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Giethoorn Travel Guide

Giethoorn Travel Guide

Considered “Dutch Venice,” Geithoorn is featured prominently in the movie “Fanfare.”

Local Customs and Tips

Talk to locals about the best places to visit. Bring a converter that can handle 230 volts at 50 Hz. You may need an adapter with a plug converter for 2-prong sockets.

Visitors recommend Grolsch Brewery for local beer.

Punters refer to boats used in the region.

See the artifacts in the shop of the sunken village of Beulake. Take a picture wearing wooden shoes.


At the Museumshop (mineralmuseum) de Oude Aarde, buy a stone ball, have it cut, and see the crystals inside. Stones come from a Mexican volcano.

Find pottery and a demonstration of how it’s made at Rhoda’s Art and Ceramics.

You’ll find shells, sea-creatures, and shell artwork at Schelpengalerie Gloria Maris.


With their quiet engines, whisper boats are the unique transportation mode of Giethoorn. On weekends, rent a boat before noon or you may have to wait a while, or take guided boat tours instead. Summertime is busy, so make reservations for longer rentals.

What to Pack

Pack light! Bring a guidebook. If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, take first aid supplies, hiking boots, and a raincoat. Pack a fleece-type jacket, shorts or pants with pockets, lip balm, sunblock, and, of course, a camera and SD cards.

Sports and Outdoors

Cycling, boating, and canoeing are popular. You can rent bicycles, kayaks, rowboats, and sailboats.


Eetcafe Geithoorn offers informal dining, a kids’ indoor playground, and a floating terrace.

Smit’s Paviljoen is a prominent landmark because scenes from “Fanfare” were filmed there.

Bull’s serves excellent steak and seafood dishes.

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