It’s not Venice but the main way to move around is by boat. It’s not Amsterdam but you can go everywhere by bike. Meet the unique… “Giethoorn”
It is so peaceful, so different and has such simple beauty that it hardly seems real. The small canals, pretty thatched-roof farmhouses and charming wooden bridges all over the town where an elderly resident may be strolling over to see a neighbour. Perfect and peaceful!
Giethoorn’s name originates from the first inhabitants’ discovery of hundreds of goat horns (gietehorens) in the marshland, remnants of a 10th-century flood.
Today no goat horns will be found there, but the vegetation is quite distinct still. Here you will find yourself on the edge of vast series of lakes and 90km of enchanting canals, ideal for boat rides, angling and paddle-cycling.
What to do in Giethoorn?
The most obvious thing one can do is to rent a boat here and explore the waterways.
But be wary that in high season, sometimes free boats are hard to come by, so make sure you rent one early in the morning or a private tour to guarantee your boat.
You can also rent an inflatable ball,and after you are positioned inside of the big transparent ball, you can literally walk on water … or float.
If you prefer to spend time on land instead, you can rent a bike and explore the village and its surroundings. By cycling, you will be able to explore the Dutch countryside with farm animals and endless fields.
But if you are more inclined to not do any sport or wearing activity, you can choose to stay in Giethoorn, relax, eat at some of the restaurants there or visit some of the museums.
TOURS IN GIETHOORN!
WHERE TO STAY
Source & photos: http://giethoorntourism.com