Hoogeveen Things to Do

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    View over the area from the "Bult".
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    Hiking path to get on the "Bult"
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    Steenberger Park – Park Opera Hoogeveen.

    by Jerelis Written May 29, 2013
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    While planting and land form in much of the park appear natural, it is in fact almost entirely landscaped. The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds that have been created artificially. The Steenberger Park is definitely not Hoogeveen’s most visited landmarks and that truly is such a shame. I love and have always loved Steenberger Park, it is a little oasis in the middle of the daily madness, it is full of history, stunning plants and quacking ducks, on a fine day (few and far between!) thronged with some tourists but mostly office workers. So I can honestly state that it is a real melting pot in the middle of our beautiful city.

    Lately the government has also discovered its beauty and has financed the so called Park Opera Hoogeveen, which is a great concert given right in the middle of the park, close to the “Bult”. It is a great joy to visit this annually concert. But anyway if you want to get away from the urban jungle this is the place it is very well kept and nice walking trails, with quite an array of flower beds throughout the park. Penty of benches just to sit and watch.

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    Steenberger Park – The so called “Bult”.

    by Jerelis Written May 29, 2013
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    The Steenberger Park is park is a huge area of open space and is provided for recreational use. It is completely owned and maintained by the local government. Maybe you need some fantasy, but this park resembles a savannah or even open woodlands, both the types of landscape that people find most relaxing. The grass is typically kept short to discourage insect pests and to allow for the enjoyment of picnics and sporting activities. There are a lot of trees and they are chosen for their beauty and to provide shade on a beautiful sunny day.

    One of the most typical spots to visit is the so called Bult (small hill). This small hill is located right at the center of the park and is a true landmark for this location. During a beautiful day it is great to hike your way up so you will have some amazing views over the area. During the winter time it is just a great spot to go up and enjoy the ski or sled ride down.

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    Steenberger Park – Beautiful park indeed.

    by Jerelis Written May 29, 2013
    At the beginning of the park, the Kerkboerderij.
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    At some point of being a VT member it amazed me that I never took time to write a tip about this beautiful park called the Steenberger Park in my hometown Hoogeveen. Whenever I walk down the beautiful lanes I always say to myself “I must write tip about this park.” And finally today (as you can read) I took time to actually do it!

    Around the world the first parks were deer parks, land set aside for hunting by royalty and the aristocracy in medieval times. They had walls or thick hedges around them to keep game in and people out. As cities became crowded, the private hunting grounds became places for the public. With the Industrial revolution parks took on a new meaning as areas set aside to preserve a sense of nature in the cities and towns. Sporting activity came to be a major use for these urban parks. Hoogeveen kept on growing, but the Steenberger Park remained and that for sure is very gooed thing. You will find the Steenberger Parka at the North West tip of the city and is actually located between the Kerkboerderij and the shopping mall called De Weide. Another nice fact is that the Steenberger Park is located along the old and historical Hoogeveensche Vaart (Canal of Hoogeveen).

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    Pulledag

    by pieter_jan_v Written Aug 16, 2012
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    During the Summer on the Thursdays of the month of August in the center the so-called "Puledag" is held. It's a combination of fleamarket, street market and supporting activities, some aimed to entertain chidren.

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    Corn mill De Zwaluw - What it means to Sam?

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Beautiful surrounding near the mill.

    Once you're on the scaffolding you're more than 10 meters high. We learned that whenever the 4 sails make one revolution, the stones that crush the corn make six revolutions. The stones are 1500 kg and have a diameter of 1,40 meter. These days the sacks of corn are delivered by a bus and they are transported all the way to the upper garret by a rope.

    The mill has a beautiful store inside and you're able to buy a large variety of products made by the mill. We learned about this because our little son Sam. He's allergic to gluten and therefore is not allowed to eat oridnary bread for example. We buy special wheat at the mill and bake our own bread of it, which Sam can eat.

    Opening hours:
    Thursday: 09:00u - 12:00u
    Friday: 13:00u - 17:30u
    Saturday: 09:00u - 12:00u

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    Het Kruis - Huis met de Duivengaten

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Huis met de Duivengaten

    The history of the city of Hoogeveen starts in 1535. In that particular year Reinold van Burmania and his wife bought the so called Meppense Venen. In 1625 Roelof van Echten switch an area as large as 2000 morgen (a "morgen" is an old measurement system and is almost as large as 1 hectare) for building some infrastructure in the area. In 1631 the actual history of the peating (veen) started and the co-operation Compagnie der 5000 morgen was established.

