Giethoorn is in the state of Overijssel in the east of the Netherlands, a green and small village area. Giethoorn is at the centre of Overijssel’s canal system. Indeed, the little town is so reliant on its rivers, many of the homes cannot be arrived at by road. When the postman gives the mail he travels by punt.
Travel and leisure has had a fairly small effect on the old traditional town. The village, still only fully accessible by boat, one of many places commonly known as the Venice of the North or Venice of the Netherlands. Giethoorn has over 180 bridges.
Giethoorn is a very well-known attraction between Chinese visitors. The village of only 2620 residents sees between 150,000 and 200,000 Chinese travelers every year.
Boating has been a favorite tourist attraction here for years, with 90km of rafting paths and scores of motorboats to rent, but now, instead of conventional outboard motors, the hire shops stock so-called ‘whisper boats’ – dinghies driven by electric motor.
Most of the canal-side restaurants lease them and it’s a Giethoorngrand way to spend an afternoon, gently puttering down the narrow waterways, under gracefully arching bridges, past cosy thatched cottages.
There three canal-side museums to visit and the Schreur shipyard, where the Giethoorn punt built. walking routes close to the canals are excellent for walking or cycling, and there’s a extensive range of cafes and restaurants.
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