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Canals of Giethoorn in 2014
Canals of Giethoorn in 2014
Coat of arms of Giethoorn
Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Venice of the North[1]
Venice of the Netherlands[2]
Giethoorn is located in Overijssel
Location in the province of Overijssel in the Netherlands
Coordinates: 52°44′20″N 6°4′41″E / 52.73889°N 6.07806°E / 52.73889; 6.07806Coordinates: 52°44′20″N 6°4′41″E / 52.73889°N 6.07806°E / 52.73889; 6.07806
Country Netherlands
Province Overijssel
Municipality Steenwijkerland
 • Total 2,620
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Giethoorn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɣitɦoːrn]) is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is located in the municipality of Steenwijkerland, about 5 km southwest of Steenwijk.


Giethoorn used to be an auto-free zone, 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 (though a cycling path was eventually added), and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. The lakes in Giethoorn were formed by peat unearthing.

Giethoorn was a separate municipality until 1973, when it became part of Brederwiede.[3]


Tourism has had a relatively small influence on the old traditional town. The village, still only fully accessible by boat, is one of several places commonly known as the Venice of the North[4] or Venice of the Netherlands.[5] Giethoorn has over 180 bridges.[6]

Giethoorn is a very popular attraction among Chinese tourists. The village of only 2620 inhabitants sees between 150,000[7] and 200,000[1] Chinese tourists every year.


  1. ^ a b 'Dutch News
  2. ^ Giethoorn, DailyMail
  3. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
  4. ^ "Giethoorn travel guide". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  5. ^ "Photos from Giethoorn, Venice of the Netherlands". Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  6. ^ " Giethoorn guide". Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  7. ^ Dutch:Chinezen in Nederland, Connexion

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