Authentic, loyal, and local
Discover Giethoorn and the wetlands located in the middle of Weerribben-Wieden National Park, the largest fen in North-West Europe, consisting of lakes, ponds, canals, bridges interspersed with peatlands, reed beds, and forests. Living with water has given Giethoorn unique characteristics, which have been preserved over the centuries. You can catch sight of typical thatched farmhouses that are situated on a little picturesque entourage everywhere and take in the natural beauty of the natural surroundings, which contribute to Giethoorn's lovely nickname, 'Green Venice'. Giethoorn has something to offer young and old alike.
Punting, 'whisper' boating, canoeing, tour cruising...
In the past, boats were used to transport peat. Although peat is now no longer dug, the boat is still a common form of transport in this region, especially for reed. But they also carry cattle to and from the meadows and bring in hay for the winter. Perhaps the most characteristic vessel in the village is the Giethoorn 'sailing' punt. We are very lucky in Giethoorn to have the two last authentic punt builders of the Netherlands called Wildeboer and Scheur Punt yard. In the canals, the punting-pole is used to push this open boat along. On the lakes and stretches of water, the mast and sails can be fitted for sailing the punt. There are not only the punts that make boating in Giethoorn a unique experience. You can also take a 'whisper'boat, an open boat driven by an easily-operating environmentally friendly, silent electric motor. Giethoorn is also an excellent starting point for canoe tours through the environment. Or, if you prefer, you can take a guided tour in a (covered) boat.
Sights, museums, and galleries
Giethoorn has always been a big inspiration for many poets, moviemakers, and painters. The canals of the village are lined with 18th and 19th century thatched farms and peat diggers cottages, nestling between lovely gardens and high wooden bridges, a paradise for professional and amateur photographers alike. Even in the peak holiday season, Giethoorn is still maintaining its peaceful and quite nature with the lake and canal side houses. But the village is also a bustling, cheerful place with a number of unusual museums that are certainly worth a visit.
There is De Oude Aarde where you can admire beautiful crystals, semi-precious stones, and an open terrarium to visit their beautiful shop Petrarum. At Pottery Rhoda, handsome pottery is still made in such styles as 'Giethoorn Blue'. Shell Gallery Gloria Maris displays seashells, coral, sea aquariums, and decorative, hand-made gifts. You can even walk through an authentically furnished Giethoorn farm, built around 1800: 't Olde Maat Uus (Giethoorn Museum). If you’re an art lover, check out the many galleries in the village. When you want to experience Giethoorn in 1958, see how Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy Film Fanfare and got inspired by the locals.