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History Giethoorn

The history of Giethoorn goes back to the time of the peat makers who dredged the peat to make peat around 1600. Canals and canals were dug to transport the peat. The first inhabitants, the Flagellants, settled in the settlement around 1230. The discovery of the remains of goat horns resulted in the name Geythenhorn, which was later corrupted into Geythorn and eventually changed to Giethoorn.

In the early 1900s, the peat slowly ran out and the peat cutters had to exchange their work for agriculture. Cows, hay and reeds were transported by water with the characteristic ‘punters’. High bridges were built to transport those high loads. The bridges, many waters and punts that were built at that time are still characteristic of the picturesque village as we know it today.

Ushasri Pusuluri,

One of the best boat services in Geithoorn. The staff are so friendly and cooperative. Nice coffee served.

Ronen Mars,

Amazing experience, awesome trip and the price is amazing as well 🤩 The guided boat cruise cost us only 9 euro per person. The tour guide was really friendly and explained us everything, the weather was lovely and the views, ah, the views were so breathtaking, we enjoyed every second of the tour. Thank you for a wonderful experience, hope to visit you again in our next trip! 😫

Celine Hatting,

This was such a fun experience! This boat tour was one of the cheapest advertised, and was offered in several different languages (and a free drink was included). The tour guide was welcoming, informative, and very funny. Sailing along the canals and hearing fun facts about the history of Giethoorn was an experience I'll always remember. I would definitely recommend it!