The 10 Best Things to Do in Drenthe Province, The Netherlands

August 9, 2017 Major Galusha

Discover the best top things to do in Drenthe Province, The Netherlands including Drents Museum, Gevangenisemuseum (The Prison Museum), Kamp Westerbork, Brewery Maallust, Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen, Veenpark, TT Races, Hunebed Centrum, Drouwenerzand Attractiepark, Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld.
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1. Drents Museum

Brink 1, 9401 HS, Assen, The Netherlands +31 592 377 773
Excellent
45%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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4.5 based on 409 reviews

Drents Museum

Reviewed By Haje1946_11 - Purmerend

We visit interesting Exhibitions wherever they are, this time it was the one about the great unknown Liao Dynasty (10th - 12th century), an empire founded by nomadic Khitan people from what now is Mongolia-Siberia, stretching from the Sea of Japan to Europe. They showed very well done replicas of graves of the noble Han people of that time, and many precious grave gifts for the Khitan noble persons, giving us quite a different view from the then Chinese views that the Khitans were just uncivilised Barbarians.
Many years ago they had a very nice exhibition on the archeological finds of the big complex near the grave of the first Chinese Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi.
Very unexpected quality Exhibitions for such a provincial museum! Still, I'd only visit if there was such a special exhibition.

2. Gevangenisemuseum (The Prison Museum)

Oude Gracht 1, 9341 AA Veenhuizen, The Netherlands +31 592 388 264
Excellent
42%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4.5 based on 205 reviews

Gevangenisemuseum (The Prison Museum)

Reviewed By Klaas S - Renkum, the Netherlands

I visited this place, because of a theaterperformance of: "Het pauperparadijs", based on a book, which describes the history of this place, located in the middle of nowhere, where in former days the most poor people from the city of Amsterdam were set to work, reclaiming arable land. It is a bit a forgotten place, with a forgotten history, but to understand better, what happenend in the first half of the nineteenth century, this museum helps a lot to wake up this sad story. Recommended when you are around.

3. Kamp Westerbork

Oosthalen 8 | 9414 TG Hooghalen, 9414 TG Hooghalen, The Netherlands +31 593 592 600
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 368 reviews

Kamp Westerbork

Reviewed By Andrew G - Brisbane, Australia

A somber experience. The museum and historic site are excellent and it's obvious a lot of work has gone into both. You can walk to the historic site for free - the ticket is only for the museum and bus. But it is worthwhile to go into the museum. The only disappointment is that if this were to be an international site of significance there should be some better foreign language translations because few people in the world speak Dutch . There is a folder with information in foreign languages but it is almost impossible to follow compared with the museum. Still, the pictures tell thousands of words and the horror/sadness still is so evident.

4. Brewery Maallust

Hoofdweg 140, 9341 BL Veenhuizen, The Netherlands +31 592 388 971
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 70 reviews

Brewery Maallust

Reviewed By _Matea_2411 - Groningen, The Netherlands

You can try different sorts of cheese - beer cheese, goat cheese, etc. Its very hard to guess which one you will like the most and they have really good price. After trying and buying some tasty cheese we enjoyed our time drinking different beers, worth place to stop by if you are in neighbourhood.

5. Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen

Raadhuisplein 99, 7811 AP Emmen, The Netherlands +31 591 850 855
Excellent
29%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 1 reviews

Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen

Reviewed By GerardDeVries

This not you regular zoo. If you want to see loads of animals in a short time: don't go here. It is however a themepark with animals. A fair amount of animals you can see in a natural habitat (as far as that is possible when living in captivity). The shows are a bit simple, but the kids (below 16) will love it. One day visit is more than enough and you will have seen everything there is to see. Expect some queues at the large attractions, just like in a 'real' themepark.

