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Giethoorn, Netherlands

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GIETHOORN Feb 05, 2017

Thursday, May 21, 2015

This day was set aside to spend with Hans' childhood friends - Paul - Bart - Oga. They met us at the Landal Park and together we went to Oga's house for lunch and to decide what we wanted to do that afternoon. It was suggested to go to GIETHOORN and I loved this idea, as Hans and I haven't been there in years.

A village in the Province of Overijssel, Giethoorn became famous when Dutch film maker, Bert Haanstra made his comedy film "FanFare" there in 1958.

In the old part of the village, there are no roads. All transport is done by water over one of the many canals. Thus Giethoorn, is known as the "Venice of the North" and it has over 180 bridges. In the winter Giethoorn is a very popular destination for ice skaters.

Tourism has had a huge influence on this tiny village. Years ago, I think well over 20, Hans and I visited here and it was so peaceful and quiet. Today, there are hordes of tourists, even bus tours, come here. Giethoorn is very popular among Chinese tourists, with app. 200,000 Chinese tourists every year.

It's so commercial now with boat tours and many restaurants
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vicIII says:
I enjoy visiting such nice places as well...
Posted on: Feb 17, 2017
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Venice of the Netherlands Dec 01, 2008
Giethoorn was founded ca. 1230. The first inhabitants found a great man horns of wild goats there, which had probably died in the flood of St. Elizabeth in 1170. They called their settlement "Geytenhorn" (horn of goats), later corrupted to "Geythorn" which still later became Giethoorn. The village is the result of peat cutting. Because of the digging of peat ponds en lakes arose and to transport the peat waterways and canals were dug. Many houses have, as it were, been built on little islands which can only be reached over the bridges that are characteristic of Giethoorn. Of old transport in Giethoorn has taken place by water in so-called "punters". You can hire these punters and in that way get to know Giethoorn from the water. Of course we can also recommend a round-trip by boat under the direction of an expert. We (Patricia and I, Jan) hope to see you at out meet up in Giethoorn!
JP-NED says:
Okay i come to Bali, you will be there! (LOL)
Posted on: Dec 02, 2008
YantiSoeparno says:
Or vice versa, you cross the two continents and I will wait for you here ;-)
Posted on: Dec 02, 2008
JP-NED says:
Yanti, when you cross the two continents, there is a surprise, you're with me! (LOL)
Posted on: Dec 02, 2008

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