Welcome to Drenthe

Fascinating history and the splendour of the great outdoors await you in Drenthe.

Drenthe is a dynamic province that is ripe for investment with ample space for creative entrepreneurship. Modern work opportunities are expanding with smart factories, the Health Hub (a cluster of medical technology companies), and Drenthe is a European Model region for Green Chemistry and Bio-based Economy.

Quality of Life

Living in Drenthe means feeling like you’re on vacation every day, with wide-open spaces and stunning landscapes The people of Drenthe are straightforward, but always neighborly. Housing is more spacious and affordable in this province than in Groningen, and the whole province is very family-friendly. For businesses and entrepreneurs, it’s also good to know that Drenthe has an airport, named Groningen Airport Eelde.

Discover Drenthe by bike or on foot

Meander through a sea of purple heather and later wander through old forest growths, and end up in a cozy village square for a cup of coffee – it’s all possible in Drenthe. With its varied landscapes, from forests to heath fields, and vens to drifting sands (including three national parks and two heritage sites), it’s easy to see why Drenthe is a beloved vacation destination in the Netherlands.

Kid-friendly Drenthe

For children, Drenthe is one big playground. There’s ample outdoor activities to explore, from swimming holes, to forest canopies. The newest zoo in the Netherlands, WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo, is located in the heart of Emmen. For thrill seekers, there’s the TT Assen circuit for motor racing fans from all over the world.


Drenthe is famous for it the many ancient stone megaliths (hunnebedden) scattered throughout the province. Travel back in time in the village of Orvelte, with its monumental farmhouses with re-enactments of how people in Drenthe lived during the Middle Ages. You can visit Camp Westerbork Memorial Center, which has gone from the location of the largest transit camp for Jews during World War II to a relocation center for Mollucan veterans and is now a museum.

For more information about Drenthe, check out the Visit Drenthe website.