    The digging off the peat was done by making a channel or waterway, the current Hoogeveensche Vaart. The first channels were made at the area called "Het Kruis". Het Kruis means crossing and tells us that 2 channels crossed each other right there. Therefore it's the oldest area in Hoogeveen and the oldest houses are built here, like the house called "Het huis met de Duivengaten". Right now it's a restaurant.

    This oldest premises of Hoogeveen is more than 300 years old. In 1972 the entire building has been renovated and has been restored to its original conditions as much as possible, inclusive the 9 pigeon holes at the front side of the facade.

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    Cornmill De Zwaluw - Very interesting history.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The mill

    Ever since 1835 the mill has had several different owners, the millers. The most interesting part probably was when Cornelis Thomas was the miller. This started in 1907 and by that time the city of Hoogeveen had a lot of canals and ditches. The transportation of the corn was done by boots over the water. It's maybe hard to imagine whenever you look at the mill, but the boots sialed underneath the mill. Inside the mill (so called Molengat) the sacks of corn were lifted upwards into the mill.

    There used to be 7 corn mills in Hoogeveen, but because of the industrial progress the Zwaluw is the only one left. After a radical restoration the mill was re-opened at 05/08/1980. Ever since 1987 milles Hans Valkenhoff is the owner.

    Opening hours:
    Thursday: 09:00u - 12:00u
    Friday: 13:00u - 17:30u
    Saturday: 09:00u - 12:00u

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    Corn mill De Zwaluw - A so called Stellingmolen.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Corn mill De Zwaluw.
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    According to old documents there should have been a mill at this particular spot ever since 1715. The weird thing is that on the west side of the current mill a stone is placed with the year 1787 in it. So therefore we can day for sure that this corn mill (a so called 8-K stellingmolen) was built in 1787 by Roelof Steenbergen Jr. Because of a huge fire, which started in the chimney of the house of the miller, it was rebuilt in 1834.

    It's a so called Stelling molen. The dutch word "stelling" is translated into English "scaffolding". It is quite common to find a stelling-mill in villages and cities, because the mill has to extend over the roofs of the surrounding houses to catch enough wind. The height of the mill with its sails is about 35 meters. It has 4 garrets, each used for a different purpose.

    De Zwaluw is one of the few corn mills still producing flour for the local bakers. Traditional miller Hans Valkenhoff still uses the same methods as his predecessors in the last century. You are welcome to pay a visit when the vanes are turning or the blue pennant is flying.

    Opening hours:
    Thursday: 09:00u - 12:00u
    Friday: 13:00u - 17:30u
    Saturday: 09:00u - 12:00u

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    Town History

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 11, 2010
    Hoogeveen Museum 5000 Morgen

    Visit the museum "5000 Morgen" (former "Oudheidkamer"). It's housed in "Huize Venedal", that once housed the local library.

    The museum displays the history of the town of Hoogeveen.

    Visiting hours:
    Tu-Su: 1PM - 5PM.

    Admittance: Euro 2.00 (adult).

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    Het Kruis - Schippershuus

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 7, 2009

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    The village of Hoogeveen was established in 1636 by Pieter Joostens Warmont and Johan van der Meer. The workers decided that they had to be able to live right at the place they worked and made the current houses at Het Kruis. It is very interesting to see how the canals were made. The canals were dug precisely 160 metres apart and in an east-west direction. The reason for this was that a distance of 80 metres (half of 160 metres) was the maximum distance that a labourer could walk with a full wheelbarrow of peat and still work efficiently. If they had to walk further then 80 metres it became economically wise to dig a new canal.

    In the beginning this new establishment had different names like Hoog Echten, Nieuw Echten and Echten's Hoogeveen. But the locals called it Hoogeveen and later this name became the official name. An amazing fact is that the deal of the ground was arranged very carelessly and in the official documents show that it has been officially documented in early 1664. Het Olde Schippershuus is one of the oldest buildings at Het Kruis. A beautiful building and definately worth a visit. It houses a nice pub right now.

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    Het Kruis - The oldest house of Hoogeveen!

