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A province with a rich history
Drenthe is full of history, with unique and impressive stories. And we're not just talking about the dolmens you'll encounter in the ancient landscape.
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In the province of Drenthe, the evidence of prehistoric times can literally be found right at the surface. The ice ages created a unique landscape consisting of boulder clay, sand, and peat. The old inhabitants of this area left countless traces behind....Discover Prehistory
For centuries Drenthe was completely self-sufficient and self-reliant. Administrative matters too were handled within the local community, the so-called 'boermarken', a kind of farm collectives. Although the boermarken don't have power in an official...Discover Boermarke
Edge of Drenthe
The shape of Drenthe is sometimes compared to an upside-down soup plate. The centre is formed by the Drents Plateau. A plateau between ten and twenty metres above sea level with dry soil. Near the edges of the plateau, the ground is significantly lower,...Discover Edge of Drenthe
The history of Drenthe was partly written by people from outside the province. They saw the sparsely populated and remote Drenthe as a testing ground for their progressive ideas. On areas of untamed land, they pioneered with new ways to run a society...Discover New Worlds
The wild, untouched landscape of Drenthe serves as a source of inspiration for painters and scientists in the second half of the 19th century. Landscape painters and impressionists capture the ancient landscape and farm life on canvas. From Drenthe, Vincent...Discover Civilisation
The Second World War has a major impact on Drenthe. In addition to poverty, oppression, and resistance, Camp Westerbork becomes an important transit site from which Dutch Jews are transported to the concentration camps. After the war the people want to...Discover Modern Drenthe