Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Giethoorn is a wonderful village located in Overijssel province, Netherlands. Giethoorn used to be a pedestrian precinct, but nowadays exceptions are made. It became locally famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy Fanfare there. In the old part of the village, there were no roads and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. The lakes in Giethoorn were formed by peat unearthing. The village became nationally famous in 1958 when Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra shot his famous comedy Fanfare here.

The village is small and has only 2,620 inhabitants. There are no roads in the centre, all transport is done by water over one of the many canals (but nowadays there is a cycling path). Venice has gondolas, Giethoorn has punters, traditional flatbottom boats that are used for transport over the canals. Giethorn has a long shape and is separated in three tiny settlements: Noordeinde, Middenbuurt and Zuideinde. The Dorpsgracht is the central canal that connects these separate settlements. The farms and houses are separated from each other by small canals. The bultrugboerderij is a common type of farm in Giethoorn. It seems to have a large bump because the barn is larger than the house in front.

This place is really a traditional village of Netherland. The houses in this village are very typical such as windmolens, Zaanse huisjes, Stolpboerderijen, etc.

Windmolens or windmills are the most eye-catching buildings in the Netherlands and draw millions of tourists every year. In the past, these were not just used to pump water or grain, but also to provide a cosy home. Zaanse huisjes or zaanse houses are usually made from wood. These are still commonly constructed and widely lived in, particularly in the Zaanse area. Stolpboerderijen or Dutch farmshouses are square-shaped Dutch houses with a pyramidal roof.

Giethoorn have many tourism attraction. There are a lot of people come to this village because of its beauty. There, you can go around the village by a boat. In the boat, there is a guider who explains the history and the lifes in this village. And also, you can drive the boat by yourselve. There are many kind of boat for rent.  Beside that, there is a place for taking a photo of you wearing traditional dutch clothes. But it is different from other photobooth in the netherland, it is more unique. There are also some restaurant and caffe for the tourism in the modern part of the village.

The mayority of people in this village are fisher. This is happened because at the end of the canals there is a big lake so people can easily fishing. Almost each houses have their own garage, but the garage is for the boat. There are also people who work as a farmer. in the winter, the canals will freeze. It is usually used for ice skating area. Beside that, you can find some museum such as Old Earth, Olde Maat Uus, and Histomobil. In the museum of Old Earth, you can find an exhibition of precious stones, ornamental stones and minerals, and a terrarium . The Olde Maat Uus is a Giethoornse farmhouse from ± 1800 with an exhibition live 100 years and working in Giethoorn. The farmhouse is furnished in period style, 



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