Veendam is located in Groningen province in the Netherlands. The Holland America cruise ship of the same name is decidedly more famous than the town. But any visitor who comes here once is not likely to forget it any time soon. The whole place is a paradise for lakeshore recreation and boating, with waterways coursing through the town and lakes and reservoirs surrounding it. A huge interconnected system of locks, marinas, and bridges allow for transportation. Get a car for hire in Veendam so that you can explore the town and get in as much waterfront recreation as possible.
Despite the appearance of an outdoorsy destination, Veendam has a lot to offer in terms of urban culture. Get a car for rent in Veendam and visit the Visual Arts Foundation, Veendam Library, and the Van Beresteyn Theatre. Do not miss the Veenkoloniaal Museum or the Museumspoorlijn STAR. The Museumplein has a weekly market on Mondays, with late-night shopping possible on Thursdays.
The interconnected nature of the waterways and lakes means that you can navigate all the waters in the area. You can start from the centre of Veendam and continue on to the Langebosschemeer in Wildervank. You could even go as far as the huge Zuidlaardermeer near Zuidlaren, about half an hour away from Veendam. There is a sailing season, when the two marinas are full of boats. All put together, Veendam has 32 bridges and four locks, so the opportunities for recreation are virtually unlimited.
Hotel Parkzicht located at Museumplein 3, 9641 AD Veendam is probably the best option if you are looking for a place to stay in Veendam. If you prefer a cozy bed and breakfast, head for the Bed and Breakfast van Beresteijn located at Burgemeester de Hoopstraat 59641 AZ Veendam.
Veendam is not the only lakeshore town in the province. Book your car rental in Veendam right now and plan for a drive to the city of Groningen. Find a way to squeeze in day trips to the Lauwersmeer National Park near the city of Dokkum, and the Hoogeland (Highlands) villages with their quaint wind mills due north of Groningen. You could also continue further from Dokkum to the Wadden Sea Coast. Other coastal destinations near Veendam include Emden and Farmsum (delfzijl). Munnekemoer in the Westerwolde region is a beautiful place with streams and wooded areas. Oldambtmeer (Oldambt Lake) near Winschoten in the rural Oldambt region is just 30 minutes away.
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