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Teenage memories

When I was 17 I spent a group vacation week here in Giethoorn. We went out onto the Wieden (Beulaker) daily with the 'punters' ,a narrow open boat that is moved along like the gondola's in Venice.

The area

There are quite a few places around Meppel (main town in the area) that are worth visiting. However, Meppel is on the brink of two provinces, so you would not be able to detect that if you look at my Travel Page.

You could easily cycle between these places. It's a lovely rural area.
Like: Meppel-Staphorst-Giethoorn-Meppel
Or: Meppel-Ruinerwold-Frederiksoord-Vledder-Meppel
Or: Meppel-Steenwijk-Giethoorn-Kolderveen-Meppel
Or: Meppel-Ruinerwold-Kallenkote-Schiphorst-Meppel
Or: Meppel-Staphorst-Zwolle-Meppel

So here goes:

Kolderveen (very rural, dairy farm icecream)
Steenwijk (small town, Unesco heritage site)
Giethoorn (Venice of the north)
Staphorst (beautiful old farms)
Ruinerwold(stone's throw from Meppel)
Kallenkote (Indonesian bird park)
Frederiksoord(colony of welfare)
Vledder(small village, museum of fake art)
Zwolle (largest town in the area)
Meppel (lively nightlife, shopping, printing museum)
Schiphorst (stately home as exclusive hotel/restaurant, stork farm)

  • Last visit to Giethoorn: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Aug 24, 2008
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    I have to re visit your country one day! Ciao!

  • flyingscot4's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Love your images of Giethoorn. It is one of the places I wish to visit, but without a car, it is very difficult to get to. Oh well, It's probably worth the walk. Happy Birthday!!! Don

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    cute - wish Id known about this place in time for previous driving trips around the lovely sights of Holland!..always next time!

  • Nathalie_B's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2005 at 12:30 PM

    Just wanted to see what awaits me on my loong weekend vacation in Giethoorn. Nice page, Anke Thea

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2005 at 4:34 PM

    Good info, lovely pictures. Regards.

  • Irinna's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2004 at 4:32 AM

    Nice page and a lot of information!

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