In love with the romantic atmosphere from Venice but with the wish of getting away of the traditional Italian city?
Giethoorn, known as the "Venice of the North" or "the Venice of the Netherlands" is one of the cities in the Netherlands where the circulation of cars was largely prohibited. There are no cars. Tourists leave them out of the village and have to travel by water or on foot over the lovely wooden bridges.
The town has 2,620 inhabitants and is famous for its many bridges and waterways. At first it was created on peat and between different lakes. Channels and ditches were dug to transport the peat. Hence, the houses seem built on small islands that can only be accessed through bridges. Most of the more than 176 bridges were built by the neighbours themselves to be able to link their houses with the adjacent streets.
Museum Giethoorn ’t Olde Maat Uus
It is an original Giethoorn farm of approximately 1800. It offers an exhibition entitled: 100 years living and working in Giethoorn. The farm is decorated in diverse styles from the past, such as a grocery store, fisherman's house, and a mill.
Museum Gloria Maris
This museum was named after its most prized possession: a rare shell, called Gloria Maris, that’s produced by sea snails in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The museum’s collection includes many other precious shells as well as jewellery and decorative items.
De Weerriben-Wieden National Park
Giethoorn is located in the vicinity of a large National Park. The Wieden includes about 6,000 hectares, lagoons, reeds, swamps, wet meadows and a unique natural area.