Borger (Drents: Börger) is a place and former municipality in the province of Drenthe (Netherlands). Borger is located on the Hondsrug, in the municipality of Borger-Odoorn and has 4,840 inhabitants. Until the municipal reorganization on January 1, 1998, Borger was an independent municipality. In addition to the main village, the municipality consisted of the villages Bronneger, Buinen, Buinerveen, Drouwen, Drouwenerveen, Ees and Nieuw-Buinen and the hamlets Bronnegerveen, Drouwenermond, Eesergroen, Eeserveen, Ellertshaar and Westdorp.
Largest hunebed or dolmen
Borger is known for, among other things, the largest hunebed or dolmen in the Netherlands, the D27. In the immediate vicinity of Borger there are 2 other dolmens D28 and D29. The new Hunebedcentrum is located in Borger, near the hunebed D27. Here you will find a lot of information about hunebeds in the Netherlands.
The presence of several hunebeds indicates an early occupation of the area around Borger. Ludolph Smids wrote in 'Treasury of Dutch antiquities' (1711) about several hunebeds. Smids mentions that there are 16 hunebeds in Drouwen and 9 in Borger.
The current village of Borger is only mentioned for the first time in the Middle Ages. The church in Borger is considered to be the second church in the Oostermoer theme game, founded from the mother church in Anloo. The cherry game Borger then includes the neighborhoods Drouwen, which is even larger than Borger, Ees, Westdorp, Buinen and Gasselte. Gasselte later became a cherry of its own, but still shares the debt with Borger for centuries. The choice of Borger as the location for a new church seems to have been partly determined by the location of a number of table goods belonging to the Utrecht bishop.
Borger's original medieval church was dedicated to Willibrord. Due to its dilapidated state, the church was demolished in the early 19th century and replaced by the current so-called Waterstaat Church. The tower is still the original Gothic tower from the 14th century. The church now houses Cultuurpodium VANSLAG. Before the culture stage took the building into use, the church was part of the Borger meeting center and connected to it via a corridor. The town hall of the former municipality of Borger was also located in this center.
There are various facilities such as a library, various associations including football club SV Borger, volleyball association VEB'98 and scouting group De Woudlopers, a sports hall, a swimming pool, shops, primary schools, a secondary school, Tourist Information Point, campsites and restaurant, open-air theater and a culture stage. in Borger.
Traffic and transport
There are three main roads that cross Borger:
N34: Witte Paal - Hardenberg - Coevorden - Emmen - Borger - Gieten - Zuidlaren - Groningen
N374: Hoogeveen - Westerbork - Borger - Stadskanaal
N857: Borger - Papenvoort - Nooitgedacht - Rolde
The Borger exit of the N34 was considered very dangerous, there were various (fatal) collisions. To remedy this, a grade-separated intersection was constructed in 2008.
The P + R Borger bus station is located on the N34, where Qliner 300 from Qbuzz connects to regional transport.