One of the most special areas in the Netherlands and the largest peat bog area in northwestern Europe.
One of the most fun things we discover in Overijssel are villages with remarkeble names.There is a small village called 'The Netherlands' and nearby is 'Muggenbeet' (translated: Mosquito bite). A little further on is Belt-Schutsloot, a small authentic village with a lot of water in and around it. They call is little sister of Gierhoorn, maybe less known, but for sure as beautifull. Up till 1959 the village was only reachable by water. The authentic character has never lost, the water village is still hidden in nature between lakes, canals and reed lands.
On this page you will find information about the surrounding villages & tips for trips.
Also called the green Venice. Characteristic about Gierhoorn are the beautiful canals, the arch bridges and the Farms with thatched roofs. Giethoorn has a lot to offer: varying from museums to a shell gallery, a pottery and sailing with the whisper boat
Ossenzijl probably owes its name to the Osse family, who operated a lock (zijl). You are here in the middle of the Weerribben. All information about De Weerribben regarding the origin, history, management, flora and fauna can be found in the Nature Activities Center of Staatsbosbeheer. The nature trail starts from the center, which is signposted.
Known since the 14th century for its butter and piglet markets, the place name comes from from "old market". Some historic buildings and facades can be visited. It's a thriving place. You can go here for your daily groceries, bank facilities and doctor's post.
Nowadays Lemmer is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Friesland. Both on the water and on land. Due to its location at the IJsselmeer and the Frisian Lakes, many water sports lovers come to this old fishing village. The most known attraction is the D.F. Wouda gemaal, this is the largest working steam pumping station in the world. Lemmer Beach is located in Lemmer and next to the IJsselmeer. At this beach you will find a beach pavilion, terraces and the center of the village is nearby.
Blokzijl is a beautifully restored monument town rich in history and unique because of its varied range of recreation. In the Gouden Eeuw (the golden century, 17th century) was Blokzijl a blooming tradetown located next to the Zuiderzee (now IJsselmeer). In the center you will find a 17th century church, which was one first Protestant churches in the Netherlands. In museum 't Gildenhuys you will find eveything about Blokzijl from the past and present.
The old town of Steenwijk is the economic and social-cultural center of Northwest-Overijssel. Steenwijk is located in a beautiful landscape with among others three estates which form a contiguous area of 1200 hectares. The 25 meter high watchtower on the Woldberg is recommended to visit.
There are many tjaskers next to the Spinnenkopmolen. There used to be dozens of them. They were portable and were set up in the area where peat was being dug at the time. For a long time, Kalenberg, in the middle of the Weerribben, was the only inhabited area between the "weren", the canals between the narrow strips of land (ribs) created by the peat bogs. Part of the village can only be reached by water.
The village Nederland (the Netherlands) may sound a little bit weird, but how funny is it that there is a village called the Netherlands in the Netherlands? The tiny village has about 25 inhabitants. The village is visited often through hike-, bicycle, and canoe paths. When it's freezing, the village is also loved bij ice skaters. The Zuiderzeepad and the Overijssels Havezatenpad pass through the Netherlands.
The residence of Overijssel used to be located here. In the mid-17th century it was called the city of palaces because the town had many manors. Including Marxveld, now on display as a garden complex. Vollenhove is a characteristic Zuiderzee town with historic buildings and ruins.