The Hondsrug UNESCO Global Geopark is a fascinating region, rich in nature, geological and cultural history. The varied landscape includes forests, heathland and streams winding through the gently sloping fields. You will find hunebeds, burial mounds and medieval cart tracks. The small villages, with their typical Saxon-style farmhouses, retain the atmosphere of small farming communities of the past. To the east you’ll find the peat colonies, created by digging turf which, after being dried, was sold for fuel. Archaeological finds displayed in the many museums include earthenware pots, stone tools and even a human corpse found perfectly preserved in the bog (the Girl from Yde in the Drents Museum in Assen). Famous painters visited the area to record the tranquil scenery.