Little has changed in Giethoorn over the years. Here it is possible to admire how a picturesque Dutch village has remained firmly in its origins despite the passage of time. In this village of Overijssel there is the whole story of a people used to living on the water in a country, Holland, which has always been used to living with water.
The inhabitants of Giethoorn were peat gatherers and everything here was built with the activities of the 18th and 19th centuries in mind: the wooden bridges connecting the islets and the beautiful farms built on them. Not even the boats have changed much: the punters are narrow wooden boats that can be pushed with long wooden poles, the punteraar. If tourist boats or those powered by electric motors are not for you, you can always look for a more traditional boat.
“The village of Giethoorn is part of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park and is accessible only by water or via the more than 170 quaint little wooden bridges.”
Giethoorn is about an hour and a half drive from Amsterdam or Shiphol Airport. It is possible to arrive by car and leave it outside the village then continue the visit on foot or by boat, or choose some tours directly from the Dutch capital relying on the knowledge of local experts.