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    Go boating

    by nighthawk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    De Jonge boat rental

    There s but one thing that most people do when in Giethoorn: they rent a boat.
    We got ourselves a so called 'whisper' boat.

    Be aware, during vacation time and weekend it can be hard to find a boat, so be early.

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    • Sailing and Boating
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    Exploring the countryside

    by Nathalie_B Written Jun 26, 2005

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    Giethoorn

    As we rented a tiny house (schuurtje) for the long weekend, our reservation included bicycles as well. They even included a map with explanations and suggestions for a trip. Little we knew leaving the house in the morning that that day will remind me of home- Israel. Over 30 degrees heat and not even one tiny cloud in the sky.
    Giethoorn has only one supermarket (probably the size of my living room) which is also a post office. So "good luck" finding bottled water on the road, exploring the country!
    However, the surroundings of Giethoorn are really great to explore. You'll be biking a long the canals and the lake, you'll pass by tiny villages, where shops are closed even on Saturdays and people rarely seen on the sreets. You'll see that water level is actually higher than the level of land. And you'll definitely wonder how come the most densely populated country in the whole Europe has so much untouched land.
    Biking around Giethoorn you'll come across many ponds covered with beautiful water lilies. You'll see all the possible domestic animals from cows to ducks. Most of the houses have a straw roofs, which definitely adds to the perfect picture. And eventually, along the road you'll have the possiblity to stop by some very local bar and to enjoy cold beer sitting on a terrace.

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    Venice of the north

    by ATLC Written Aug 21, 2004

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    GIETHOORN

    Giethoorn is called the Venice of the north and many tourists flock the little village to see it's unusual scenery. There are lakes (Wieden), only chest deep in the middle, that are connected with canals used for peat transport in the middle ages and later. Because of the canals, each house needs a little high bridge to get to the road. The bridges are high, because boats have to go under them.

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    Punters

    by ATLC Written Aug 21, 2004

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    GIETHOORN PUNTER

    Punters are the local boats that are moved along with a stick like the gondola's in Venice. You can also plug on a sail and go sailing! It's actually how I first learned how to sail (a little bit), during a teenage holiday week many years ago.

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    museum Het Olde Maat Uus

    by tompt Written Apr 15, 2004

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    The good room

    This Museum farmhouse is rebuilt and decorated in old style in 1988. It gives an impression of life in Giethoorn 100 years ago.
    In the stable is an exposition about life in Giethoorn. The house is decorated like Maat still lives here. And outside you can see a fisherscottage, a typical shed and a working Tjasker mill.

    A nice small museum certainly worth the few Euro entrancefee.

    Open:
    Easter - half october
    monday- saturday 11.00-17.00
    sunday 12.00-17.00
    Rest of the year:
    sundays 12.00-17.00
    schoolholidays: 11:00-17:00

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    make a boattrip

    by tompt Updated Apr 15, 2004

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    boats are the thing in Giethoorn

    There are several choices to make a boattrip in Giethoorn. You can rent a small boat by yourself. Like the red ones in the picture, they have an electric motor. Or a rowing boat. The absolute highpoint being a punter, which is like a gondola and you move it with a pole pushing on the bottom of the canal.
    Or make a guided trip like the boat passing by.

    Rent boats at:
    - de Kruumte, Kerkweg 48-A, tel: 0521-361517
    http://www.dekruumte.com/
    they have electroboats, canoe and punters.
    - Rondvaart Zuideinde, Maaiensteeg 1,tel: 0521-361210
    http://www.zuideinde.nl/
    they organise tours, see the pic, and rent electroboats.
    - De Witte Hoeve, Zuiderpad 32, tel: 0521-361428
    http://www.dewittehoeve.nl/boten.html
    they have organised tours, electric boats and canoe.
    - Snackbar Geythorn ,Binnenpad 42, tel. 0521-361954
    http://www.geythorn.nl/
    they can arrange organised tours or rent boats.

    There are even more possibilities:
    -http://www.broer-giethoorn.nl/broer/
    -http://www.smit-recreatie.nl/

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    geological museum de Oude Aarde

    by tompt Updated Sep 30, 2003

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    Marjolein is cutting her stone in two

    Museum De Oude Aarde ( The Old Earth) was founded in 1969.
    The founder, Rene Boissevain, travelled to every corner of the earth, to discover many specimens for the unique collection minerals in museum 'De Oude Aarde'. Presently the Visser-family runs the museum, they also travel around the world, looking for beautiful crystals to add to the extensive colection.

    The museum shows:
    - fascinating crystals
    - million year old fossils
    - the biggest egg in the world
    - a 150 million year old petrified tree weighing 750 kg
    - a huge amethyst geode

    There is a free quiz for children, if they do their best they will get a souvenir.

    The store connected to the museum sells all kind of minerals. Our niece, Marjolein (12), liked the option to buy a stone ball which she had to open herself to discover a wealth of crystals in it.

    Opening times:
    March 1st to November 1st 7 days a week from 10.00 - 18.00
    From November 1st to the 1st of March Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 - 17.00
    closed on december 25th

    Entrance fee:
    Adults: Euro 2.50
    4-12 years: Euro 1.50

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    Mekka for gemstone collectors!

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 25, 2003
    Museum De Oude Aarde

    Museum de Oude Aarde

    All kinds of gemstones and fossiles with a nice shop in front of this little museum. For children they have a nice quizform, which they can fill out. If they do well, they get a little attention.

    Openings hours:
    March 1st to November 1st 7 days a week from 10.00 - 18.00.

    From November 1st to the 1st of March open from:
    Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 - 17.00.

    In the wintertime, during school-holidays open every day.

    Closed on December 25th.

    Entrance fees:
    Adults: € 2.50
    Children 4-12 years: € 1.50

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    See how they lived here!

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 25, 2003
    't Olde Maat Uus

    Museum 't Olde Maat Uus

    In and around this beautiful renovated farm a team of volunteers takes pride in showing you the history of living and working in Giethoorn in the last 100 years.

    The name of this museum 't Olde Maat Uus comes from:
    Dutch----------------------------------English
    't----------------------------------------The
    Olde-----------------------------------Old
    Maat-----------------------------------Maat
    Uus------------------------------------House

    Maat stands for a family name. The family once lived here!

    Opening hours:
    April to beginning October
    - Mon-Sat. 11.00-17.00 hrs
    - Sun 12.00-17.00 hrs

    October to April
    - On public holydays 11.00 - 17.00 hrs
    - all Sundays 12.00-17.00 hrs

    Visit after appointement always possible

    Entrance fee:
    Children € 1,-
    Adults € 3,-

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    Historical cars in Dutch Venice

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 6, 2003
    Histo-Mobil

    Histo-Mobil

    A nice collection of old cars, motorcycles etc.

    Go back in history, see how people transported everything in Giethoorn

    Opening Hours
    March 1st to October 31st
    daily between 10.00 - 18.00 hrs.

    Entrance fees
    Adults € 4
    Children 4 to 12 yrs. € 2

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    Rent information

    by ATLC Written Aug 21, 2004

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    GIETHOORN

    On this sign (enlarge photo), you'll find contact info for renting boats, boat tours, bike rent (7 euro per day), arrow and bow shooting, B&B, etc.

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    Houses of Giethorn

    by Erkmen Written Jun 2, 2003
    giethorn houses

    I have been to Holland several times but only last time I had the cahnce to see Giethorn...

    I was totally amazed with the nice houses, environment.. The way of people living.. All so wonderful..

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    • Historical Travel

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