Emmen: get inspired!

There is plenty to do in the Emmen region. From a shopping spree or going on an adventure in the new WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen to active days of walking and cycling in one of the Netherland’s greenest regions. In Emmen you can walk through the unspoilt landscape that inspired Vincent van Gogh to dedicate his life to painting. You can cycle over the paths that Daniël Lohues sang the praises of in “Op Fietse”. Get inspired by the adventurous options!

Emmen City Centre

From the WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen, cross over the adventurous Raadhuisplein and step into a world of international brands, original boutiques and wonderful delicatessens. Whatever the weather, shopping will always be successful in Emmen with the largest covered shopping centre in North Netherlands. Every Friday morning you can get an early start at what has been chosen as the best goods market in the Netherlands. Enjoy Shopping Sunday every last Sunday of the month. Drive through the Hondsrugtunnel en route to the centre and enjoy the world’s largest piece of light art, which won a prestigious international light art award in Barcelona in 2015.


WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen

Take a world expedition in one day. In WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo Emmen you can travel the jungle, the savannah and the polar region. As a true explorer, you will discover new worlds, come face to face with wild animals and experience exciting adventures. The trek through the jungle starts in overgrown temple ruins where hundreds of butterflies fly free in the open air. Discover the Rimbula River rapids by boat and cross the river in a basket past swimming elephants. The world of the savannah is hot and dry; go on a real truck safari past the giraffes. In the polar region, you can experience the spectacular 4D ride in the Artic1. There you will meet polar bears, penguins, fur seals, and many more. A worldly adventure!


Time travel through Veenpark & Veenvaart

Start the day in the Veenpark, the largest open-air museum in the Netherlands. There you can experience life before, during and after peat harvesting. In the afternoon, rent a barge and enjoy the unique landscape from the Veenvaart. For a picnic on the centuries-old boulders, moor at the Berkenrode nature reserve, a raised bog that escaped the excavation. The journey continues to the lock, lowering you five metres on the Hondsrug. This spectacle is closely observed by curious passers-by at the nearby tea house. During your trip over the Veenvaart, visit the Van Gogh Huis in Veenoord/Nieuw-Amsterdam. The place where Vincent van Gogh stayed in 1883 when he was in Drenthe seeking inspiration for his painting.


Get inspired by the landscape, just like Vincent van Gogh 

Experience Veenland Nature Park

The Bargerveen in Veenland Nature Park is perhaps the best kept secret in the Netherlands, with its beautiful orchids, carnivorous plants, sunbathing deer and grass snakes, the calls of the golden orioles and the Eurasian hobby hunting dragonflies. You will see them all in the only untouched large-scale peat moor in the Netherlands. The Veenloopcentrum in Weiteveen is a great place to start exploring the Veenland Nature Park. An experienced guide will show you the most beautiful spots and hear impressive tales. Go by foot or by bike to discover the secrets of the floating bogs, the exceptional forests and culturally historic traces of the bog formation. The Forestry Commission’s Veenexpress makes the Bargerveen accessible for the disabled. 



With an extensive system of cycle paths covering almost 500 kilometres, you can cycle to your heart’s content. Cycle through the Veenland National Park and visit exceptional areas such as Bargerveen. The rivers Runde and Schoonebeekerdiep lead you through this amazing cultivated landscape.

Discover the beautiful greenery of Emmen. The Emmen forest range consists of Emmerdennen, the Valtherbos, the Noordbargerbos and the Oosterbos.These forests have various dolmens, cart trails and over 70 burial mounds. The Forestry Commission has set out several hiking routes that take you past the most beautiful spots in the region.

You can find more information about the recreational options in the Emmen region on www.touristemmen.nl.