Biking, Boating and Walking in and around Giethoorn
National Park Weerribben-Wieden-Rottige Meente
National Park Weerribben-Wieden in Northwest Overijssel is, together with nature reserve Rottige Meente in southern Friesland, the largest continuous marshland area in Western Europe. The tourist highlights are Giethoorn, Wanneperveen, Kalenberg and Ossenzijl. Neighbouring historic towns such as Blokzijl, Vollenhove, Zwartsluis, Steenwijk and Wolvega add extra attraction to a holiday in this region.
This water abundant area is the habitat of hundreds of extraordinary plants and animals (including very rare ones, such as the otter) and of people who have a close bond with nature. The best way to explore this region is by bike, boat (tour boat, electrosloop, rental yacht or canoe) or simply on foot, following well-signposted routes. The variation in the wetland is huge. Here an outdoor cafe; there a bridge. Small farms, meandering rivers, woodland, reed fringes and stacks of reeds, meadows with cows, dikes with sheep. A multitude of cosy hotels, bed and breakfasts and camping sites offers accommodation to tourists from all over the world.