Giethoorn: on foot or by boat in the Dutch enchanted village

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.”

Visit Giethoorn

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.

Texel: la perla del mare di Wadden

Foto di Evgeni Tcherkasski da Pixabay

Texel è la più grande delle cinque isole olandesi nel mare di Wadden, considerata un’area protetta e patrimonio dell’UNESCO. Su quest’isola vivono circa 13.000 persone e la sua “capitale” si chiama Den Burg. Nonostante la sua posizione decisamente settentrionale rispetto all’Olanda e all’Europa, Texel è senza dubbio un’isola dall’aspetto turistico e più rilassante che mai.

Le ragioni? Prima di tutto con i suoi 30 km di costa, Texel offre uno “scorcio” di mare sia ai fotografi che agli amanti del mare del nord e, in secondo luogo,qui ci sono così tanti chilometri di piste ciclabili che nemmeno una grande città sogna di avere .
Questo significa più sicurezza, silenzio e la possibilità di spostarsi con un mezzo ecologico ed economico in ogni angolo dell’isola.

Panorama di una coppia che pedala verso il faro sull’isola di Texel, Paesi Bassi
L’aspetto naturalistico

Chi pensa di trovare solo spiagge, un faro, chilometri e chilometri di piste ciclabili su Texel, forse non sa che qui come in altre isole del Wadden, molte specie di uccelli marini vengono a “cercare rifugio e casa”. Le dune presenti in alcune zone come quelle intorno a De Koog, ad esempio, ospitano cormorani e platalee.
Arrivando in queste zone attraverso alcuni sentieri vi renderete conto di essere entrati in una vera e propria riserva naturale. Qui può capitare che alcune aree siano limitate per consentire la nidificazione degli uccelli migratori in determinati periodi dell’anno.
Non dimenticare mai che un terzo di quest’isola è considerata una riserva naturale.

Il turismo sull’isola

Spiagge, biciclette, natura e anche il vento.
Se uniamo questi elementi allora è facile pensare che Texel sia una grande attrazione per il turista che ama uno di questi quattro elementi o tutti e quattro insieme. Il 70% del profitto dell’isola e dei suoi abitanti proviene dal turismo. Noleggi bici indispensabili per permettere a tutti di pedalare sui 130 km di piste ciclabili. Una ragnatela se si pensa alle dimensioni dell’isola!

Ma ci sono anche attività da spiaggia come il surf, il kitesurf e tutto ciò che riguarda la balneazione. Senza dimenticare negozi, hotel, ristoranti e tutto il resto. Sette villaggi su un’isola che fa parte di un gruppo di cinque isole che appartengono alle isole Frisone.

è così piccolo il mondo

Texel: the pearl of the Wadden Sea

Image by Evgeni Tcherkasski from Pixabay

Texel is the largest of the five Dutch islands in the Wadden Sea, considered a protected area and a UNESCO heritage site. About 13,000 people live on this island and its “capital” is called Den Burg.
Despite its decidedly northern position with respect to Holland and Europe, Texel is undoubtedly an island with a tourist aspect. and more relaxing than ever.

The reasons? First of all with its 30 km of coastline, Texel offers a “glimpse” of the sea to both photographers and lovers of the north sea and, secondly, there are so many kilometers of cycle paths here that not even a big city dreams of having.
This means more safety, silence, and the possibility of moving with an ecological and economical vehicle to every corner of the island.

Panorama of a couple riding towards the lighthouse on Texel island, Netherlands

The naturalistic aspect

Whoever thinks of finding only beaches, a lighthouse, kilometers and kilometers of cycle paths on Texel, perhaps does not know that here, as in other islands of the Wadden Sea, many species of seabirds come to “seek shelter and home”. The dunes present in some areas such as those around De Koog, for example, are home to cormorants and spunbills. Arriving in these areas through some paths you will realize that you have entered a real nature reserve. Here it may happen that some areas are limited to allow migratory birds to nest at certain times of the year.
Never forget that one third of this island is considered a nature reserve.

Tourism on the island

Beaches, bicycles, nature and even the wind. If we combine these elements then it is easy to think that Texel is a great attraction for the tourist who loves one of these four elements or all four together. 70% of the profit of the island and its residents comes from tourism. Bike rentals that are essential to allow everyone to ride on the 130 km of cycle paths. A spider’s web if you think about the size of the island!

But there are also beach activities like surfing, kite surfing and everything related to bathing. Without forgetting shops, hotels, restaurants and everything in between. Seven villages on one island which is part of a group of five islands which belong to the Frisian islands.

The world is so small…”