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 7, 2009

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    In the middle the oldest house of Hoogeveen.
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    The two most important canals in the area crossed each other where the streets Schutstraat, Alterveerstraat, Hoofdstraat and 't Haagje meet. That was also the area where the first settlers lived, now it is the citty centre part of Hoogeveen. Up until today people called this area "Het Kruis". Here you can find Hoogeveen's oldest houses, like I said above: one of them is a house with pigeon holes. It is now used as a restaurant called "Het huis met de duivengaten" ("The House with the pigeon holes"). But another well known building is the old pharmacy, which is trully considered to be the oldest house of Hoogeveen and built in 1632. At the facade you can read the line "So Godt voor ons is Wie sal tegen ons syn", which means something like "If God is our, who will be against us".

    It wasn't until after WWII that the canals around "Het Kruis" were filled up. I can trully say that this decision is a shame, because it hardly took out the hsitorical meaning of the entire area. A few of the bridges over this canal were preserved. They can be found in the Sterrenpark and the Steenbergerpark.

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    De Dolfijn - Enjoy the wet side of life.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 7, 2009

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    At the outside facilities.

    Those who enjoy the wet side of life can have fun in the Dolfijn. Hoogeveen'sindoor heated leisure pools with its waterslide. To ensure that the toddlers are not forgotten, they have their own paddling pool with the Nellie the Elephant slide. So the Dolfijn in Hoogeveen is well worth a visit in the summer season but also at other times of the year. Its relaxed ambiance is complemented by a feeling of well being, talent, fashion and elegance and a very warm welcome is given to families.

    Open all year you can enjoy its classy decoration, teck furniture, sandy coloured sun umbrellas and cushions and the mosaic decorated bar that combines beautifully with the natural colours of surroundings. It also goes out of its way to help parents relax and children have fun by providing toys in the pool. Older children and adults will also enjoy the outdoor sports organised during the summer season at the playing field. Finally a few life guards are present to make sure that the little ones do not get into danger in the water. All of the splashing about is bound to work up your appetite and the restaurant menu will make your taste buds water with the thought of its solid cuisine.

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    De Dolfijn - Teaching your kids to swim.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 7, 2009

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    The entrance of De Dolfijn.

    Whatever the weather, you can always swim in Hoogeveen. The indoor pool De Dolfijn is open throughout the whole year. De Dolfijn has two 25 metre pools and an instruction pool. The water temperature varies between 27 and 31 degrees. Besides having qulity time with your kids, it's always important to teach your children to swim! And if you're planning to take a resort or beach vacation this summer where a pool or ocean might be a part of the equation, teaching your kids to swim is serious business. Teaching a child to swim is imperative. The earlier the better, as some swimming lessons can be learned intuitively through parent-infant classes at the earliest of ages.

    Have fun and keep fit at the Dolfijn. Enjoy the wave machine, water slides, flumes, bubble pools, toddlers creek, spas, jacuzzi and aqua aerobics classes. The two modern swimming pools are designed so that you can just walk in. The water gradually gets deeper so that if you can't swim or have toddlers you can stay in the shallows. Many fun pools are designed with water side cafe's so that you can make it a day trip.

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    De Dolfijn - Benefits of swimming.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 7, 2009

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    Sam and grandma in the pool.

    And you know what ... swimming with the kids isn't just great fun, but swimming also works your whole body, improving cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, endurance, posture, and flexibility all at the same time. Your cardiovascular system in particular benefits because swimming improves your body’s use of oxygen without overworking your heart.

    Just by playing around with your kids at the swimming pool makes you become fitter and in due time you are able to swim longer. Your resting heart rate and respiratory rate will be reduced, making blood flow to the heart and lungs more efficient. If you’re looking to lose weight, swimming is just the ticket. On average, a swimmer can burn as many calories in an hour as a runner who runs six miles in one hour. So ... if this isn't enough reason for you to take a dive with your kids? Bu anyhow, just on the serious tip: being active with your kids is great and rewarding. Whenever I let my two little sweatheards decide what to to on a raining Sunday, the answer always is SWIMMING!

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    Hoogeveen

    by robertgaz Updated Oct 8, 2007

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    Main mall

    There's not a great deal of sightseeing to do in Hoogeveen but you can wander around the cenral mall to do a bit of shopping or maybe stop at a quiet cafe for a bite to eat with a cold Dutch beer.

    There is a corn mill near the main mall which apparently still produces flour for the local bakers.

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