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  • The main entrance of the Mariakerk.
    The main entrance of the Mariakerk.
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    Overview at the Mariakerk.
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    Visit Hunebed D15 Loon

    by LesHamilton Updated Mar 26, 2014

    One of the smaller hunebedden, D15 Loon, with its ten sidestones and five capstones (four intact but the middle one reduced to a broken fragment lying in the crypt), ranks as one of the most complete passage graves in the Netherlands. It also retains 18 of an original total of 23 kerbstones, and is in fact the shortest hunebed known to have been surrounded by a kerb. These days, only 14 of the hunebedden retain one or more kerbstones. This hunebed also possesses a well defined entrance passage with two pairs of sidestones and a capstone.

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    Visit Hunebed D16 Balloo

    by LesHamilton Updated Mar 25, 2014

    Hunebed D16 Balloo is fairly complete, with nine capstones resting on 19 sidestones. There is also a complete entrance portal comprising two sidestones and a capstone, as well as a few of the original kerbstones. When Albert van Giffen made his inventory of D16 in 1918, the dolmen was in very poor condition, all nine of the capstones having slid down into the grave.

    In the 1978 restoration, these were all put back in place but, over the years that followed, first one, then a second fell off again. At the beginning of December 1999, both these capstones were reinstated and secured with steel pins. In late June 2000, another capstone was dislodged from its supporting sidestones, apparently, deliberately by force, and all three of these stones now have large splinters broken from them. The damage was made good later that year.

    From Weg naar Balloo, follow Tumuliboslaan northwards through an avenue of trees for 200 metres and branch left on to a sandy track called Weg voor de Strengen. After 150 metres take the path to the right through Kampsheide, staying on the same track for just over half a kilometre, where you will find the hunebed among scattered trees at the edge of the field to your right (Total walking distance is 1.5 kilometres. Takes 25 minutes).

    An interesting feature of D16 Balloo is that capstone No 6 has a set of six cupmarks on its upper surface. D16 is the only Dutch hunebed on which such cupmarks are found.

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    Noorder Dierenpark (zoo)

    by aukjejetty Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Rolde

    by ATLC Written Aug 10, 2010

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    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.

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    Emmen

    by ATLC Written Jul 29, 2008

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    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

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    Vledder

    by ATLC Written Jul 29, 2008

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    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.

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    Schiphorst

    by ATLC Written Jul 29, 2008

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    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 !

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    Ruinerwold

    by ATLC Written Jul 29, 2008

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    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...

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    Orvelte

    by ATLC Written Jul 29, 2008

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    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...

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    Meppel

    by ATLC Written Jul 29, 2008

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    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.

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    Kolderveen

    by ATLC Written Jul 29, 2008

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    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.

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    Frederiksoord

    by ATLC Written Jul 29, 2008

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    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.

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    Assen

    by ATLC Written Jul 29, 2008

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    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.

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    Odoorn, the most international village of Drenthe

    by sachara Updated Jan 15, 2006

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    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.

    Entrance fee:
    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.

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    Dalen, the village between the two windmills

    by sachara Written Jan 13, 2006

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    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.

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