Veendam

Veendam, tourist information

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Coat of arms of Veendam
Coat of arms of Veendam

Number of inhabitants: 27.419
Number of national monuments: 44

Summary of Veendam

Veenlustplein Veendam
Veenlustplein Veendam

Veendam is a cozy village in the province of Groningen, it is a green place and is therefore also called Parkstad. The place is located in the Groninger Veenkoloniën and was created during peat excavations, which is why Veendam was created on a canal for the drainage of peat. The canal is nicely decorated with many white bridges and is widely used by tourist vessels.

Interesting history of Veendam

The Bridges of Veendam
The Bridges of Veendam

Veendam is located in the Veenkoloniën and was also created by peat excavations, so the place partly has the typical shape of a Veenkolonial ribbon village. A ribbon village is a long place, usually along a canal, road or dike. Veendam no longer has the shape of a real ribbon village around the center, this is because the two parallel canals Ooster- and Westerdiep had to make way for the river Oude AE. This river can still be seen in Veendam, for example along the AE-Kade north of the center and at the Juliana Park south of the center.

Veendam Landmarks

The Benenden Oosterdiep in Veendam
The Benenden Oosterdiep in Veendam

In Veendam you can still admire beautiful buildings, the Veenkolonial Museum on Museumplein is located in a beautiful monumental building. There is also a school located behind the deer park in a monumental building, in the neighborhood near the deer park you can still find many old beautiful villas that were built on the river Oude AE. More beautiful buildings can be found south of the center on the Bocht Oosterdiep and the area has a cozy atmosphere due to the marina and the old white bridges.

Shopping in Veendam

The Church Square in Veendam
The Church Square in Veendam

Veendam is a center town for the area and therefore has a varied range of shops. The center is versatile and has a covered shopping arcade. You will not find a mega shopping center, but a lot is available. For a lot of shopping fun, the cities such as Assen (>28km) Winschoten(>17km) of Groningen(>30km) are recommendations.

Veendam:
Shopping evening: Thursday

Things to do in Veendam

The Veenkolonial Museum in Veendam
The Veenkolonial Museum in Veendam

In Veendam you can visit the Veenkolonial museum, take a ride with a steam train on the longest museum line in the Netherlands or go to a theater. For a movie you can easily go to a cinema in the area. Click on the colored blocks below to see the options.


MUSEUMS VEENDAMATTRACTIONS VEENDAM
  • Peat Colonial Museum, museum where the (history) of the peat colonies is exhibited and a changing
    exhibition is available. Click here for the site.
  • Dollhouse Museum Alida's Little World
    here for the site.
  • Museum Railway STAR, with the steam train to Stadskanaal. With a ride of 26 kilometers this is the longest museum line in the Netherlands. Click here for the site.
CINEMAS VEENDAMTHEATERS VEENDAM
  • Vue Hoogezand (>13km), cinema with regular program. Click here for the site.
  • Stadskanaal (>17km) Smokey, cinema with regular program. Click here for the site.
  • Van Beresteijn, click here for the site.

Nature & Parks in Veendam

The Borgerswold in Veendam
The Borgerswold in Veendam

Veendam is also called Parkstad, which means that it is a green place. To the south of the center you can relax in the Julianapark and to the west of Veendam you can relax extensively in Borgerswold. The Borgerswold park is spacious with many water features, forest and recreational opportunities.

Veendam is located in the middle of the Veenkoloniën where peat was formerly dug, so there is a lot of countryside in the area with panoramic views over many meadows.

Steps in Veendam

The Blankensteinkade in Veendam
The Blankensteinkade in Veendam


In Veendam there are several cafes and there is a club, you can make it a pleasant evening in Veendam. You are also so in for the great nightlife Groningen.

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