Belt-Schutsloot can be mentioned in the same breath with Giethoorn. She is beautiful and characteristic and is known as a water village. The relationship with the water goes back a long way. It is a bit hidden, but when you get there you are also completely absorbed. 12 minutes further you are in Giethoorn where you can park for free. Belt-Schutsloot, in winter a beautiful rustic place, surrounded by water and nature, but in summer it almost bursts at the seams. Then Belt-Schutsloot becomes the tourist center for water sports enthusiasts. The small village (550 inhabitants) is located in the middle of nature reserve De Wieden. The surroundings can be admired beautifully from the water.
Belt-Schutsloot is located between the waters Arembergergracht, Schutsloterwijde and the Kleine Belterwijde. Water sports enthusiasts make up the bulk of the tourists in the summer. The village therefore has many campsites and marinas. But cycling enthusiasts also like to cycle through Belt-Schutsloot. The popular Wieden cycle route runs right through the village. In the vicinity of the village there is a swamp area with a maze of small canals and lakes. Here you will find a variety of plants and birds, which are quite unique in Europe and an area that is freely accessible by boat.
It once started with two villages; Belt (Zandbelt) and the Schutsloot located on the Schutsloterwijde. Over the years it has become one village. The village owes its water-rich character to the peat cutters, who cut peat in large parts of northwestern Overijssel in the early 1900s. Nowadays a canal runs right through the village, through which pleasure yachts sail. In the middle of the village is a small lake, the 'Belterwiede', in which you will also find the harbor.
Highlight of the year Every year, just like in other villages in the Kop van Overijssel, the Gondelvaart takes place in Belt-Schutsloot. The second Friday of August is always a big party in the village. According to many, it is the highlight of Belt-Schutsloot.