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The colourful artwork at the main picture is gone now the destination of the building will change soon.
I wonder if the artwork will show up again somewhere.


Emmen is situated in the north-east of the Netherlands near the German border. Emmen, orginally an agricultural village in the 19th century has -as a booming city- developed in the last 50 years into a modern industrial municipality with industrial and horticultural areas. In the sixties and seventies the original town is surrounded by several newtowns, very known by townplanners and architects.
In 2002 the modern shopping centre in the south of the city centre has renewed and can serve now the 250.000 customers in the region, also in a part of Germany.

Within the borders of the municipality Emmen has also a lot of open and green space. Near the German border is a great Nature Reserve of moorland and peat-swamp, named the Bargerveen.
Also the heart of the city is very green with old oaks around two monuments, a church (still in use as church, but also an exhibition- and concerthall) and a former traditional farm-house (now a restaurant, but also a gallery). The entrance of the famous Zoo of Emmen is also in the heart of the city. In summer there are also some great festivals with 30.000-50.000 visitors in the 'shared space' area of the citycentre.

North of the green heart of the city is the older part of the citycentre. Here you can find smaller and more specialized shops and boutiques. Many owners of the shops start to renovate their buildings in old style. I feel very favoured to live within a five-minutes walking distance from this part and the green heart.

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  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2010 at 7:23 AM

    Hi Ali, Story of Mohamed Alher ag Almahdi really brings home the differences between our 2 continents, I he doesn't suffer by being the one who was willing to risk all for his village, then he has to shoulder so much responsibility:*.ღ (~_~)

  • songlines's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    Ali, Mohamed en de kinderen van zijn dorp moeten geholpen worden, that goes without saying, seeing that he was robbed in the West, we have help rectify this, I'll ring you.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Hello, Ali! Your home city looks great and busy! I would visit with pleasure!

  • Pinat's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2009 at 12:46 AM

    Now I feel ashamed as I haven't heard of Emmen before. There is still so much to discover. I liked the zoo:) Pinar

  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Your city looks very interesting Ali. That shopping center would be fun to visit. There certainly seems like lots to see and do. Diane

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2009 at 4:07 AM

    Europe is even enchanting! I shall come back for more later. The zoo in Emmen seems to be the main attraction of the town. Great place you live!!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2009 at 5:12 AM

    Thank you Ali for showing us your wonderful home city with the delightful Zoo, funny festivals and interesting places of art! Few chances to see them with my own eyes, but who knows...

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    A nice introduction to your home town, and the Van Gogh House in Nieuw Amsterdam. I've never heard of norit tabs, but they sound useful for world travelers!

  • Marisola's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    What does it mean, "If you're in a hurry, take a detour?" I'm always in a hurry... What should I do?!

  • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2008 at 4:49 AM

    Very interesting zoo photos. Good trip to Madeira and hope you will see some interesting animal friends.

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