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Emmen, located in the province of Drenthe, is a surprising mix of urban dynamics and rural tranquillity and space. Besides the well-known attractions like a zoo, you can also go for several sports and cultural activities in Emmen. The vast bog reserve called the Bargerveen, the Center Parcs holiday park 'ParcSandur', the cycling event The Golden Arrow, the Full Colour Festival – all are top draws for a multitude of tourists arriving from all over the world via cheap flights to Emmen that is served by the international airport at Groningen.
One of the first sights to hit you upon arrival is the Polka Dot, a gas balloon rising 22m high painted by 17 artists from Netherlands, USA, Mexico, Iceland and Malaysia in the former gas storage facility in Emmen. Collection Brands is a unique collection by Jans Brands which brings a mix of amazement and amusement. Van Gogh House, the residence of the legendary painter in 1883, consists of a permanent exhibition on his life and work. The Veenpark is a family park with a playground and restaurants around the theme peat.
Every year, the multi-coloured Full Colour Festival takes place in the centre of Emmen. This festival is marked by performances of different genres of music such as reggae, folk, soul, jazz, country rock and funk. The annual Phone House C'est la Vie festival takes place on a Sunday in July. There is a large flea market and fair, street theatre and a varied music program organized by the local catering industry. Retropop is the only retro outdoor festival of the Northern Netherlands. These cultural events attract many visitors via cheap flights to Emmen.
There are many sports clubs, sports courts, bicycle trails and a jogging track. Also, the 65-acre sports complex "dike" is where FC Emmen plays its matches in the Unive Stadium. In the outskirts of Emmen, the racetrack Pottendijk offers go-karting and motocross. One of the major crowd pullers of Emmen is undoubtedly the famous Emmen Zoo with a huge assortment of animals.