Provincie Drenthe Things to Do

  • The main entrance of the Mariakerk.
    The main entrance of the Mariakerk.
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  • Overview at the Mariakerk.
    Overview at the Mariakerk.
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  • The beautiful interior of the Mariakerk.
    The beautiful interior of the Mariakerk.
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Provincie Drenthe Things to Do

  • Visit Hunebed D15 Loon

    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...

  • Visit Hunebed D16 Balloo

    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...

  • Noorder Dierenpark (zoo)

    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...

  • Rolde

    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....

  • Emmen

    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...

  • Vledder

    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.

  • Schiphorst

    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

    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...

  • Orvelte

    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...

  • Meppel

    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

    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

    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.

  • Eelde

    Eelde is a small place just south of the city Groningen. It is most known for the local airport. But there's also a very nice museum! Have a look at my Eelde page (link below)

  • Borger

    Borger is famous for the prehistorical dolmen. Human graves made out of enormous stones. It's really a must-see! There is a visitor's center that explains everything.

  • Assen

    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.

  • Odoorn, the most international village...

    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...

  • Dalen, the village between the two...

    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...

  • Emmen, Langgraf or Long Grave

    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...

  • Noord Sleen, one of the many lovely...

    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...

  • Assen: Kloosterstraat, one of the oldest...

    The Kloosterstraat, meaning monastery street, is just south of the place of the former monastery in Assen. This street is by its name a remembrance of the origin of Assen, being the building of the monastery of ''Maria in Campis'' in 1258.At the time the monastery still existed there were allready buildings at the southside of the Kloosterstraat,...

  • Hoogeveen in the south of the province

    Hoogeveen is situated in the south of the province of Drente. The former canals in the citycentre are disappeared and transformed in nice pedestrian areas. To remember the history of the water and canals of Hoogeveen a huge meandering water artwork, the so-called cascade, is designed in the Hoofdstraat in the shopping area. With its length of 250...

  • Nieuw Amsterdam, Van Gogh was here

    The Van Gogh house in Nieuw Amsterdam is the only house in the Netherlands where Vincent van Gogh has lived and worked, which can be visited. At the end of 1883 he lived two months in the logement of Hendrik Scholte in Nieuw-Amsterdam/Veenoord. A part of this logement is rebuilt in the authentic style of a café-restaurant anno 1880. The room where...

  • Zweeloo, where did I see this church...

    Excavations proof that the area around Zweeloo was allready inhabited thousands year BC. Jewelry found in the grave of ?the princess of Zweeloo` tells that there were allready international contacts in the 5th century AD.Zweeloo is situated in the rural area and looks also very green itself by the many huge oaks in the village. Zweeloo is a good...

  • Gees, sculpture garden de Hullu

    The sculpture garden of de Hullu is situated in a scenic rural landscape about one km outside the traditional village of Gees. This garden of 7ha has a perfect combination of nature and culture.You can walk in the garden with different species of trees and plants, pounds, a piece of forest and great views at the surrounding landscape. In this...

  • Aalden, the traditional village...

    Aalden has a very scenic part, the village Oud Aalden with lovely traditional Saxony farmhouses with thatched roofs. Nice are also the barns with the traditional plaited straw parts at the walls. Oud Aalden is a village with a brink. The so-called 'brink' was originally a place at the edge of the village where the cows and sheep gathered in the...

  • The Zoo of Emmen

    The Zoo of Emmen has a very beautifull rather natural atmosphere. There is a herd of 14 elephants of all ages, an African Savannah, a butterfly-garden, a Playa Pinguinos, a South- American bird area and much more. At many places you walk between the animals.I especially like the african savannah with rhino's, zebra's, ostriches, wildebeasts,...

  • Orvelte, a living museum village

    The small village of Orvelte is a living museum village. In the historical village people still live and work. There are museums, workshops, galleries and shops. You can see a saw mill, a blacksmith, a wooden shoe maker, an old shop from 1919, a milk factory and old Saxony farmhouses like the Bruntinger hof from 1729. You can walk for free in the...

  • When one says Drenthe, one says...

    For us Dutch this is a true statement. Dren the is famous for it's megalithic monuments, the "Hunebed"s. These 5.000 years old gravemarkers are the oldest items that give proove of human inhabitants of the Netherlands in the iron and bronze ages. Drenthe has several dozains of these stone monuments and is very proud of that fact.

  • Assen, Ontvangershuis or Tax Collector's...

    At the Brink of Assen you can find the Ontvangershuis (Tax Collectors House), now part of the Drents Museum. The Ontvangershuis is the oldest house in Assen. Only a wall survived the huge fire in 1676. This wall with Roman bricks, you can only see from the Brink side. The house is rebuilt in 1697.The best view at the building you will have from the...

  • Assen, Drents Museum

    In Assen at the central Brink in a former Government building the Drents Museum is situated.In the museum are permanent and temporary exhibitions of archaeology (artefacts of the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Roman Era, found in Drenthe), silver, textiles, art including Vincent Van Gogh.Interesting is the story about peat, the moor corpses and the girl...

  • Some 20 kilometers from Assen...

    Some 20 kilometers from Assen is Roden, a nice little village.Besides shopping around town and walking in the woods one can visit the Toys Museum.This musuem has all kinds of toys where children once played with. Inside the museum a lot of toys to look at. Children (or grown ups) can even play with some of the toys.The museum has a yard where one...

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