The rustic Giethoorn Noord, 22-11-2020

#GIETHOORN : In Giethoorn Noord it is never as busy as in Giethoorn Centrum and Giethoorn Zuid.
Giethoorn (Stellingwerfs: Gietern) is a waterregion village in the head of #Overijssel , in the municipality @Steenwijkerland in the Dutch province of Overijssel and is located between Steenwijk and Meppel.
Giethoorn was an independent municipality until 1973. Together with Wanneperveen, Blokzijl and Vollenhove, it was part of the municipality #Brederwiede . On 1 January 2001, the municipalities of Brederwiede, Steenwijk and IJsselham merged into the municipality of Steenwijkerland.
The village has 2630 inhabitants and is known for its bridges, waterways and punters. It's called the 'Dutch Venice'. Giethoorn is elongated and consists of three neighbourhoods that are always staggered from each other. In the north it is the Noordeinde, then follows the Middenbuurt and finally the Zuideinde. The Dorpsgracht is the central axis of Giethoorn and ends in the south in the Zuideindiger Wijde. The farms and houses are separated by barn ditches over which there are vlonders connecting the house plots. The humpback farm is characteristic of Giethoorn. The farm seems to have a bump because the barn is higher than the house.
Ponds and lakes arose due to the enchanting. To transport the peat, waterways and ditches were dug. Many houses are, as it were, built on small islands, which can only be reached via bridges. Most of the more than 176 bridges are private property.
The only route through the old village by land is a bike- annex hiking trail that runs from the Noordeinde to the Zuideinde and is interrupted only by the Kerkweg between Noordeinde and Middenbuurt. The main traffic takes place over the water. The main traditional craft used for this was the punter, propelled with a punter tree (punting). Nowadays, all kinds of motor propelled boats are used for this and hardly any punting is left.