Giethoorn Travel Guide

  • The Dutch Venice
    The Dutch Venice
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  • Canal and bridge, Giethoorn
    Canal and bridge, Giethoorn
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    GIETHOORN
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Giethoorn Highlights

  • Pro
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    Sibbella says…

     Cars are not allowed in the village 

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    Nathalie_B says…

     Did I already mention the spiderwebs?? 

  • In a nutshell
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    Nathalie_B says…

     You want to see different and yet typical Netherlands? Try Giethoorn, you'll enjoy every moment of it! 

Giethoorn Things to Do

  • Go boating

    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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  • Exploring the countryside

    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...

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  • Rent information

    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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  • Venice of the north

    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...

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  • Punters

    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

    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...

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  • make a boattrip

    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...

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  • geological museum de Oude Aarde

    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...

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  • Mekka for gemstone collectors!

    Museum de Oude AardeAll 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...

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  • See how they lived here!

    Museum 't Olde Maat UusIn 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:...

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  • Historical cars in Dutch Venice

    Histo-MobilA nice collection of old cars, motorcycles etc.Go back in history, see how people transported everything in Giethoorn Opening HoursMarch 1st to October 31st daily between 10.00 - 18.00 hrs.Entrance feesAdults € 4Children 4 to 12 yrs. € 2

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  • Houses of Giethorn

    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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Giethoorn Restaurants

  • At the edge of the Bovenwijde lake

    Smit's Paviljoen becames famous by its prominent appearance in the Dutch movie "Fanfare" by Bert Haanstra.It's an ever busy place and from the terrace you have a wonderful view over the Bovenwijde lake. Any refreshment!

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  • Food can't get any better than this

    On the first day of our visit to Giethoorn we decided to check out some local restaurants. Since we were biking in the countryside all day long we didn't feel like going far and reading every menu of all the restaurants in town. Bull's was the closest one to our rented house. It was quite a big restaurant with empty tables and busy bar. Locals were...

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  • The waterside pavillion

    During my teens I spent a punter holiday in Giethoorn and we'd always end up here after a day of sailing and games. I just had to have hot chocolate and whipped cream this time, just like in the old days.Pavillion Smit's goes back to the 1930s when farmer Teunis Gerrits Smit decided to build a floating pavillion behind his farm. It was only...

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Giethoorn Transportation

  • Whisper boat

    Whisper boats are the unique transportation of Giethoorn. Since sailing along the canals is the only way to explore this town boat/canoe rental buisnesses are very popular there. Whisper boat gets its name from its silent motor operated by two huge batteries located under one of the seats in the boat. 4 hours or rent will cost you around 50Euro....

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  • Take the waterbus!

    For those people that are not confident about their boating capabilities: Take the boattour in one of the many places wher you can get on board of these guided boattours. Usually it takes abour 1h30 mins to get around the town.

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  • Sailing in a "Fluisterboot"

    This is best way to transport yourself in and around town, since this is called "Dutch Venice"Prices FLUISTERBOOT rentals 20031-5 pers.: € 10 for 1 hour; max. a day € 50.6-8 pers.: € 12 for 1 hour; max. a day € 55.8-12 pers.: € 15 for 1 hour;max. a day € 75.DirectionsBy car from mainroad N334 along Giethoorn (Beulakerweg) take exit...

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Giethoorn Shopping

  • Ice cream

    We just 'parked' our boat along the water and Bert and eldest hopped off to buy us some icecream.Second child was told to keep the boat along the shore and was determined to do it right.I of course, had to photograph ;-)

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  • fossils, stones, minerals.......

    Buy a stone ball, let it be cut and be surprised. Kids can also cut the stone themselves. After it is opened the people selling it will tell you what crystals are inside.The stones are formed by a vulcano. The outside is lava, and the heat formed crystals inside before it cooled and formed a ball.The balls are not from here, but they come from...

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  • Shells and what you can do with them!

    It's more like a museum annex shop.You can see some showcases with Shells and other seacreatures and a lot of stuff made from shells like jewelry, boxes and so on.

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Giethoorn Local Customs

  • Water lilies everywhere

    Water lilies are very typical flowers in the Giethoorn's landscapes. Whether in canals or just ponds you'll see those flowers all over. Especially it is beautiful to see the many private houses that stand on, or close to, the water surrounded by ponds of white and pink water lilies.If you rented a boat and went exploring Giethoorn through its lakes...

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  • Traditonal Boats of Giethoorn!

    Originally transport in Giethoorn is and was the "Punter" It is a typical kind of boat for this region.There are several different punters, such as sail punters, like the one on the picture!But what most people mean when they say Punter is the boat where you sail by putting a big stick into the bottom of the canal and push yourselve forward. This...

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  • Yes, okay here they are Wooden Shoes!

    Just outside the souvenirshop "In de Koperen Duikhelm" you'll find these gigantic wooden shoes. Take a picture it's free and ofcourse typical dutch!While you're here see the artifacts in the shop of the sunken village of Beulake

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Giethoorn Warnings and Dangers

  • Punter traffic

    It can be quite busy on the canals in Giethoorn. A sign here says: give way to traffic from the left.The canals are narrow so it takes some steermanship to not get into trouble with other boats.

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  • Steering the boat

    Husband was done with steering so I got on the steering wheel ... boy! that wasn t as easy as it looked! Moved over the water like a drunk dragonfly ... yelled at hubby he could steer again ... far too scary!The kids did not mind at all, they thought it quite funny.

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  • Oooops!

    Don t try to hang on too long.....Haha, this guy was boating with some firends, and I think they drank more than just lemonade ;-)His friends just left him hanging here and too bad this bloke was as trained as he was .. he just used his arms to get on land... we were so hoping for him to fall!

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Giethoorn Sports & Outdoors

  • Rent a boat or a canoe

    The main attraction of Giethoorn of course is the water and there are several places where one can rent a boat or a canoe.We did not rent our boat here, that is because we wanted a so called 'whisper' boat, a boat that s powered by a motor that makes little noise. Not needed to bring anything, if you are a sensible boater, little will happen.At...

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  • BOATING

    A Giethoorn trip cannot be complete without making a boat tour.You can rent boats everywhere; here are some websites:Broer boat rental traditional sailing boatsGroenewegen whisperboatsDe KruumteSmit whisperboats & canoesZuideinde canal boat tourZwaantje whisperboats

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  • Hire a Canoe or a "punter"!

    Next to the many whisper boats you can hire Canoes, Kayaks and little rowing and sailboats. There are a lot of boathire stations! Just pick one!

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Giethoorn Favorites

  • Tourist information Giethoorn

    Unfortunately the Tourist Information website is only in Dutch and German.They do have an office in Giethoorn.Address:Eendrachtsplein 18355DL GiethoornTel: 0900-5674637Fax: 0521-360565Email: giethoorn@kopvanoverijssel.nlTourist Information Giethoorn website

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    General Giethoorn linksDiscover GiethoornKop van Overijssel

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  • The Local Tourist Office

    VVV GiethoornBeulakerweg 114a8355 AL Giethoorntel: 0900-5674637fax: +31-521-362281email: giethoorn@kopvanoverijssel.nl

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