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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