Old Aalden - hotspots

A very traditional town

If you would like to see for yourself how a typical Drenthe ‘es’ village was organized, you can take a look in the oldest part of the village of Aalden. With its narrow cobbled streets and old farmsteads it is one of the prettiest places in Drenthe.

Oaks on the brink, the village green, Oud Aalden

Symbiosis of nature and agriculture

At one end of Aalden the old agricultural fields or ‘essen’ lie on the higher ground. The former pasture land and hayfields are at the other end of the village in the stream valley of the Aalderstroom and the Westerstroom.

The farmyards are not only examples of monumental human effort, but also precious natural areas, especially rich in bird life. Note, for instance, the magnificent old apple trees and pear trees by the farmhouses. And the beautiful cottage gardens with old-fashioned flowers like peonies, hydrangeas, dahlias and sweet william.


Aalden and its sister village Zweeloo are ideal to explore the Drenthe landscape on foot. There are several walks through town and through the surrounding countryside.


Walking trail through Aalden and Zweelo, with works of art along the route

Location data

Coordinates: 52°47’15.4″N 6°42’57.8″E

Old Aalden