Giethoorn is a water village in region Overijssel, in the municipality of Steenwijkerland with less than 3,000 inhabitants. Giethoorn is famous for its bridges, waterways and punters. It is called 'Dutch Venice'. Giethoorn is elongated and consists of three neighborhoods that are constantly staggered.
The Dorpsgracht is the central axis of Giethoorn and ends in the south in the South Endiger Wijde. The farms and houses are separated by plot lakes that surround the house plots. The humpback farm is typical of Giethoorn. The farm seems to have a hump because the barn is higher than the house.
Pisses and lakes formed by the dyeing. In order to transport the turf, you can make vessels and locks. Many houses are built on islets, which are only accessible by bridges. Most of the more than 176 bridges are private property.
The sole through-connection through the old village over land is a bicycle annex hiking trail that runs to the South End of the Noordeinde and is only interrupted by the Kerkweg between Noordeinde and Central Area. The main traffic takes place over the water. The main traditional vessel used for this was the punter, advanced with a punterboom (punteren). Today, all kinds of motor-driven boats are used for this purpose and hardly any attention is paid to them.
Some of the most famous tourist sites in / near Giethoorn De Weerribben-Wieden National Park, the lakes Bovenwijde, Zuideindigerwijde, Belterwijde and Beulaerwijde, Museum farm 't Olde Maat Uus, Shipyard, Museum "Old Earth" Schelpengalerie Gloria Maris and Pottery Rhoda .