Hunebed D5 Zeijen
This hunebed lies opposite the nature reserve of Zeijer Strubben, 300 metres north of the road linking the villages of Zeijen and Peest, yet completely out of sight from it. Originally, hunebedden were enclosed in earthen barrows, most of which have long since been stripped away. But in the case of Hunebed D5 Zeijen, only sufficient of the barrow was excavated, following its discovery in 1833, to reveal the four capstones: consequently, the hunebed lies in a pit which conceals it from the roadside. Even from close range, only the tops of its complete set of eight sidestones and two endstones can be seen, as they are still almost completely buried under the sand.
I visited D5 by taking the No 83 bus from Assen to Groningen, and stepping out at the Oude Norgerweg halt on Hoofdstraat in the centre of the village of Zeijen. Follow Hoofdstraat north for 700 metres, when the road sweeps west in a broad curve. Continue straight ahead until the field on the right gives way to woodland. Here, a 'Hunebed' sign directs you along the road to the right (Witteveen), following the edge of the trees till you arrive at a small wooded plantation on the right: here you will find the hunebed. The walk should take 25-30 minutes.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Hunebed D1 Steenbergen
This hunebed, the northernmost in Drenthe, lies just south of the village of Roden and close to the hamlet of Steenbergen, which was named after it ('steenbergen' in Dutch means 'hill of stones').
Hunebed D1 Steenbergen is a sizeable hunebed, and particularly impressive because it has not suffered stone-robbing over the millennia like so many of the others. The full complement of 12 sidestones with six capstones in place, two endstones and a fine entrance portal are all plain to see. Standing diagonally on a low sand hill, D1 is located in an attractive, woodland tourist area about 150 metres from a car park adjacent to the main road (Hoofdweg) leading north from the hamlet of Steenbergen.
When originally surveyed by A E van Giffen in 1918, this hunebed was in ruinous condition. All the capstones had fallen from their supports and one was broken into five pieces. In a 1953 restoration project, the broken stone was repaired, partly fallen sidestones were re-erected, and all the capstones were reinstated on their supports. Several times since, the portal capstone has had to be replaced after being pushed from its supports by vandals.
In March 1997, the dolmen was severely damaged by arson, which resulted in capstone No 2 being split into a considerable number of fragments. The damage was repaired as well as possible by means of steel pins and epoxy resin, and the stone was replaced on the hunebed on July 21, 1997.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Broken Circle and Spiral Hill, earthwork
In Emmen is created 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.
The earthwork lies norht-east of Emmen and is reachable from the Emmerhoutstraat (road between Emmerschans and Weerdinge).Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Nature Reserve "Bargerveen''
Wthin the borders of the municipality of Emmen in the far south east of the Province Drenthe at the German border 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,
Kamerlingfwijk OZ 83, 7894 AJ ZwartemeerRelated to:
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Emmen is an enterprising...
Emmen is an enterprising modern municipality. A reminder of life in the huge fens of the province of Drenthe in the past is still there today in the form of a large bridge of tree trunks 3 m (10 ft) thick and a faithful reconstruction of a home in the fens in the Barger-Compascuum Open-Air Museum. In Emmen itself, particularly worth seeing is the Noorder Dierenpark zoo with its large butterfly garden. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful zoological gardens in Europe. Sure worth a visit!
Information: VVV Emmen
0031-591-613000 / 0031-591-644106
Walk or cycle!
There are many moors, heaths and sand deserts to be visited in Drenthe, some of them with sheep and sheperds.
Also, there ar some nice stately homes and castles to be seen.Related to:
- Historical Travel
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