Giethoorn is called ‘The Venice from the North’ because of the canals. Giethoorn is a beautiful village with authentic farms and canals. With the help of a whisper boat you can make a nice trip through the village and the surroundings. Giethoorn is one hour drive from Harderwijk. We find ourselves Belt Schutsloot even more beautiful and it is for certain a lot less touristy. In Belt Schutsloot, you also can rent a whispering boat. Pay attention! reserve at least 1 day in advance, otherwise they are certainly already rented out during high season.

Route: Giethoorn
Route: Belt Schutsloot


Each Saterday there is a open air market at Harderwijk from 8.30am till 1.00pm. Here you find the typical Dutch products as cheese, flowers and ‘stroopwafels’ (sweat waffels with sirop). All loudly announced by the vendors.

The most easiest way is to go there by bike, because there are not many parking spaces.

Travel directions: Travel directions

Open Air Museum Arnhem

The Open Air Museum captures the history
Dutch Open Air Museum captures the history. In authentic buildings, objects and true stories. They take you on a journey through time. Two centuries ago until very recently. There is plenty of life in the museum. On the farmyards, in the farms, houses and mills, the wine taverns and shops.

Living memories
The museum is located in a beautiful park on the outskirts of the lively city of Arnhem. The people working there are proud of their heritage. They tell inspiring stories about the old days.

Are your kids ‘at work’ on the kindererf or prefer to play on the beautiful square Zaanse? Are the pancakes with powdered sugar, hearty homemade soup, or yet that fresh bun from the bakery? And how we travel today? Grab the historical tram or walk through time.

Back to the past
Literally step back into the atmosphere of the old days and get acquainted with the Dutch and their history.

Travel directions: Travel directions to Openluchtmuseum


From Monday to Friday the first two hours you can park for free in the Houtwal garage . Between 8am and 8pm you have to pay at all other places places in the city center. Therefore we recommend cycling: faster and easier.

In the Netherlands there are more and more places where you can pay parking with the app Parkmobile. When you park, you only have to switch on the app and if you are back at the car to switch off the app. The payment goes automatically and you only pay the actual time you parked.

Route: route description by bike
Download: Parkmobile


A mystery lies at the centre of the Noordoostpolder: the former island of Schokland. An archaeological monument full of beautiful treasures. A place between land and water, where people lived for centuries, engaged in a constant struggle against nature. Discover the hidden past of the Schokland World Heritage site.

The Schokland World Heritage Site is an island on dry land in the polder landscape of the Noordoostpolder. The island is 4 kilometres long and 300-500 metres wide. The total World Heritage Site is more than 1,300 hectares. On Schokland there is a Museum and a Visitor Centre – ‘De Gesteentetuin’.

Travel directions: Travel directions Schokland