Giethoorn; finally.

It has taken me since Sunday to actually getting round to writing and editing the photographs I like from my trip to Giethoorn. Giethoorn is a mostly car-free village in the northeastern Dutch province of Overijssel. It’s known for its boat-filled waterways, footpaths, bicycle trails and centuries-old thatched-roof houses. It borders a section of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, a marshy area once popular for peat and reed harvesting. Needless to say much fun was had with @catwith8lives in a rented boat on the canals and lake.

It was my second trip to this village and the weather was much more cooperative, it was mostly sunny and cloudy which which made for impressive skylines. This trip was also much more relaxing without the time constraints of being on an organised tour.

I have added my favourite photographs below. As always, click to enlarge if your on a desktop :-)


Village of Thatched Houses

Excellent day trip to Giethoorn, a little north and east of Amsterdam. Giethoorn's name originates from the first inhabitants discovery of hundreds of goat horns (giethoorns) in the marshland which were remnants of a 10th century flood.

Described as the 'Venice of the North' - quiet, serene and remote.  Remote yes, quiet - not so much, especially not on as beautiful a day as I visited. The economy of the village is based almost entirely on tourism so it was not a surprise how busy it was.  I have posted some pictures below of the village, and more can be found in the Giethoorn gallery page.



Have decided to spend my Sunday in Giethoorn, described by many as the Venice of the North. Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel.  The village is characterised by its many canals and no raods, the only access to it is on foot over wooden arch bridges.  The villagers use punters or boats to get around. The forecast is for sunny weather so I will hopefully be able to post some good photographs.

I am travelling with Cherry Travel & Tours and there are still places available if you are interested in going (link goes to the Facebook event page).  Photo courtesy of Cherry Heung.