If you love sailing, then you’re going to love the activity more in Giethoorn. It is one of the most laid-back ways to explore the village and its nature reserves. 

Sailing in Giethoorn means you’ll be in a “Dutch punter.” This is a real Gieter’s vessel, which is suitable for beginners and experienced sailors. The Dutch punters are a dory-type double-ended that don’t come with a rudder or skeg. Originally, farmers used them in the polders to milk cows while they were also used for general transport. 

What To Know About Sailing In Giethoorn

You can rent a Dutch punter for a couple of hours or even for days. As you go through the canals of the village, why don’t you explore the nature reserve Weerribben Wieden while you’re at it? 

Some other tips to make the most out of your sailing experience: 

  • Ask the boat landlord for secret spots. Trust us, he or she will let you in on some secrets. 
  • Bring a well-stocked picnic basket if you plan to sail for hours. That way, you can stop at a spot in the village where you can eat. 
  • There are numerous boat slopes in the area where you can sail through the beautiful nature reserves. 

The Village Canal Is A Different Story

You can’t sail in the canals in the village, but you can punt!  This is what the experience is all about, which means you shouldn’t miss it. While you’re punting through the village, you can stop over at The Old Earth museum or visit the Rhoda Pottery. 

If you’re not a fan of sailing, you can rent a boat instead here. 

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