Blogs from Giethoorn, Overijssel, Netherlands, Europe


Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Giethoorn May 7th 2021 Giethoorn 6th May - I booked two trips today at this unique location and I am glad I did because there was something different to see both times. We started with our virtual guide Stephan on one of the natural lakes, Stephan had travelled to the village from Amsterdam approx 90 kilometres away and hired a small electric boat (know. as whisper boats). This is one of the most popular ways of seeing the village, although during these Covid times the waterways were a lot quieter than pre-covid when the waterways are filled with tourists both walking and on boats,but that made it even more special as it felt like we were there with just Stephan, the swans & the ducks. Giethoorn was established as a settlement of peat harvesters. Peat cutting created the ponds ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Giethoorn June 10th 2018

Sunday the motor home sale places are closed so it gave us the chance to have a day out and explore this part of Holland. I did some research of things to see and do in the area and one place that was worth seeing is Giethoorn a popular picturesque car-free village with its boat-filled waterways, footpaths, bike trails and centuries old thatched roof houses. The fact its built on waterways earned its nickname "Venice of Holland". The village borders a section of Weerrbben-Wieden National Park, a marshy areas once known for its peat and read harvesting. Tourists travel 1.5 hours from Amsterdam to visit Giethoorn, fortunately for us its only about half and hour down the road! It was a lovely sunny day so perfect for an outing to a chocolate box village. We parked ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Giethoorn July 31st 2017

Après l'Allemagne, voilà la frontière hollandaise... Nous comptions bien lors de ce voyage passer par Giethoorn car l'autre fois, impossible de se trouver un petit bâteau pour faire la promenade sur les canaux et impossible tout court de se trouver facilement un endroit de parking et même un camping... Aujourdh'ui c'est lundi ! tout baigne, la foule n'est plus au rendez-vous... Mais avant Giethoorn, passage obligé par Zoutkamp que nous portons dans nos coeurs... Zoutkamp est le village par excellence de la crevette... Heiploeg, que vous connaissez par les crevettes que vous achetez chez vous, est une énorme usine où sont pelées une partie des crevettes alors que d'autres crevettes sont envoyées au Maroc pour se faire éplucher... Nous avons osé passer la porte de la société pour demander si il serait possible de visiter mais ... read more
bye le camping...
passage de la frontière
il y aura des patates pour le petit-déjeuner, le déjeuner et le dîner, peut-être même pour le goûter...

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Giethoorn July 31st 2017

Et nous y voilà... j'ai préféré ne pas vous mettre ces photos dans le blog précédent car il y a pas mal à voir dans cette aventure... Giethoorn est un village lacustre, souvent surnommé la « Venise du Nord » à l'instar d'Amsterdam, de Stockholm ou encore de Bruges. Il se dresse au cœur d'un parc naturel — vaste région de tourbières marécageuses— appelé « De Wieden ». Giethoorn est parcouru de longs canaux creusés lors des derniers siècles pour l'extraction de la url= read more
la barque électrique nous allons utiliser pendant une heure...
le capitaine !

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Giethoorn July 23rd 2013

Today is predicted to be hotter than yesterday (although our daughter Leigh will never believe it can be hot in Holland after experiencing cold weather here at Christmas several years ago) and the way the day had dawned with another clear blue sky we will need to be prepared with sunhats and plenty of water to drink as we walk along the canal paths at Giethoorn. Wim, had wisely decided that riding bicycles for some sightseeing was not a good idea in temperatures that were set to rise to 35C and so had suggested that a short run in the car to the small rural village with a historical past and a combined cycle and walking path beside canals just wide enough for small electric motored boats to cruise along at a walking pace was the ... read more
A canal and path
Two lovely ladies
A bit of Dutch sunbathing

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Giethoorn May 16th 2013

Another day with a great buffet breakfast and we were off to the nearest little town to finish shopping because our time here in The Netherlands is coming to an end. Checked out some bookstores and got some magazines in Dutch, found a great little bracelet for my little granddaughter Solara, i would add a picture but the salesman wrapped it up already. Steve took a great photo of an elderly Lady riding a bike, which is a common sight everywhere you go. In the afternoon we went for a long long walk around Giethoorn and made some more pictures of this amazingly beautiful area. So peaceful here and the birds are Jubilant. There is a stork nest just outside. (photo to follow later).... read more
A piece of paradise

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Giethoorn May 15th 2013

It rained again off and on so we decided today would be the day that we visit the places where I was born and lived. I had previously contacted my old friend Jet (Henriette) and she agreed she would meet up with us. We drove to De Krim in Overijssel and tried to find my old school and the place where one of my uncles and aunts had lived, couldn't find either although some of the neighbourhoods were still familiar. In front of my old home Jet was already was great to see her again after 45!!!! ..years, as we talked it felt as though the years fell away slowly and we both remarked on how great it was to have grown up here (photos), it was wonderful to see her again! Our old house ... read more
.....and now

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Giethoorn May 14th 2013

Today we got of the boat Prinses Christina (photo) and returned to The Netherlands. Since our tourbus trip took six hours on the way to Germany - we were the first ones picked up by the bus -we would also be the last ones dropped off. We also had to be in Zwolle in the afternoon to pick up our rental car and the drive/navigate to our next destination of Giethoorn. So, planning ahead last Friday when we were first in Cologne, we went to the Hauptbahnhof (cental train station) and bought train tickets back to The Netherlands. This way we did not have to sit and wait/wonder when the bus would come to take us back, nor would it take six hours. We had breakfast on the boat with Niko and Yvonne, our tablemates and ... read more
Traveling light
...keeping clean
Peugot, and those are my white knuckles on the steering wheel

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