a "saksish" (18th century) farmhouse in Taarlo

Drenthe is one of the 12 provinces of The Netherlands. It's the third most northern. In the north is the province of Groningen, in the west Friesland (Frisia), in the south Overijssel and in the east the German border. Drenthe is different. Its elevation is 10-25 metres above the surrounding area and that's one of the reasons the dolmen-builders settled here 5500 year ago. The soil contains sand, loam and big boulders and that's what this people used as building materials to make the mysterious stonegraves. In the east of Drenthe is a range of hills, the 'Hondsrug' (Dogs-ridge). You'll notice the concentration of dolmen on this ridge. Drenthe only has 500,000 inhabitants, it is one of the least densely populated provinces in the country. The inhabitants used to be very poor. Nowadays they are prosperous thanks to fertilizers, industry and tourism. Assen, the capital, has 52,000 inhabitants. Here, in the Drents Museum you will find the beakers, axes, scrapers, beads etc. that were found in the hunebedden. Assen is not the biggest town. That's Emmen in the southeast with 100,000 inhabitants. Emmen has the most wonderful Zoo in the country. In Borger, next to the biggest hunebed (D27), is the National Hunebed Information Centre.  Drenthe's scenery is varied and very beautiful. Thousands of tourists spend their holiday here in the woods, the heather, the dunes and on the lakes. Drenthe is ideal for cycling. There are over 600 kms of free cycling-track throughout the province. And bicycles are very popular in Holland!
And once upon a time, 5500 years in the past, this region was the big
centre of the Funnel Beaker Culture....