Fun things to do in Provincie Drenthe

  • Drents Museum: entrance building (right hand side)
    Drents Museum: entrance building (right...
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    Borger - walk or bike along the Dutch Dolmens

    by vtveen Updated Nov 24, 2014

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    The Dutch province of Drenthe has 52 of the 54 remaining Dutch dolmens, or better megalithic tombs. These huge stone graves were built by farmers belonging to the ‘Funnel Beaker Culture’. They started building these tombs more than 5.000 year ago. They used the boulders, scattered around in this area, which were transported to Drenthe during the last ice period.

    Borger, a small village in Drenthe, is more or less the capital of the Dutch Dolmens. In and around the village are 16 of these ‘hunebedden’ (Dutch for megalithic tomb) and just outside Borger is the ‘Hunebedcentrum’ (a museum and megalithic tombs information centre). Here you may find more information about the people, who made these tombs, their way of living and much more.

    The best way to see the dolmens in the landscape is to walk or bike. In the museum or Tourist Information Centre in Borger are several brochures available with cycling and walking routes.
    We did the ‘Flintenroute’ (flint = boulder): a bike tour along the major tombs and through the typical landscape of Drenthe. That means forest, heathland, sheep and small quiet villages. The route is 35 km’s long and it will take 2 ½ hours biking.

    Renting a bike is no problem in Borger.

    Borger - Hunebedcentrum Hunebed: close to the Hunebedcentrum in Borger Hunebed: along the Flintenroute Exloo (Flintenroute): sheep going to their fold Odoorn (Flintenroute): church
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    Havelte – dolmen and chamadron

    by vtveen Written Nov 24, 2014

    Havelte is a rural village in the Dutch province of Drenthe, located in the south western part nearby the town of Meppel. It is just a couple of kilometres from the highway A 32 to Leeuwarden. Havelte is an ideal base for exploring the area on foot or by bike.

    Havelte has two ‘hunebedden’ (dolmen), which are located 3 km’s north of the village. Along the ‘Van Helomaweg’ you will find a sign to the ‘Hunebedden’ and a car park. From there just walk 250 meters and on your left hand side you will see the first dolmen: ‘Hunebed D53’. That is the second largest dolmen of the Netherlands.
    Hundred meters further lies the second dolmen (Hunebed D54), which maybe is the most beautiful located dolmen of the Netherlands. It is situated at the foot of the soft rolling hills of the Havelterberg and especially during the month of August, when the heath is blooming it is a very pleasant and beautiful place to visit.
    For more info about the Dutch dolmen: http://www.hunebedden.nl/frntpage.htm

    When visiting Havelte on a Saturday afternoon (from Whit Saturday till the last Saturday in September) you shouldn’t miss the Clemenskerk. Around 4.00 pm there is a free open air concert on a so called ‘chamadron’; an almost unique organ like instrument. More info and annual program: http://www.chamadron.nl/english.php

    Havelte: Hunebed D54 Havelte: Clemenskerk Havelte: Hunebed D53
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    Assen - Drents Museum

    by vtveen Written Nov 24, 2014

    Although Assen is dating back to the 13th century - when the monastery Mariënkamp (or Maria in Campis) was transferred to the town - it doesn’t really look like an old city. The oldest and most interesting part of the town is situated around the Brink, a village green in the centre of the town.

    The monastery doesn’t exist any longer and on their site are a couple of historical buildings (former Provincial Government Building, Drostenhuis - former home of the home Queens Commissioner, Kloosterkerk/Abdijkerk - once belonging to the monastery and the Ontvangershuis - the former Tax Collectors House).
    All these buildings now house parts of the Drents Museum.

    We visited the Drents Museum, especially for an exhibition of ‘China’s Golden Age’. The museum often has very interesting and famous temporary exhibitions like this one. In the past they had for instance exhibitions like ‘Gold from Georgia’ and ‘The Terracotta Army of Xián’. The other day I heard on TV something about an upcoming exhibition about the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’.
    If interested in one of these ‘international’ exhibitions you should take look at the museum website.

    But the museum offers a lot more, varying from (pre)historic artifacts from the province of Drenthe, including so called bog bodies and the huge tusks of a mammoth, an extensive art collection and period rooms showing how families of Drenthe lived in the past.

    Walking through the museum is walking through different architecture styles: modern in the new exhibition room and museum shop, gothic in the former Provincial Government Building with a beautiful tiled staircase and the nicely decorated Statenzaal and Ontvangershuis and Kloosterkerk dating back to the middle ages.

    When we were finished with our visit, we ended in Café Krul (inside the museum). They often adjust their menu to the temporary exhibitions; so we had a Chinese lunch.

    For current exhibitions, opening hours, entrance fee and directions see the website of the Drents Museum.

    Drents Museum: entrance building (right hand side) Drents Museum: main building Kloosterkerk, part of the museum
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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.

    Hunebed D15 Loon A panoramic view of D15 Loon Hunebed D15 Loon and its kerb viewed from above. The entrance portal at D15 Loon.
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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.

    Hunebed D16 Balloo D16 Balloo in its glade of woodland D16 Balloo An elevated view over D16
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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.

    Farmhouse at Rolde
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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.

    Fake art, Vledder Fake art, Vledder Fake art, Vledder
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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 !

    De Havixhorst, Schiphorst De Havixhorst, Schiphorst
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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...

    Orvelte Orvelte Orvelte Orvelte
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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.

    Meppel Meppel Meppel Meppel
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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.

    Area between Giethoorn and Kolderveen Kolderveen Kolderveen
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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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