When talking about Giethoorn, some people will say that it is super touristy; some people will tell you how much they love the village, and others may have never heard about it.
Are you curious about how a village located in middle-east in the Netherlands can attract so many visitors, and how local’s life is there?
The answer may start from a famous old Dutch movie called Funfare…
Giethoorn & Fanfare
Fanfare is a Dutch comic film from 1958, directed by Bert Haanstra. The film was shot in the village of Giethoorn and is one of the milestones in Dutch film history. The screenplay was written by Bert Haanstra and Jan Blokker.
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE FILM?
The recording of Fanfare has been an unforgettable event for both the village of Giethoorn and Bert Haanstra. Giethoorn was in a way already a tourist attraction before the release of the film, after Fanfare the flow of visitors really got going!
The film has put the village on the map forever. From far and wide people come to the village from the film, gradually more and more tourists from abroad. Anyone who had seen Fanfare, and there were few, would like to see where it all happened. A reporter from Het Parool, who came to have a look in the spring of 1959, even spoke of 'a fever': 'Febris fanfarica geythornensis'!
Mrs. Waaijer, then owner of the cafe, immediately after the film renamed her cafe as cafe Fanfare. And it has remained that way to this day. Anyone who is currently visiting the Fanfare will step into the film a bit. It is full of photos and other memories, such as Rudi Meyer's ship's horn.
The arrival of all these tourists in the village also required more and more modern facilities. The Bovenwiede, which was only a few centimeters deep in a few places, was deepened so that sailing boats could also sail. The waterways connecting the various ponds were improved and roads were built with the remaining sand. The village moat was dredged and provided with new walls. Now the motor punts were able to sail around, undisturbed and without damage.
With the increase in tourism, the prosperity of the middle class also increases. For example, the old grocer Petter was able to have a modern retail building built, including a newly paved road. In the old case, the food still had to be delivered by punt.
Today, about 1 million tourists from home and abroad visit the beautiful water village. She still enchants everyone. It is not without reason that Giethoorn is still affectionately called 'the Green Venice'!
HOW ABOUT THE ACTORS?
The Gieterse population saw a star cast of Dutch actors and actresses appear in the village during the filming for Fanfare, in 1958. For Herbert Joeks, Riek Schagen, Andrea Domburg, and Albert Mol, the film was a breakthrough in their career. They had successes for years on TV and in films and theater.
Actress Andrea Domburg decided to live in Giethoorn immediately after filming and bought a house there; her sister - married to the well-known actor and humorist Rijk de Gooijer, soon followed her example.
In the wake of De Gooijer, many famous artists moved to Giethoorn and the surrounding area in the 1960s and 1970s, including writer Eelke de Jong, draftsman Peter van Straaten, and writer Herman Pieter de Boer. Writer Marjan Berk, a good friend of De Gooijer, lived in neighboring Kalenberg for many decades.
Their adventures were described by writer Eelke de Jong in the book Mae West in Giethoorn (1978, Loeb & van der Velden). The book is based on the serial cattle farmers' diary, which appeared in Haagse Post (the current weekly newspaper HP / De Tijd) in 1973-1974. | TripCell