Enjoying Giethoorn

Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands

Cycling route: 213310

based on 11 reviews

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38.0 km
02:14 h
670 kcal
6 m


Giethoorn is known as the Venice of the North. With its many bridges and waterways, this picturesque water village is an experience in itself. To transport the peat, canals and ditches were dug here. This created small islands, on which houses were built that can only be reached via bridges. There are dozens of characteristic national monuments in Giethoorn. The only through-land connection is a cycle and walking path that runs right through the village. A lot of traffic takes place over the water, via so-called punts that - just like the gondolas in Venice - are propelled with a punt boom.

The surroundings of Giethoorn are also more than worth a visit. You drive through the beautiful nature of De Wieden, which is part of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park. This water-rich nature reserve in the Kop van Overijssel is an oasis of space and tranquility. Here you see puddles and ditches, vast reed lands, hay meadows full of flowers and dense swamp forests. However pristine the landscape may look, De Wieden is a cultural landscape. From the fifteenth century, peat was dredged here and laid to dry on narrow fields so that the peat could be used as fuel.

In old mining villages such as Nijeveense Bovenboer, Nijeveen and Kolderveen you can still see beautiful old farms. In Meppel you will pass the striking water tower from 1883. The tower has a height of almost 40 meters and a water reservoir of 230 cubic meters. Zwartsluis is a picturesque village that lies at the point where the Zwarte Water and the Meppelerdiep meet. The town was once the transit port for the transport of peat from Drenthe to Holland.

Parking Hotel Windmill Museum Water tower

Height Profile


# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats centrum (8355AW, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
60 (8355AD, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 0.72 km
53 (8355VG, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 2.42 km
Histo Mobil (8355CH, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 3.63 km
52 (8355CR, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 5.30 km
51 (Hevenweg, 8356VX, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 7.71 km


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