"Giethoorn, a village along the waters" Top 5 Page for this destination Giethoorn by tompt

Giethoorn Travel Guide: 47 reviews and 184 photos

The village owes it characteristic appearance to peatdigging. The peatdiggers dug up the peat-soil at the places that most suited them, mixed it in a trough and spread it out on the land to dry. The result could be cut as peat. This peatdigging led to the formation of large and small lakes. To transport the peat, canals were excavated. Many houses were built on little islands, reached through a high bridge. All the transport, cattle groceries, humans was done over the canals. The special boats, punters, used for this transportation can now be rented to make your own trip.

History of Giethoorn

Giethoorn was founded by a group of fugitives, from regions bordering the Mediteranean around 1230 . They were fleeing for religious prosecution s and the plague. These first inhabitants found many horns of wild goats, which had probably died in 1170 during the St. Elizabeth's flood. They called their settlement Geytenhorn (geit = goat). This name later became Giethoorn.
In the 16th century other religious refugees (Doopsgezinden) came to Giethoorn. The religious background of the inhabitants can still be seen around Giethoorn.

What to see in Giethoorn

Giethoorn has about 2500 habitants. Many of them still live in the 18th and 19th century farmhouses hidden between the trees and wooden bridges. Of course all this is best viewed from the water in a rented boat or on a canal tour.

There are also some museums to visit.

More info about Giethoorn at the VVV (tourist info)
Beulakerweg 114
8355 AM Giethoorn

  • Last visit to Giethoorn: Jun 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
  • Add to Trip Planner (?)
  • Report Abuse

Reviews (5)

Comments (1)

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2004 at 2:09 PM

    We took a motor boat, slow and easy! :-) I loved that place! Had an exhibition of the peat-diggers here last summer 'the mysterious Bog people' - great!


“life is too short to see this great planet”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 1 1 5

Badges & Stats in Giethoorn

  • 5 Reviews
  • 16 Photos
  • 0 Forum posts
  • 6,030PageViews

Have you been to Giethoorn?

  Share Your Travels  

Latest Activity in Giethoorn

Travel Interests

See All Travel Interests (5)