Veenhuizen won the EDEN Award in 2011, giving the designation of a European Destination of Excellence. This was a fantastic reward for all the efforts that have been made to restore the cultural and historical legacy in Veenhuizen and to preserve it for the future.
The EDEN Award is an initiative of the European Commission and is intended to stimulate the sustainable development of tourist destinations. A national EDEN competition is organised in each EU member state, with a different theme each year. In 2011, the theme was repurposing of local heritage sites. Of the five locations nominated, Veenhuizen scored highest as a sustainable tourist destination in the Netherlands, proving how harmoniously the past and the present can work together.