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Giethoorn Travel Guide: 54 reviews and 184 photos


Giethoorn was founded somewhere about 1230 by fugitives from the mediterrenean. The first inhabitants found a mass of goats horns of wild goats. It is assumed they died here during Elisabethflood in 1170. So the new citizens of Giethoorn called their town Geytenhoren (dutch for Goats horn). Later the name became Geythorn, and after that Giethoorn.

Today's village finds it's in the days of the "Turfgravers". All the canals today where made by those people to transport "turf", which is an old kind of material to fire up the fireplace. This was used instead of coals, oil and wood. The big lakes around Giethoorn are most of the time only one meter deep. That is the place where they dug the "turf". The houses were built on the isles. The houses only could be reached by boat, a so called "punter" or by walking the small paths and typical bridges.


Today Giethoorn is a wellknown tourist attraction, but it still managed to keep it's identity.

You can hire all kind of boats to sail yourself through the canals and lakes. You can make an hours boattrip to explore the town and surrounding area.

And there are a few nice museums like:

Gemstone Museum De Oude Aarde
Museum 't Olde Maat Hus

and some nice craftshops and restaurants.

The most attractive thing to do here is boating!


Cycling or boating the area is the best thing to do. You can see far more places, then by car.

Once out of the town, passing the fields you feel the rest and peace of this area.

Time is not important here! Just relax and enjoy the tranquillity.

Useful link on this area:

Kop van Overijssel

Don't forget to check my travelogue!

Greetings Roeffie

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice relaxing place must of the year!
  • Cons:A little crowded in July and August
  • In a nutshell:Great place to be, a must see to all our guests!
  • Last visit to Giethoorn: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    I went to Giethoorn on a terribly cold April day, so it wasn't really an option to take a boat trip. But the village is lovely.

  • Aug 6, 2003 at 7:10 AM

    Giethoorn looks lovely !! thanks for the info !!


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