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Hondsrug UNESCO Geopark

A Geopark is a region recognised by UNESCO as having a special geological history combined with a rich cultural history, landscape and nature. And that is certainly true of the Hondsrug!

The region was created during several ice ages by ice, wind and water. Later inhabited by man, first Neanderthals, then reindeer hunters, hunter-gatherers and farmers. They created the landscape that we see here today. This area is full of places with exciting stories to tell: tombs, erratic boulders, sacrificial sites, burial mounds, ancient cart tracks, remnants of Ice Age ‘pingos’, relics of the peat industry and much more.

The Hunebed Centre has been a partner and supporter of the Hondsrug UNESCO Geopark from the very beginning. This close co-operation can be seen in the exhibition about the Ice Ages and Prehistory, in the path through 150,000 years in the Prehistoric Park and in many of our activities.

On the geopark website you will discover many of the most interesting places in the Hondsrug region. And you can experience some of these places for yourself by following the many walking and cycle routes  which begin at the Hunebed Centre.

The region

The Hondsrug region covers a very large area. The ridge in the landscape which gives the area its name begins in the north in the centre of the city of Groningen. It then runs south through the villages and towns of Haren, Zuidlaren, Gieten, Borger, Exloo, Odoorn, Emmen and Coevorden. Borger, home to the Hunebed Centre, lies exactly in the middle, which makes it an excellent base for exploring the region.

If you would like to know more about the Hondsrug UNESCO Geopark, take a look at the Geopark website. Here you will find the most interesting places to visit in the Hondsrug region, local activities, walking and cycling routes, museums and much more.