is a visitor's centre and tearoom. The activities focus a lot on children who can do drawings, questionnaires and such to learn about old stones and prehistoric times.

    BORGER VISITOR'S CENTRE
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