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Emmen is a city in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands. Emmen is the biggest city of Drenthe. Emmen is a prime example of a planned city, Emmen arose from several small farming and peat-harvesting communities which have dotted the province of Drenthe since the Middle Ages. Traces of these communities can still be seen in the form of the villages of Westenesch, Noordbarge and Zuidbarge: they have a separate history and layout, but are surrounded by the suburbs and the centre of Emmen. The major attraction is the zoo.

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By car[edit]

From Amsterdam, Emmen can be reached by taking the A1, the A28 and A37.

By train[edit]

From Amsterdam or Schiphol Airport, board an intercity service to Zwolle and change trains there. The journey will take about 2.5 hours.

Get around[edit]

You can rent a bicycle at the railway station. At the railway station is also the main busstation. From the busstation you can travel to the suburbs of Emmen and the surrounding villages like Klazienaveen, Coevorden, Nieuw-Amsterdam and Erica.

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  • Retropop - This festival takes place every year in june. On the main stage are (international) artists from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Artists who performed here include Golden Earring, Tom Jones, Ed Kowalczyk and Simple Minds.
  • BARREL Food Truck Fest - A yearly festival where visitors can taste different kind of food.

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  • Albert Heijn (supermarket), 165 Baander. M-Sa 8AM - 8 or 9PM.
  • Intercamp Jan van Peer (camping equipment), 25 Noorderpassage, 0591-614878 (), [1].

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  • Centre Parcs, 7 Sandurdreef 7, 31591 667 400, [12].
  • Camping Emmen, 31 Angelsloërdijk, 0591-612080, [13].
  • Hotel Ten Cate, 44 Noordbargerstraat, 0591-617600, [14]. Sophisticated hotel with (lounge) bar and restaurant. People interested in art might like the rooms decorated and furnished in 'Toyist' style. € 70.
  • Hotel-Restaurant Boerland, 57 Hoofdstraat, (), [15].
  • Hampshire – Hotel Emmen, 55 Van Schaikweg, (), [16].


  • Scheper Ziekenhuis (hospital), 60 Boermarkeweg, 0591-691911, [17].
  • Central Public Library, 101 Noorderplein, 0591-681444 (), [18]. M-Sa, hours vary.

Get out[edit]

Emmen lies on the southernmost tip of a chain hills called the Hondsrug (Dog Ridge), an area with many forests that is popular with cyclists and ramblers alike. This part of the country is also well known for its "hunebedden" (dolmens), Stone Age burial chambers. Some of these lie within the built-up area of Emmen itself.

By contrast, to the south and east of Emmen lie the completely flat lands known as the peat colonies.

To the south-west lies the picturesque medieval city of Coevorden.

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