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Trip to Drenthe! Excursion to Emmendennen

Connect International Event in Drenthe

Date: Sunday 27 September 2020 at 11:00 hrs

Location: Emmen (more info after registration)

Event Registration closes at: 2020-09-25 00:00


Walking approx. time: 2 hrs.

Trip time: 3-5 hours (depending from which province you come from) / The place is reachable by train, bus and car (and bike if you live in Emmen). We will arrange a group departure for members from Groningen. 

We will explore the beautiful Drenthe area around Emmen which is rich in archeology and part of the geopark Hondsrug. One moment you are enjoying the birds and the next moment you are standing in front of two hunebeds on a heather field in the middle of the forest. Put your hand on these prehistoric tombstones and imagine yourself 5,000 years back in time. Present and past alternate during the 12 km walk.

We will walk visiting the following spots: Grote Kerk Emmen, Volk van Grada/Nabershof - the only remaining "saksische boerderij" (an old Dutch farm) in Emmen,Hunebed D41D38, D39 and D40, as well as the Valtherbos, where during the Second World War a group of 16 jews hid from the Nazis. After the Valtherbos we walk into the Emmerdennen forest area, one of the oldest forests in Drenthe. Emmerdennen is also the place where you can admire the third largest hunebed in the Netherlands. According to tradition, the dent in the capstone of this hunebed was caused by King Louis Napoleon during his visit to Drenthe in 1809, standing on top of this hunebed with his horse. On our way through the Emmerdennen we will also encounter several lakes and the Haantjeduin, a sand dune 27 meters over sea level. We will finish our tour at Emmen station.

Description of the path:



10:00 am People from Groningen take the bus to Emmen. Cost: 8,28 Euro. (More info after registration).

11:00 hrs. Encounter in Emmen for starting the walk. (Meeting point after registration).

~12:00 hrs Stop for rest and lunch in the forest (bring your own food and drinks)

~13:00 hrs Continue the walk.

14:00 hrs End of trip at Emmen station (it is up to each participant to explore Emmen or drive home). (Busses to Groningen go every 30 minutes from bus platform A (Qbuzz Qliner 300, direction Groningen).

Please take in account:

Information about using the public transport:

In order to use public transport in the Netherlands, you need an OV-chipkaart. (Click here to learn how to get an OV-chipkaart: This card can be loaded with money at ticket vending machines (Please make sure to load enough money for your trip. Also, you need to have a minimal amount of 4€ for busses and 20€ for trains loaded on your OV-chipkaart in order to be allowed to enter.). When entering AND leaving busses and trains, the card must be hold against the card reader which can be found in the bus or tram or on the platform (for more information:

You can find travel plans and ticket prices on

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing face masks in public transport vehicles is mandatory.

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