When I was a kid we went here every year, and I saw it get more beautiful every time. This is one of the nicest zoos in the Netherlands. I like the way they make large spaces for the animals to wander around.
For kids this is really fun zoo, since there are a large number of interactive activities, I used to spent hours enjoying all the games, and knowledge sections. They have a website in dutch, english and german.
A nice village with an old church, a tourist office, nice old farms and houses and enough shops for your holiday requirements and a little window-shopping.
I enjoy having a look at the art gallery there, which has some seriously good paintings. Last time I was there I had a good look around in the church where the organ is currently being restored. There are some very old bits in that church, going back some 700 years. Behing the graveyard is a large monolithic grave, such as are abundant in the whole province.
The tourist office can be found at the address below.
I have not made an Emmen page myself but I have been so often! My aunt lived there for many years and I visited regularly since I was about 12.
I never did get round to making a proper round of photos.
Emmen is renowned for the excellent zoo which is right in the middle of the city. We always went there together, my aunt and I.
Below the link to the general VT page of Emmen
One of the funniest museums I ever saw is in the village Vledder. The museum of fake art shows an amazing array of copies of famous paintings. It's not a posh museum, a bit of a muddle, so you can spend a nice time browsing. There's also a lovely glass collection. There are more museums in Vledder and a nice road towards it.
Again a place that is just about a hamlet. With a stately home that is a very luxurious hotel and restaurant, with a stork farm just next to it. If you want and can spend the money, then enjoy the hotel as I did !
Ruinerwold is a stone's throw from Meppel. Here's an opportunity to go camping on a farm or rent a cottage. I bought some nice jams and conserves at a farm shop. Home grown and home made. Lovely! And very welcoming volunteers in the farmstead museum that is a national monument. More at the link below...
If you're near Borger, then do spend some time in the museum village Orvelte. It shows rural life in all its aspects in a very 'live' setting. I enjoyed the farm museums, the roads, the little shops, the pub and more. Definitely a must-see.
More at the link below...
A larger city in the western part of Drenthe, on the verge of the province Overijssel. In summer there are the famous Meppeler Thursdays, where you will find themed street markets, live music. There are many bars, the printing museum, nice canals and shops.
Kolderveen is hardly a village even. It's a country road (by the same name) with delightful rural views and beautiful farms. On our way, we stopped for some dairy ice cream and watch a farm roof being thatched.
Frederiksoord's main attraction is the Colony of Welfare, where poor Amsterdammers were brought in the early 1800s to try and get a better life by learning to be a farmer. The museum shows how this was done, and a tour of the buildings show how this community came to life.
Assen is the capital of the province Drenthe. With my (then) young children we had a great day at the Traffic park where my son did not want to get out of his little car, and I became addicted to go-cart racing!
The town itself has a very nice museum (currently, in 2008, hosting the famous Chinese clay figures). There's a street market on Saturdays.
Every year in the 31th week dance groups from all over the world come to the village Odoorn. During 5 days Odoorn become the most international village in Drenthe. In 2006 the 22th edition of the so-called SIVO festival will be from wednesday the 2th till sunday the 6th of august.
About 24 dancing groups participate. The about 600 guests stay with more than 100 host-families in Odoorn and surrounding area. During the 5 days Odoorn becomes a wonderful international community with a great atmosphere where different nationalities and cultures meet each other in peace and friendship. Even many international marriages have their origin in Odoorn.
About 35.000 visitors visit the festival. The groups dance on six stages in the open air between the houses in the village. Every evening there are six dance rounds. After there is gala in a huge tent and 'last rounds' in two smaller tents.
The festival is opened and closed by a swinging parade of all the participating groups. In the weekend there are also performances in the afternoon and an international folkloristic market.
afternoon or evening: 6,00 euro
day entrance at saturday: 8,00 euro
passe-partout for all the performances: 20,00 euro
Discounts for children.
Dalen is a village the southeast of Drenthe north of Coevorden. The village has about 3500 inhabitants. Though many new houses are built, there are still a lot of characteristic farmhouses left.
Dalen is known as the village between the windmills. There are two windmills, the so called 'stellingmolen' (built in a way that it still can catch wind between the buildings) of Jan Pol from 1820 and the windmill 'De Bente' from 1814. Both windmills are still ijn use and can be visited.
The church in the centre, the so-called 'Nederlands Hervormde kerk' is built in the 14th century. The clock from 1639, stolen during the WWII by the Germans, is back again in the clocktower. In the former old backery, now a café called 'in d'Aolle Bakkerij' you can still see the old backofen with accessoires from 1832.
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 chamber of 5.500 years old, which is constructed of huge boulders of around 25.000 kg. Originally the hunebed was covered with earth.
These boulders came to Drenthe from Scandinavia, transported by the ice-glaciers during 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 at the Schimmeres is unique in the Netherlands and are further only be found near Oldenburg in Germany.
Noord Sleen, just west from Emmen is one of the lovely villages in south-east Drenthe. It's nice to take the old road from Emmen and Westenesch to Noord Sleen. This road -lined with old oaks- is leading through the rural area of the Slenerstroom.
In the landscape you can see the traditional 'boomwallen'. These characteristic rows of trees marked in the former days the different pieces of land. Nowadays they are part of the cultural heritage of the province.
The village of Noord Sleen have many traditional farmhouses. Some are transformed into living houses, galleries or shops. Noord Sleen has a windmill at its southern edge on the way to Sleen.
Don't miss the two hunebeds at the west side of Noord Sleen along the road to Zweeloo and Aalden. There is a small signposted road at your righthand side, leading to the hunebeds. The most northern one is still very well preserved. Totally you can find 52 hunebeds in the province Drenthe. A hunebed is supposed to be a megalithic skeleton of a burial chamber, made of huge boulders about more than 5000 yers ago.
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