About Giethoorn

About Giethoorn
You can relax in the beautiful surroundings of Giethoorn. Giethoorn is a water region village in the head of Overijssel. The village is known for its waterways and nice bridges. It is also called the 'Dutch Venice'. Giethoorn is situated in a large wetland area with several larger and smaller lakes. Therefore, there is a lot of water sports here and in many places in this village are boats for rent. For a large part it concerns motor and-whisper boats, or book a nice canal cruise. Besides the water sports there are also museums to visit such as Museumfarm 't Olde maat uus. This is a Giethoorn farm from 1800 with an exhibition about 100 years of working and living in Giethoorn.
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History of Giethoorn
From the 11th century onwards, man started extracting peat in the moors around Giethoorn, an important fuel in those days! The first inhabitants settled around 1230. They provided their livelihood by cutting peat, hunting, fishing and agriculture. The first school was founded around 1808.
The village of Giethoorn - also called Dutch Venice, has about 2620 inhabitants and is known for its bridges, waterways and punters. The painting created the canals and the world-famous ponds and wetlands (Weerribben-Wieden). Many houses are, as it were, built on islands, which can only be reached via bridges. Most of the more than 176 bridges are private property.
The Hotel Giethoorn is located at the beginning (south side) of the only through land connection (a beautiful bicycle/hiking path) that runs straight through the centre of the village to Giethoorn-Noord.