Taste of culture

Beautiful villages and interesting museums

Explore the past and present in the Drenthe Highlands in your own way!

Museums & sights

  • Hunebedcentrum in Borger: back to prehistory. The exhibition in the Hunebedcentrum lets you experience how the hunebed-builders lived and worked thousands of years ago.
  • Openluchtmuseum Ellert en Brammert in Schoonoord: Here you can relive the past of South-East Drenthe with stories about how people lived in the area. Take a look at the plaggenhut, the Saxon farm, the tollhouse, the school and the prison. Tickets are available at a discount in the reception.
  • Gevangenismuseum in Veenhuizen: learn everything about the history of Veenhuizen in the Gevangenismuseum - which is located in one of the original buildings of the colony! - learn everything about the history of Veenhuizen.
  • Museum Belvédère in Heerenveen: the first museum for modern and contemporary art in Friesland.
  • Nationaal Vlechtmuseum in Noordwolde: Noordwolde is known as the 'plaiting village of the Netherlands', where for years baskets, chairs, cradles and other products were plaited from local willow.
  • Groninger Museum in Groningen: The museum for art, design and art history with changing collections and exhibitions.
  • Museum Opsterlân in Gorredijk: Experience the interesting past of Gorredijk and the municipality of Opsterland in Museum Opsterlân.
  • Sudergemaal in Nij Beets: the first electric pumping station in Friesland. At peak times, the authentic pumps are switched on and the pumping station still moves water with great force. The pumping station is also a gallery.
  • Memorial Centre Kamp Westerbork in Hooghalen.

Towns & villages

  • Visit the beautiful (brink) villages: Orvelte, Ruinen, Vledder, Diever, Dwingeloo, Smilde and Bakkeveen.
  • Assen: here you will find a home furnishing boulevard, about ten (covered) shopping centres that have shopping evenings and Sundays and a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Most of the shops are in Assen's historic city centre.
  • Groningen: great adventures, experience them in Groningen. With your feet in the clay of the vast polders. Sailing past seals on a bed of sand. In a sturdy, centuries-old church. Or somewhere in a side street, wandering through the city.
  • Leeuwarden: discover the capital of Friesland with a hundred names. Leeuwarden, Liwwadden, Leewadden, Ljouwert, Luwt, Lintwarde: it is the ideal starting point for an unforgettable journey through Friesland. With a town centre that is still the best-kept secret in the Netherlands, with a tower that is leaner than the building in Pisa and special people who do not take kindly to being told what to do but are always in for a chat and a beer.