Borger-Odoorn, the farther you look the more you see
25 villages, each with its own identity
Borger-Odoorn is a large rural municipality with an average of one hectare for each of its inhabitants and as a result space; space for enjoyment, for living and working.
Whether walking, cycling or skating, riding on horseback or mountain bike, there is enjoyment to be had in every season in endless forests and on outspread heathlands, down winding tracks and under wide-open skies. A soaring hawk catches your eye; a group of nervous deer crosses your path.
Recreation becomes a celebration, brought about by the wide range of surprising attractions, tourist arrangements and varied forms of accommodation.
The beauty and character of three glorious districts
The higher ground of the Hondsrug is a natural North-South division. Former peat districts stretch out on either side as far as the eye can see. To the East of the Hondsrug the Hunze Valley winds its way Northward. Dating back to depressions created during the Ice Age, this valley became the bed of the Hunze stream, with its Southernmost sources at Valthe and 2e Exloërmond. A wayward arm of the brook breaks through the Hondsrug between Borger and Ees in search of the main stream.
Man has lived along the banks of the Hunze and up on the Hondsrug since the Stone Age. Nowhere in the Stone Age Netherlands would you have found more people; consider it 'our prehistoric metropolis'! This history is brought to life in the 'Hunebedcentrum'(National Dolmen Information Centre) in Borger.
Moorland changed into agricultural land
In the Early Middle Ages agricultural communities, known as 'esdorpen', developed on the Hondsrug. The peace imparted by centuries of slow development can still be felt here. The villagers have always cut peat here for their own use. From 1850 onwards the hand of man changed the outstretched moorlands, with their soft depths of peat, into agricultural land. These pioneers were able to bring about a change in their surroundings on a scale not seen before.
Space for living and business
Wide ranges of housing in all price categories, backed up by excellent facilities, are to be found in Borger-Odoorn. Choosing to live in our municipality means a choice for the space to live out your dreams. Where else might you find the space to build that tree house with your (grand) children? Where else, depending on favourable local regulations, will you find so many possibilities for starting that home business?
Borger-Odoorn is bursting with activity. From modern mechanised agriculture to quality digital technology in the Astron Lofar Project. The industrial estates present businesses with the combination of space to grow and free flowing routes to nearby towns and cities, as well as neighbouring Germany.
Come and take a closer look at Borger-Odoorn, with its history at heart, its hands and feet firmly in the present and its eyes on the future.