There are no roads in Giethoorn, the picturesque village known as the “Dutch Venice”. In Giethoorn, the tranquility is almost dreamlike. It’s so quiet because there are no ways for cars to get around, because there are no roads. Locals and visitors to Giethoorn navigate in whisper-quiet ways: by bike, boat or foot. In this hamlet, a collection of small peat islands connected by bridges, you can walk or sail among thatched-roof farmhouses and footbridges crossing the maze of canals. Explore!


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Want to see how life used to be in Giethoorn? That is possible in the Museum Giethoorn ‘t Olde Maat Uus. From personal stories of striking inhabitants, everything comes to the fore about peat extraction and special customs. Only here can you see an authentic Gieterse farmhouse from the inside. The fisherman’s house and the boathouse also give a unique impression of the simple existence in this water-rich village. There is a film, museum shop with coffee corner and there is plenty to discover for children.

A visit to Giethoorn starts in Museum Giethoorn ’t Olde Maat Uus!


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Giethoorn is in the middle of National Park Weerribben Wieden. Weerribben-Wieden, one of the most extraordinary areas in the Netherlands and the largest bog in Northwest Europe. Thanks to human hands cutting peat and reed, a unique landscape was created, full of lakes, waterways, reedlands, marsh forests and quaking bogs. A past full of peat and reed has created a stunning present. Breahttaking nature, endless water and historical villages. Visit Weerribben Wieden.