Emmen Things to Do

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    Langgraf Schimmeres

    by sachara Written Dec 18, 2003

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    Emmen, langgraf

    The langgraf or ''long grave'' at the Schimmeres in Emmen is a very special hunebed. Two small burial chambers are embedded in an almost complete, partially restored ring of kerbstones of 40 M long.
    The north chamber has 3 capstones, 6 side- and 2 endstones.
    You can park your car nearby, but it is also a nice 10 minutes walk from the centre of Emmen. It's a peaceful place with huge oaks and a nice view at the open landscape.
    So have a sit on the bench to enjoy the view and the horses around.

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    Langgraf or Long Grave, Schimmeres

    by sachara Updated Dec 18, 2003

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    langgraf in Emmen

    Drenthe is the province of hundebeds. You can find here 52 of the 54 hunebeds in the Netherlands.
    A hunebed is a megalithic skeleton of a burial chambers of 5.500 years old, made of huge boulders of around 25.000 Kg and in the past covered with earth.
    These boulders came to Drenthe from Scandinavia, transported by the ice-glaciers, in the ice-period of 200.000 years ago.
    The boulders were dragged to the burial place and piled up to rectangular graves.
    In Emmen are 10 hunebeds.
    The Long Grave is one of a kind in the Netherlands and can further only be found near Oldenburg in Germany.

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    Peatpolis, art-in-nature

    by sachara Updated Dec 17, 2003

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    Art-in-nature

    In 2003 seventeen artists from France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru and USA are working with peat and other natural materials in the peatland near the Veenpark at Barger-Compascuum.
    Officially Peatpolis stopped in December 2003, but also now you can still visit the place and have a look at the objects, allthough some are demolished or removed.
    The originators of Peatpolis have new plans to make here the first ''Art in Nature Park" of the Netherlands.

    Open daily from sunrise till sunset. The walk through nature end between art is about 4 KM.
    Opposite this place you can visit also the Veenpark, an open-air museum with traditional houses and buildings of the region. www.veenpark.nl

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    Nature Reserve "Bargerveen''

    by sachara Updated Dec 6, 2003

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    Bargerveen

    Wthin the borders of the municipality of Emmen between the villages Zwartemeer and Weiteveen is a big Nature Reserve of moorland and peat swamp.
    The Bargerveen is the largest remain of the former Boertangermoeras, covering East-Drenthe, East Groningen and a part of Germany. It was originally 300.000 hectare with 160.000 hectare in the Netherlands.
    In the 19th century started the peat-digging.
    In 1968 the governement bought the first hectares. After the Purit factory stopped the peat-digging (for the production of norit) in 1995, the actual 2000 hectare Nature Reserve is completed.
    It is a nice area for walking and birdwatching.
    There are marked walking trails between the one and 7.5 KM in all the three parts of the Reserve, the Meerstalblok in the north, the Amsterdamse Veld in the middle and the Schoonebeker Veld in the south.
    For more information or excursions you can ask Staatsbosbeheer Zwartemeer (address and tel. see below)

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    Bargerveen, monument for the last block of peat.

    by sachara Written Jul 13, 2003

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    Bargerveen, sculpture of Ulrich R��ckriem

    Besides walking it's also possible to bike. There are paths for bicycles. One from the south (from the Zuidersloot in Weiteveen) to the north (the Noordersloot, south from Klazienveen- Zwartemeer).
    Halfway there is a sculpture of the german sculptor Ulrich Rückriem, not many people know. This sculpture is erected after the last block of peat was digged in this area for the factory Purit in Klazienaveen.
    The Purit factory produce norit. I always take these rather harmless norit tabs with me on all my travels for cleaning my intestines in case of starting diarrhoea.

    Of the sculptor Ulrich Rückriem I saw more sculptures at the marvellous museum of contempory art in Mönchen-Gladbach in Germany.

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    Broken Circle and Spirall Hill

    by sachara Updated Jul 8, 2003

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    Broken Circle and Spiral Hill

    In Emmen is one af the international famous land-art objects of the deceased Robert Smithson from the USA.
    In 1971 Smithson was invited to participate in the international exhibition ''Sonsbeek 71'' in Arnhem. Feeling that the dutch landscape was allready very cultivated, he asked to work at a disrupted site instead. So they found a virtually exhausted sand quarry that was destinated to be converted in a recreational area in Emmen.
    This work became his first effort to reclaim an industrially devastated landscape through art.

    The Broken Circle is intriguing for its symmetry of opposites: semi circles of water and soil, canal and jetty.
    Climbing the Spiral Hill you have a good view at the circle below.

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    De zeven marken.Open air...

    by a5floor Written Oct 17, 2002

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    De zeven marken.
    Open air museum of the local legend Ellert en Brammert.
    This is a place were you can see how we lived many many many years ago and what kind of tools they used.

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