The Kop van Drenthe, a great deal of difference
In the northern city triangle, between Groningen, Assen, and Drachten, you can find one of the most amazing stream valley landscapes of the Netherlands. Numerous rivulets transport the clear water from higher-altitude sources to the large brooks that flow into the Wadden Sea. From the last Ice Age, water has formed the stream valleys and the adjacent landscape. This has led to a great diversity: here, you will find high-altitude sandy soils and peat bogs in the south, ancient forests along the banks of the brooks, beautiful ‘esdorpen' (village greens), and vast meadows.
Peacefully enjoy the beautiful nature reserves, such as the Onlanden, where open water alternates with swamp areas and grasslands. Chances are that you will find a spotted crake or a White Egret here. Or wander through the raised bog of Fochteloo, which is close to the dolmens typical of Drenthe. You will find more vibrancy around the Leekster- and Paterswoldsemeer - among other places - where people have fun on and around the water. The dense forests with their many cycle, hiking, and bridle paths are an invitation to make a delightful trip and do sporting activities. But here, too, a chance encounter with an animal is not rare: keep your eyes open to spot deer, birds, and hares.
And what about the cities? These are visible on the distant horizon, far enough to be able to fully enjoy tranquillity and space, yet easily accessible.