Drenthe, always something to do

Drenthe, always something to do

27 December 2019 0 By beheerder

Drenthe is one of the oldest inhabited areas of the Netherlands. And even though the first official documentation was only written around 820, findings in the province indicate that people must have lived much earlier. There have been discoveries and discoveries that prove that Neanderthals must have lived 45000 years before Christ. Weapons and fist axes have been found that are dated around that time.

Drenthe is enclosed between Germany on the east side and the provinces of Overijssel, Friesland and Groningen on the Dutch side. The province capital is the city of Assen. However, this is not the city with the most inhabitants. That honor belongs to the city of Emmen. In addition, you will find very beautiful nature in Drenthe in the form of the Grote Stille Heide and the surrounding forest area.

TT of Assen

Assen is known for something completely different, namely the annual TT of Assen. The TT van Assen is a motor racing event that returns every year.

The entire circus of factories, drivers and fans then comes to Assen. The TT van Assen is one of the largest events that we have in the Netherlands, even though Formula 1 is now being added.

TT Assen
TT Assen

Hunebeds

The province of Drenthe itself is mostly an agricultural area supplemented with wooded areas. Ancient graves can be found everywhere in Drenthe. These graves are built from giant boulders that stacked on top of each other and formed a home for the deceased.

Although the name of these graves, Hunebedden, suggests that these were graves for the Huns, this appears not to be true. The oldest hunebed that has been found dates from 5800 years ago. Drenthe has a total of 52 of these Hunebeds.

Hunebed near Dolmen
Hunebed near Dolmen

Forest and heathland area

Drenthe has large moorland areas that must be maintained. Large herds of sheep are walking around for that purpose, accompanied by shepherds. The sheep ensure that the heath is preserved.

Without the sheep, the heathland could be flooded by the forest or turned into a sandy plain. The sheep herds are therefore of great importance for the heathland.

Sheep herd with shepherd
Sheep herd with shepherd

Camp Westerbork

Like the rest of the Netherlands, Drenthe was also under German rule during the 2nd World War. One of the most famous places that can be linked to this is Camp Westerbork.

Westerbork was a camp where captured Dutch Jews ended up and from where they were sent by train to the German concentration camps. Nowadays, Westerbork has become a frequently visited tourist spot.

Memorial Camp Westerbork
Memorial Camp Westerbork

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