"The province where I was born and live again" Top 5 Page for this destination Provincie Drenthe by sachara

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Lots of traditional villages

Drenthe is a province in the north of the Netherlands. I was born close to Assen, the capital. of Drenthe. At this moment I live in Emmen in the south east of Drenthe. Emmen, Assen are together with Hoogeveen and Meppel the bigger towns in the province with lots of facilties.

Drenthe, being the Dutch province with the lowest amount of inhabitants per square kilometer, has also a lot of heatherfields and forests. The traditional villages in the surrounding landscape of old cultivated land, the so-called 'essen' are still very authentic and scenic. Some villages like Orvelte became a living museum, others are protected as cultural heritage.


The province of the hunebeds

Historically Drenthe is very known because of the 52 'hunebeds' scattered all over the province. A hunebed is made of huge boulders and is supposed to be a megalithic burial chamber.

In november 2015 the east area of the Province Drenthe became a UNESCO Global Geopark, named the Hondsrug Global Geopark.

Official description of the Hondsrug Global Geopark
Geology: The Hondsrug area is not only a geological unique phenomenon within the Netherlands but also in a European context. The Hondsrug area is a geological complex of linear till ridges of about 60 km in length. It was formed during the Saalian glaciation about 150.000 years ago. During this Ice Age the north of the Netherlands was covered with a layer of ice of about one thousand metres thick. When, at the end of that period the ice was disappearing, a river of ice started to flow from the northwest (now the North Sea area) to the southeast over the northern part of the Netherlands all the way to the area of Munster in Germany. This ?ice river? cut deep furrows through the land. They formed the Hondsrug area and the ancient river valleys of the Hunze and the Drentsche Aa. The ridge exists of Saalian till, covered with Weichselian coversand. It is dotted with pingo remnants, dead ice depressions and erratics (with boulders coming all the way from Finland and Sweden, up to 40 tons).

Geography: The Hondsrug region is a large area covering almost the whole Eastern part of Drenthe and also a part of the province of Groningen. It stretches from the centre of the city of Groningen in the North to Emmen and Coevorden in the South. The Hondsrug Global Geopark region also encompasses an area to the southeast of Drenthe, the Hunze Valley to the east of the actual Hondsrug, and the Drentsche Aa National Park which borders Assen. The Global Geopark covers an approximate area of 1000 kmē. The region is easily accessible by road and rail.

Not only nice to live, but also for leisure

Drenthe is very popular for holidays and short breaks. There are many mini-campings and holidaycentres, but also hotels and bed & breakfast.

Drenthe has a lot interesting places. I lost a lot of pictures, but I start to take new ones. So this page and the separate pages of towns and villages in Drenthe will continue to grow in the future.
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Hello, Ali! It was interesting for me to learn about your native area! Thanks for your comprehensive tips!

    • sachara's Profile Photo
      Nov 20, 2015 at 3:02 AM

      Hi Victor, nice you wandered around in my native area. Drenthe is a great province to live. The last month I started to add more information and more separate pages of villages, step by step. This week we had great news. In Emmen I live at UNESCO soil now. The east area of Drenthe, the so called Hondsrug became an UNESCO Global Geo Park.

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      Nov 20, 2015 at 4:03 AM

      It's great to know your background and your thoughts about it, Ali!

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2010 at 3:19 AM

    There's still lots to explore for me in Drenthe!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2009 at 4:07 AM

    I enjoyed looking through your interesting & affectionate tips about your home region. I've never been to the northern end of the Netherlands, but hope to go there soon. Maybe I'll take my grandsons to Landgoed De Berenkuil when they are a bit older.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2006 at 7:05 AM

    Very charming and mysterious villages! And West Papua wardance :-) Nature,. bicycles, peace and quiet! I love the picture of "Bargerveen''!

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2006 at 2:15 PM

    This page looks very familiar, especially Zeeloo, and the hotel. I guess this should naturally become your best page on VT?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2006 at 5:54 AM

    Ali, I had never heard of the amazing 'Langgraf' before -awesome stuff. The 'Witterzomer' is very interesting - quite a place! My province is covered by peat too, but no Bog People!! Such a beautiful part of Netherlands - now I want to visit here!

  • Irinna's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2006 at 12:02 PM

    Excellent tips! And I believe it's an ideal place for a kid. Thanks you for ideas about our future travelling. Happy New Year. Irina

  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2006 at 7:23 AM

    Industrial wasteland into artistic landscaping is a great idea! We have a few ancient figures in the UK cut out on chalk hillsides like the Long Man of Wilmington`Happy New Year.Tim

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2005 at 7:55 PM

    Excellent picture of the long grave. I did not know there were hunebeds in the Netherlands !

  • salinhopt's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2005 at 10:52 AM

    Ali, you world of travels are amazing. You realy show whats inside a city and a country. Its a pleasure to see your pages. Keep the good work. Hope to see you in Madeira soon. Hugs

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