Giethoorn also known as the’ Venice of North’ is literally a fantasy come true with an environment full of lakes, canals, greenish farms, thatched roof homes and more than 150 wooden bridges. It is one of the most picturesque town in the Europe located in the Netherlands. This car free village is only accessible by boats and has no roads, even the postman delivers mail through boats. This serene, remote and peaceful place is in the province of Overjissel and located in the centre of its canal system.
The lakes and pond in the village were formed by peat unearthing and people used the islands between them to build homes. Countless thatched farms were built and are connected with small wooden bridges. Eventually cycle paths were added along the canal as the village so dependent on its waterways. The view of the village is so magical and magnificent to be true which will never fail to gives its visitors a taste of how fantasy life is like. The village is so quiet that the loudest sound there would be the quaking of ducks or singing of birds. It is an ideal place for anyone who seeks peace and calm.
With the population of 2600 .This place sees a very little tourism which limits the tourist activities here but it’s a dreamy place for the ones who wants escape from the crowds. Some of the activities that you could do in the village are
Take boat tours:
The most obvious thing one can do at ‘Venice in North’ is to rent a boat and explore the waterways.
Explore the little green Venice of Holland, Giethoorn and natural park De Wieden in a so-called ‘whisper’ boat. These are open punter boats equipped with a silent electric motor that is powered, therefore the nickname ‘whisper’. Enjoy the boat ride without the stench and noise of a petrol engine
Take an Amsterdam canal cruise to see the typical Architecture and landscapes of the Netherlands on a trip to Giethoorn from Amsterdam. The boat is not the only way you can be on the water here, you can rent an inflatable ball. You can visit Enkhuinzen, where you will explore the old town centre before crossing the Ilssel-Meer, a 20km long dike.
Cycle through country sides
If you prefer to spend time on land instead, you can rent a bike and explore the village and its surroundings. By cycling, you will be able to explore the Dutch country side with farm animals and endless fields.
Besides exploring its rural environment and its beautiful surroundings, you could spend some time exploring the local museums.
Het olde maat uus – Get an insight of how people lived in this village a century ago by visiting this museum which is located in the original historical farm house showcasing recreated historical rooms and historical articrafts.
Museum de oude aarde- This old museum exists since1969 which exhibits a wide collection of gem stones and minerals. There’s also a fancy gift shop to purchase unique collection of gems, fossils and minerals.
The histomobill- If you are interested in old cars, there is a specialized museums here as well. The histomobill provides a vast collection of cars, motorcycles and carriages. It has also got a small pub inside and a children play area.
Food to taste in Giethoorn
Giethoorn undeniably has a reputation when it comes to gastronomic enjoyment it is home to various excellent restaurants beautifully situated at the water’s edge. The highlight among them will be restaurant De Lindenhof, with 2 Michelin stars, but Hollands Venetie and ‘t Achterhuus are also highly recommended.
More in the area
Not far from Giethoorn you will also find old Zuiderzee towns such as Vollenhore and Blokzijl . Here you can stroll past historic buildings, ancient churches and royal castles .For nature lovers ‘National park de Weerribben –Wieden is highly recommended. This unique swampland present a different picture in every season.
If on an extended stay in this area consider visiting the nearby Hanseatic towns of Zwolle and Kampen. A settlement formed as a way to expand commerce and spread knowledge.