Welcome to Assen
As pretty as a picture with its mellow, canal-side cycling paths and grandiose art museum at home in the former governor's 19th-century residence, small-town Assen is the place to take your foot off the pedal and slow right down. It also serves as an excellent base for rural explorations of the nearby national parks, hunebedden and Kamp Westerbork. Once a year in June hundreds of leather-clad motor-bikers incongruously descend upon the sleepy town during the annual TT motorbike fest.
Assen tourist office is an excellent source of cycling and hiking maps of the region and info on the national parks.