Berkenrode 4, 7884 TR Barger-Compascuum, The Netherlands +31 591 324 444
Excellent
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Good
55%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 100 reviews

Veenpark

Reviewed By Janine B - Northampton, England, United Kingdom

This is a great little place with loads to see and explore. We particularly liked the houses packed with items of Dutch life over the years. The baker's shop is definitely worth a visit to taste the freshly backed apple turnovers or raspberry tarts. There is industrial heritage, a windmill, harmonium museum (huge), stationery steam engines, a railway to ride on, boats to boat in and pancakes to sample.

7. TT Races

De Haar Circuit, 9405 TE, Assen, The Netherlands +31 592 380 367
Excellent
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5 based on 43 reviews

TT Races

Reviewed By familyoffduty - The Netherlands

Was there last year for the TT and before that for the last time in 1988 when the Dutch beat Germany in European cup. Big party back then. Will be going there tomorrow on the Ducati for WK superbikes. Lots of bikers turning up in town now. Free ticket from one of my neighbours (ambulance man). Gamma day is also worth a visit and all free entry. Last year Max was here in his Toro Rosso

8. Hunebed Centrum

Bronnegerstraat 12, 9531 TG Borger, The Netherlands +31 599 236 374
Excellent
26%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 213 reviews

Hunebed Centrum

The Hunebed Centrum in the village of Borger on the Drenthe Hondsrug takes you on a journey into prehistory. Back to the time when the first farmers settled in Drenthe… the farmers who built the impressive stone burial monuments known as Hunebeds. The remains of these monuments can still be seen in the Drenthe landscape. There are 54 of them and the largest, D27, stands next to the Hunebed Centrum.Our museum tells the story of these mysterious megalithic tombs and the people who built them. It provides answers to questions such as: who built them and how? And above all, why were they built? For some questions there are no definite answers but we shall try to raise the veil surrounding some of the mysteries.But that’s not all!The Hunebed Centrum regularly organises special activities such as exclusive Exhibitions, markets, walks and so on. We look forward to welcoming you to the Hunebed Centrum.

Reviewed By MichaelinZwolle - Zwolle, The Netherlands

The Hunebedden are an excellent example of pre-historic human architecture and society. This place, build around the largest of the Hunebedden is an excellent example of the touristy, money-grabbing modern society. First, the Hunebed (D27) is the largest of them all, at about 22 meters. It's beautiful and perfectly balanced. However, the center allows people to climb all over it. Children were standing on the capstones and jumping to try to loosen them (luckily, the architecture is so good that nothing has happened in all these years). The center offers a short movie about the hunebedden and some theories about their use and why they were built, it mainly concentrates on the ice age and how the boulders came to be in the Netherlands. It's not really scientific, and has a lot of conjecture and guessing.
I chose to forego the outdoor exhibits because they looked like more of the same claptrap designed to appeal to children and not really explaining much about the people who built the hunebedden or their lifestyle. The giftshop and the cafe were well overpriced, and the food was not very good.
If you want to see the hunbedden, I suggest going to see some of the others that are scattered across Drenthe. This place was overcrowded and disappointing.

9. Drouwenerzand Attractiepark

Gasselterstraat 7, 9533 PC Drouwen, The Netherlands +31 599 564 360
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 98 reviews

Drouwenerzand Attractiepark

Reviewed By familyoffduty - The Netherlands

Great attraction park - very reasonably priced (about 12,50 pp I think) which includes food and drink inside (usual Dutch stuff - chips, croquette, frincandel, coffee, juice etc). Means of course that people go there for breakfast lunch and dinner.
The rides are good - variety for all ages so good for a day out for all ages. My kids loved it .

10. Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld

Benderse 22, 7963 RA Ruinen, The Netherlands +31 522 472 951
Excellent
49%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld

Reviewed By Solodam J - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This place offers you information about all what you can find in the nature in that area, animals, insects, water creature, birds etc. The shops sells books, souvenirs and things that are made from and for the nature such as bird house, insect hotel and also cosmetic ( nature product) etc. You can also take a walk around this centre. You can also have a cup of coffee or tea. I like the sign of the rest room, it's sooo...... naturally.

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