Giethoorn is a little village in the Netherlands that has remarkably managed to retain its old-world charm and feel despite the domination of modern buildings. The village is well-known among tourists for a number of reasons but mainly because it has no roads and is mostly car-free. All of which makes it a must-visit destination while exploring the Netherlands, not to mention the breath-taking beauty of the place which makes the perfect kodak-moments to look back at. We at HolidayparkSpecials.co.uk offer a fantastic selection of holiday parks in the area, so that you can visit the Venice of the North and enjoy all the attractions that Giethoorn has to offer. Browse through our list of things that you simply must do to experience the most during your Giethoorn holiday.
1. Sailing in Giethoorn
Sailing through Giethoorn during your holiday is highly recommended. The idyllic waterways can sometimes get busy, especially during warmer seasons but the village is compact enough to traverse on foot. The whole village is connected by footpaths and bridges, which are made entirely from wood, and you can visit various museums and monuments during your leisurely stroll. The village was founded by fugitives in 1230, and some of the farmhouses date from the 18th century, so Giethoorn certainly has a lot on offer in terms of history and culture. The beautifully maintained gardens are bordered by stunning flowers and the residents are friendly and welcoming, what better place to visit!
2. A day trip to the Giethoorn Museum
Immerse yourself in the culture of this little village by visiting ‘t Olde Maat Uus, the Giethoorn museum where you will get a feel of what life used to be like in the past. You will get to experience everything from personal stories to learning about the villages’ special customs. There is also a special movie as well as art exhibitions and personal tours that take place in multiple languages for your convenience. After your trip comes to an end you can also pass by the museum store and get yourself a special souvenir so that you’ll always have memories for your time at Giethoorn.
3. Ice skating in Giethoorn
This little village is not only magical in the sunny weather but also during the ice cold winters! When the canals freeze up you can lace up your ice skating boots and glide across the canals. For a unique experience, you can join special ice skating tours and view the village in a different way. Due to the location of the village, you can skate on both the canals and the surrounding lakes. The best time to visit Giethoorn is therefore not only during the summer as you are provided with the best of both worlds!
4. Go boating on the Giethoorn lakes
Sailing on the picturesque canals is one thing, but Giethoorn is situated on the sprawling Giethoorn lakes, where you can enjoy sailing, swimming and surfing. If this kind of thing is really up your street, a holiday at Holidaypark Giethoorn is highly recommended. The park is surrounded by water and breath-taking views, which makes it perfect to rent a small boat and explore the area. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the lakes and admire the diverse range of flora and fauna.
5. Cycling through De Weerribben-Wieden National Park
De Weerribben-Wieden National Park is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in the Netherlands, and comprises the largest peat bog of north-western Europe. The extensive cycling network means that the whole family can rent bicycles and explore the surroundings. After an active day outdoors you can return to the comfort of your holiday cottage and relax in front of the fire. Wildlife includes eels, pike-perch, roach and a range of bird species. If you’re lucky, you might even spot an otter on your journey!
6. Visit the petting zoo in Giethoorn
Just 8km from Giethoorn, you’ll find Residence de Eese, a family-friendly park that is ideal for a holiday with the children. It has a number of different facilities including a children’s swimming pool, children’s club and a petting zoo! The kids can get acquainted with the exotic birds, chicken, rabbits and many more animals during their stay!
7. Spend the day in Zwolle
The city of Zwolle is a lively, Hanseatic city located near Giethoorn. It is a city that is full of art, culture, shopping and restaurants. The medieval centre is perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll, and the lovely parks that we offer are ideal for a family picnic when the sun is shining. The 15th century St. Michaels Church is not one to miss with its Gothic architecture and collection of impressive monuments.
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If you want a taste of the simple-life, why not book a holiday park near Giethoorn and discover what it’s like to visit a city with no roads, no cars, and a friendly village-like atmosphere.