|1 Pair of men leather shoes||$167.73|
|Water bottle (1.5 liter)||$1.13|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$2.50|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$101.69|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$21.66|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$4.07|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$1 422.35|
Hoogeveen, situated in north-eastern Netherlands, dates back to 1625; at that time it was an uninhabited area consisting mainly of swamps. Contemporary Hoogeveen is a tourist paradise with heritage, art and culture besides scenic surrounds. With Groningen barely 51 km away, there is no dearth of cheap flights to Hoogeveen for holidaymakers.
The best way of discovering the heritage of Hoogeveen is by undertaking one of the many walking tours. The northern part of the centre of Hoogeveen is dominated by stately and beautiful buildings, many built by the aristocracy in the second half of the 19th century. The Great Church is one of the oldest churches in Hoogeveen, dating back to 1652. The southern part of the High Street, the Schutstraat, the early Alteveerstraat and Haagje belong to the oldest part of Hoogeveen; here, some 17th century and 18th century buildings can be seen. The scenic green environs are simply great for cycling tours; the Gees forest is sublimely peaceful while the Reestdal, Spaarbankbos, and Koekange offer varied topography.
The Hoogeveen Museum shows the history of Hoogeveen from the earliest settlement to the present. The Printing Museum, Meppel, traces the development of writing to the present alphabet and printing machines. Discover all about crime and punishment in the Netherlands from 1600 to the present in the Prison Museum. The Hunebedcentrum tells the story of the megaliths and the people that built them. Closeby is the largest dolmen in the Netherlands. Industrial Smalspoor museum features a collection of rail locomotives, wagons, tools, photos and other artefacts. Railway Museum STAR also houses a huge collection of ancient railway relics and memorabilia. The number and diversity of museums is a good enough reason for many to avail the cheap flights to Hoogeveen.
Hoogeveen has a lot to offer for the evenings; theatres, cinemas, discos and innumerable cafés and restaurants will make the evening most pleasant. Shopping in Hoogeveen is unique; the modern shopping centre features the Cascade, a large water body that dominates the area. Shops are open late night and parking is easy to find. A warm and welcoming town, accommodation is easy and suited for every budget; there are many hotels in Hoogeveen, besides camping facilities.