Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Giethoorn - the 'Venice of the North'

Giethoorn has been on our Holland travel to-do list for quite some time. We had originally planned to head up there with the family last year but as their visit coincided with a week of torrential & generally miserable weather, we never quite made it.

After driving the tulip route around the Noordoostpolder on Monday morning, it seemed like perfect timing to head inland a little to the little village of Giethoorn - known as the 'Venice of the North'. As it was such beautiful weather, Giethoorn was crazily busy. We stopped for some frites speciaal along the main canal leading into town and it was amusing to see the number of people not only heading down the waterway in their boat, but laying on the side of the canal enjoying the sun. We parked the car and walked into the car-free village and although we had been thinking of hiring a boat for the afternoon, seeing the crowds on the canals and then (one of many) boat companies offering 1hr tour of the village for 5 euros made our decision easy: organised tour it was. The boat we were on wasn't too crowded which was nice and we enjoyed a leisurely tour of the village by water. I had read that you can't see Giethoorn by foot which was so not true - there were walkways and bridges (both really crowded, people had to walk single file everywhere, I was pleased we were in a boat!) leading everywhere. However, I still think that a boat trip is the best way to experience the village. Giethoorn was beautiful but didn't quite meet either of our expectations to be honest, but all in all - still a lovely spot to visit on a sunny day.

1 comment:

  1. My husband and I was thinking about Venice, but we have been considering Giethoorn instead since it seems like Hobbiton on water. Also, the randomness of just going there for the heck of it.


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