Hellendoorn

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Hellendoorn (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a town in the middle of the Dutch province of Overijssel.

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Population centres

The municipality comprises the towns: Nijverdal and Hellendoorn and the hamlets Daarle, Daarlerveen, Eelen en Rhaan, Egede, Haarle Hancate, Hulsen and Marle. The former hamlet of Noetsele is now an integrated part of the town of Nijverdal.

There is an amusement park near the town of Hellendoorn called Avonturenpark Hellendoorn. Their slogan is "Come by if you dare!".

Geography

The central part of the municipality consists of a hilly and sparsely populated area that extends West into the municipality of Rijssen-Holten. The highest point lies at about 70 m above sea level and is part of the Noetselerberg. A large chunk of the area is covered by forest, but there are also heathlands. This scenery is now part of the National Park Sallandse Heuvelrug.

Originally part of the region of Salland, Hellendoorn is now administratively considered part of Twente; a fact reflected in the inclusion of Hellendoorn in the Region of Twente (Kaderwetgebied Regio Twente) as defined by the Dutch government.

History

The municipality of Hellendoorn is the only place in the Netherlands where gold mining took place.

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