Coevorden is a small city in the south of the province of Drenthe, in the Netherlands. The municipality of Coevorden also includes 37 other villages and hamlets, the largest being Dalen, Sleen, and Schoonoord.
There are several tourist information centres in the municipality of Coevorden. The opening hours as listed below are applicable in the summer season (April-October). In the peak summer season (July and August), opening hours may be wider. On the other hand, in the winter the opening hours are more limited.
- 1 Tourist Info Coevorden, Haven 4, Coevorden, ☎ . Mon-Fri 9:30-16:30, Sat 9:30-15:00.
- 2 Tourist Info Sleen (Het Klaverblok), Bannerschultestraat 12, Sleen, ☎ . Mon-Sat 9:30-17:00.
- 3 Tourist Info Zweeloo, Aelderstraat 21A, Aalden, ☎ . Mon/Fri 10:00-16:00, Tue-Thu/Sat 10:00-14:00.
- 4 Tourist Info Gees, Dorpsstraat 47, Gees, ☎ . Mon-Sat 10:00-14:00.
- 5 Tourist Info Schoonoord, Slenerweg 4, Schoonoord, ☎ . Mon/Wed/Sat 10:00-14:00.
The main roads traversing the municipality of Coevorden are the west-east A37 motorway and the north-south N34 expressway. The A37 connects Coevorden to Hoogeveen and the A28 motorway (Groningen-Zwolle) in the west, and to the German Western Plains region in the east. The N34 connects Coevorden to Emmen and Groningen in the north, and to Hardenberg in Overijssel province in the south. The city of Coevorden can be reached from the nearest airport in Eelde in about 45 minutes, while Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport are about 1h 45m away.
There are two railway stations in the municipality of Coevorden, both along the railway from Zwolle to Emmen. 1 Coevorden railway station is in the city centre of Coevorden. Trains in both directions call twice per hour, with during rush hours an additional hourly train to Zwolle. The smaller 2 Dalen railway station is on the edge of the village of Dalen, with trains calling once per hour in both directions. Connections to the remainder of the national railway network are available in Zwolle. Just south of Coevorden, at the railway station of Hardenberg, it is possible to connect to the train to Almelo. Travelling to Coevorden from Zwolle takes about 40 minutes (€10), while the trip from Schiphol Airport takes 2 hours including a transfer in Zwolle (€23.50).
As there is only one railway in Coevorden, from many destinations in the surroundings it is easier to take a bus (also to get to one of the other villages in the municipality). In addition to Coevorden's railway station, also the bus stop in Zweeloo (3 Zweeloo bus station) serves as a minor transport hub, with several bus lines meeting there.
- Bus route 21 (1x/hour) from Assen via Aa en Hunze and Coevorden (De Kiel, Schoonoord, Noord-Sleen, Sleen, Erm) to Emmen. Not to Coevorden city.
- Bus route 22 (1x/hour) from Assen via Beilen and Westerbork to Coevorden (Zweeloo). Not to Coevorden city.
- Bus route 26 (1x/hour) from Emmen via Klazienaveen and Schoonebeek to Coevorden (Coevorden city and railway station).
- Bus route 27 (1x/hour) from Hoogeveen via Coevorden (Geesbrug, Zwinderen, Gees, Oosterhesselen, Aalden, Zweeloo) to Emmen. Not to Coevorden city.
- Bus route 29 (1-2x/hour) from Zwolle via Dedemsvaart and Slagharen to Coevorden (railway station).
- Bus route 33 (1x/hour) from Hoogeveen to Coevorden (Nieuwlande, Dalerpeel, Steenwijksmoer, Coevorden city and railway station). Demand-repsonsive, i.e. you have to call in advance.
Bus routes 21, 27, and 33 as mentioned above can be used for travelling between the villages in the municipality of Coevorden. In addition, bus route 25 is a local line from Coevorden city via Dalen, Wachtum, Oosterhesselen, Meppen, and Aalden to Zweeloo. The bus runs once per hour, and except for during rush hours, it is demand-responsive (i.e. you have to call in advance). During weekends, the bus route is only operational on the section between Coevorden railway station and the Plopsa theme park in Dalen.
Coevorden is on the route of the Pieterpad, the most famous long distance walking trail of the Netherlands. The sixth stage ends in the village of Sleen; the seventh stage runs entirely within the municipality of Coevorden, from Sleen to the city of Coevorden; and the eighth stage starts there.
|Routes through Coevorden|
|END ← Hardenberg ←||S N||→ Emmen → Groningen|
|Pieterburen ← Schoonloo ←||N S||→ Hardenberg → Sint-Pietersberg|