Giethoorn is a mostly car-free village in the northeastern Dutch province of Overijssel. It’s known for its boat-filled waterways, footpaths, bicycle trails and centuries-old thatched-roof houses. It borders a section of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, a marshy area once popular for peat and reed harvesting. Next to the park, Museum Giethoorn ‘t Olde Maat Uus is a farm museum illustrating the region’s history.
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Giethoorn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣitɦoːrn]) is a town in the province of Overijssel, Netherlands with a population of 2,795 in 2023. It is located in the municipality of Steenwijkerland, about 5 km southwest of Steenwijk.
Giethoorn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣitɦoːrn]) is a town in the province of Overijssel, Netherlands with a population of 2,795 in 2023. It is located in the municipality of Steenwijkerland, about 5 km southwest of Steenwijk. As a popular Dutch tourist destination both within Netherlands and abroad, Giethoorn is often referred to as “Dutch Venice” (Dutch: Hollands Venetië) or the “Venice of the Netherlands”.
Location in Overijssel
Coordinates: 52°44′20″N 6°4′41″E
Giethoorn used to be a pedestrian precinct, but nowadays exceptions are made. It became locally famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy Fanfare there. In the old part of the village, there were no roads (though a cycling path was eventually added), and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. The lakes in Giethoorn were formed by peat digging.
Giethoorn was a separate municipality until 1973, when it became part of Brederwiede, which lost its municipality status in 2001 to merge with Steenwijk.
Tourism has an influence on the old traditional town. The village, still only fully accessible by boat, is one of several places commonly known as the Venice of the North or Venice of the Netherlands. Giethoorn has 176 bridges.
In 2015, the village of Giethoorn was chosen from 182 contenders across the world to achieve a place on the board of the new international edition of Monopoly. An online campaign led by local Village Marketeer Giethoorn.com resulted in enough votes to obtain spot number 21 on the special edition.
What is special about the Dutch village of Giethoorn?
Giethoorn with its many waterways and bridges is well-known as the Venice of the Netherlands. It is the famous, idyllic village without streets in the northernmost tip of Overijssel. … The distance between Amsterdam and Giethoorn is 90 km. The road distance is 121 km.
Can you swim in Giethoorn canals?
You can swim in Giethoorn in the het Bovenwijde (het Wiede) and in the Beulakerwijde (the Beulaker), the Molengat and just outside Giethoorn, in Wanneperveen, in the Belterwijde (the Belter). If you have rented a boat, you can go overboard for a swim at random.