Sights in Drenthe

Drenthe is a province located in the Netherlands in the northeast. Drenthe borders the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Overijssel. Drenthe also borders the German border. Drenthe has several attractions, such as the many dolmens that can be found there, Westerbork camp and the Drents Museum.


Drenthe is a province in the northeast of the Netherlands. The capital of Drenthe is Assen, although Assen is the capital, the municipality of Emmen has the most inhabitants. Drenthe has more than 480,000 inhabitants and consists of 12 municipalities. The Drenthe province is known for its many memories from history.



Dolmens are large boulders on top of each other. Dolmens are prehistoric burial vaults. When people died in prehistoric times, they were buried in a dolmen. The deceased were given pots, jewelry and food. At that time people believed in life after death. There are no fewer than 52 dolmens in Drenthe. The largest dolmen can be found in Borger, which is located near the dolmen center.

Drenthe Museum

The Drenthe Museum is located in Assen. The museum has a large collection about the prehistory of Drenthe. There are bog bodies on display, such as the girl from Yde and the couple from Weerdinge. In addition, there are materials from the Funnel Beaker people, who lived in Drenthe in prehistoric times. There are permanent exhibitions, but also temporary exhibitions.

Camp Westerbork

Although the camp in Westerbork has had several functions, such as a refugee camp and a military camp, Westerbork camp is mainly known as a transit camp for Jews during the Second World War. During the Second World War, 92 trains departed from Westerbork camp. Thousands of Jews were transported. Only 5,000 Jews, 31 Sinti and Roma who were deported survived the Second World War. On April 12, 1945, the people in Westerbork camp were liberated by the Canadians. Since 1983, Westerbork camp has become a memory camp.
102,000 stones have been placed in Westerbork camp. These stones represent all 102,000 people who were deported from the camp and who did not survive. The stones with a stainless steel Star of David commemorate the Jews who were murdered. 213 stones have a flame, these refer to the slain Sinti and Roma. The difference in height between the many stones makes the size of the number of 102,000 visible.

TT circuit Assen

There has been a circuit in Assen since 1955. The TT circuit in Assen is used for, among other things, the Assen TT, the World Superbike Championship and the British Superbike Championship. The current circuit is 4545 meters long and 10 meters wide. The longest right-hand section is 970 meters long.

Emmen Zoo

The zoo was founded in 1935 by Willem Oosting. Willem Oosting was the owner and director of the zoo at that time. During the Second World War, Willem Oosting offered the zoo as a shelter for the many people in hiding. In the late 1960s, income fell, fewer people came to the zoo and director Willem Oosting resigned. His daughter succeeded him. At that time, the zoo became half-owned by the municipality of Emmen. There are many animals to admire in the zoo. Giraffes, elephants, lions, sharks and many more animals.


The Zuidlaardermarkt is an annual tradition. It is the largest and oldest horse and goods market in Western Europe. The market is visited by many people. Not only people from the Netherlands, but also from other countries in Europe. The market is approximately four kilometers long and more than 1,200 horses are traded annually.

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