Borger Travel Guide

  • Jacobus Church
    Jacobus Church
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  • Hunebed D12
    Hunebed D12
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  • Hunebed D18
    Hunebed D18
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Borger Things to Do

  • Near Borger: Hunebed D12 (Eext)

    D12 is located in a field in Eext. It is a small hunebed.The oak next to it is more or less connected to the hunebed at its roots.Hunebed D13 is at walking distance, while D14 is a few km further away at Eexterhalte.

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  • Near Borger: Hunebed D14 (Eext)

    Hunebed D14 is a few km from Eext, near the former station Eexterhalte.It is one of the bigger hunebeds.Closer to the center of Eext you can find hunebeds D12 and D13.

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  • Near Borger: Hunebed D13 (Eext)

    Near the village Eext there are 3 hunebeds, D12, D13 and D14.D13 is special because it still (or better: again) is covered with earth. It also used to have stairs.D12 is in a field nearby at walking distance, D14 is further down the road at Eexterhalte.

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  • Near Borger: Hunebed D18 (Rolde)

    Hunebed and D18 and D17 are located just a few 100 meters from each other.They are close to the medieval Jacobus Church in Rolde and can easily be reached by car.There has been a church at this location since the 9th century!D18 is one of the most well-known hunebeds, probably because it is relatively neat. Steel pins keep the boulders at their...

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  • Near Borger: Hunebed D17 (Rolde)

    Hunebed and D17 and D18 are located just a few 100 meters from each other.They are close to the medieval Jacobus Church in Rolde and can easily be reached by car.There has been a church at this location since the 9th century!There is an oak next to D17 that has been hit by lightning and is barely alive. It is kept together with iron pins...

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  • Near Borger: Transit Camp Westerbork

    During the 2nd World War there was a transit camp for Jews located near Westerbork.About 107,000 Jews started their awful journey here by train to the extermination camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau. Only 5000 of them survived...Ironically the Dutch built this camp in 1939 to harbor German Jews who fled the Nazi regime. The Nazis unfortunately used...

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  • Near Borger: Hunebed D8 (Anloo)

    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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  • Boomkroonpad: Walk between the tree tops

    Scaffolds were built between the trees, so you can walk at the same level as the tree tops.The highest point is 22.5 meter, where you have a great view over the forest.Buy your ticket at the Visitors Center (3.50 euro for adults, 1.75 euro for kids up to 12 years).There is also a small restaurant where you can get ice creams, pancakes, coffee...

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  • Beek en Bos route, a 16.5 km hike...

    Just after the Boomkroonpad (a path between the tree tops), several marked walks start with lengths of 3-16.5 km.We did the 16.5 km walk, which took us through the beautiful forest. We even saw a snake!The route also passes the recreational lake 't Nije Hemelriek with restaurant, about two-thirds of the route. See http://www.hemelriek.nl/.See the...

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  • Visitors Center

    At the visitors center Gieten-Borger you can get information about the animals in the forest.You can buy tickets for the Boomkroonpad, a path in the tree tops, or rent a bike.They have description and maps of the walks you can do in the forest. Walks of 3 km, 4 km, 4.5 km and 16.5 km start and finish here.There is a restaurant as well, where you...

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  • Stoned Life / Versteend Leven

    This shop / museum sells a lot of minerals, stones and fossils, including some jewelry.The walking route "Bijvoetpad", starting at the Hunebed Centre in Borger, takes you along this exposition. Open April 1st - November 1st from 10.00-17.00, including Sundays and holidays. Between November 1st and March 31 only open upon appointment. Free entrance...

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  • Hunebed D29

    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

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

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  • Hunebed D24

    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).You can see hunebed D23 in the background.

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  • Hunebed D23

    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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  • Hunebed D21 and D22

    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).D21 and D22 are located slightly west from the other three hunebeds. D22 is the smallest...

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  • Hunebed D19

    Hunebed D19 and D20 are located west from Drouwen, between Drouwen and the road N34. The Bijvoetpad-route starting from the Hunebed Centre does not take you exactly to them, but you can make a little detour if you want.

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  • Hunebed D20

    Hunebed D19 and D20 are located west from Drouwen, between Drouwen and the road N34. D20 is surrounded by an extra circle of stones.The Bijvoetpad-route from the Hunebed Centre does not take you exactly to them, but you can make a little detour if you want.

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  • Bijvoetpad, a hike around Borger

    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 D19and D20 near Drouwen and hunebeds D28 and...

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  • Map of Hunebeds around Borger

    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...

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  • Hunebed / Dolmen Centre

    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...

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  • D27, the largest hunebed of the...

    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!...

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  • Emmen Zoo

    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

    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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  • Tree

    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.

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  • Tower and Church of Borger

    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

    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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Borger Restaurants

  • Food and drinks

    Bar-restaurant 't Hunebed lies in the center of Borger.When we got there, there were two big groups of guests who had just ordered, and the bartender told us we might have to wait for a long time for our food. Very honest. But we stayed and the food came quite fast anyway.The food was good, Dutch cuisine. I had a Drentse Schnitzel. Vegetarian...

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  • Good food

    We had read good reviews of this Chinese restaurant, and they were true.The Babi Pangang was excellent, and also the vegetarian Tofu with vegetables was very good.

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Borger Warnings and Dangers

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    by ATLC Written Oct 23, 2004

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    You're warned that climbing can be dangerous. Not because the stones will slide or move (if they would, climbing would prohibited) but rather because you may hurt yourself.

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    Somehow this pile of stones gives you a feeling that you are just a tiny piece of humanity in the world.

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  • Dolmen

    The largest dolmen in The Netherlands. Without people around it you can't really see how huge it is.

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