Meet Giethoorn, a fairytale from the Netherlands. We are known as: the Dutch village without roads. Therefore, we as proud locals of the Dutch Venice, get around by boating, walking or cycling. Did you know that many tourists have explored our village before you? Also because of that, we want to show you what life is like in our village. With the aim, that you can visit us well prepared.
The best way to experience our village, is by boat. All about the boat rental options.
Explore our village by walking along all the cute bridges and canals via the 'Binnenpad'.
Cycling is another fun way to get around the village. Feel like a local and take a bike.
Hire a local to show you all the best spots in our village. Private tour guide service.
How to get to Giethoorn
By train to NS trainstation Zwolle
Travel to NS train station Zwolle. There you can take bus nr 70 from Zwolle to Giethoorn.
By train to NS trainstation Steenwijk
Travel to NS train station Steenwijk. There you can take the bus nr 70 or bus nr 270 from Steenwijk to Giethoorn.
How to get there by car
Google, The location of one of our parkings for your exact location to park your car. Remember that, parking inside this Dutch village is not possible. Most of the parkings in our village are free of charge.
Flights to Giethoorn Netherlands
Our village has no airport. So, the focus should be on Schiphol airport or Eindhoven airport. Travel from there by car, train or bus to Giethoorn.
Giethoorn from Amsterdam
Daytour by bus
This is a day tour to Giethoorn from Amsterdam by bus. Costs per person are around EU89. Pick-up at your hotel in Amsterdam around 10.00 A.m for a bus tour. Guided cruise in our village included. At 16.00 P.m the bus leaves back to Amsterdam. At 18.00 P.m you are back at your hotel in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam to Giethoorn
Private tour guide Amsterdam
This private tour from Amsterdam to Giethoorn is for groups up to 8 people. Transport from Amsterdam to Giethorn is done in a mini-bus. Costs per mini-bus around EU 350. Pick-up at your hotel in Amsterdam around 10.00 A.m for a private tour from Amsterdam to Giethorn by mini-bus. Boat tour is not included. At 14.00 P.m the mini-bus leaves back to Amsterdam. At 15.30 P.m you are back at your Amsterdam hotel.
Private boat tour
A private guided tour in a sloop boat is for groups up to 12 persons. Costs per hour starts at EU100 for a small group. You will sail through the Venice of Netherlands in an old Dutch sloop boat. Your private captain will guide you through our village. During the boat tour your captain will tell you all special things about the venice of Netherlands. In combination with a private tour from Amsterdam to Giethoorn discounts are possible.
Boat rental Giethoorn
To really discover our village, you need a boat to sail around and to feel like a local. You can rent a boat at 1 of our 25 different boat rental companies. The cheapest boats are the 'fluisterboot' type. These are suitable for 2 to 4 people and the costs start at EU15 per hour. For a little more comfort, there are open sloop boats for rent. It is also possible to rent a canoe or a sup board.
The guided cruise boat tour takes about 1 hour and follows the tourist village route, through the narrow canals and under the bridges. Most skippers who sail on these tour boats, speak several languages spoken by the skippers. The prices of these cruises vary from EU6 to EU12 per tour per person. This depends partly on the season.
Private boat tour
This is private guided boat tour in an open sloop boat for groups up to 12 persons. Costs per hour starts at EU100 for a small group. You will sail through the Venice of Netherlands in an old Dutch sloop boat. Your private skipper will guide you through our village. During the boat tour your captain will tell you all special things about the Dutch Venice.
M.S. van den Heuvel
Restaurants are well represented in our village. Most restaurants cater to the Dutch visitor. However, there are also restaurants that specifically cater to the foreign tourist. Conclusion, tastes too over.
Burgers & grill
Brasserie de Pergola
Dames van de Jonge
Eetkamer van Giethoorn
Grand cafe Fanfare
Het wapen van Giethoorn
Het Zwaantje Giethoorn
La Piccola Venezia
Restaurant 't Binnenhof
Vishandel Gerrits & de Boer
Dutch Venice of the Netherlands
Dutch water village
Venice of Netherlands
Venice of the North
Village without cars
Village without roads
We would like to introduce our village to you as locals. This small Dutch town, is located in the Northeastern part of the Netherlands. It is 85 minutes drive by car from Amsterdam to Giethoorn. Amsterdam is our capital city of the Netherlands. Yearly 1 million people from all over the world are visiting this town of no roads. Therefore, Geithoorn is ranked in the top 10 of cities being visited in the Netherlands. This Dutch village is well known in the Netherlands but also far beyond. In conclusion, it is hard to name a country, where nobody from that country, has visited the Dutch Venice of the Netherlands. Giethoorn has many nicknames. For example: 'Venice of the North', 'Dutch village without roads' or 'Dutch Venice'.
The part of our village that most foreign tourists will see when they visit us is called: 'Giethoorn village'. This part of our village contains all little islands which are connected by 176 bridges to the mainland. In fact, on all these islands, there are houses (farmhouses) which are built in the 18th and 19th centuries. A walking/cycling path named: 'Binnenpad' runs right trough this area. Tourist shops and restaurants (which are well represented) are interspersed with typical Dutch houses with thatched roofs.
Dutch village without roads
This Dutch village has no roads in the center. Therefore, we speak of a village without cars. Visitors and residents of Geithoorn have to park their car outside the Dutch village on special parkings. That's unique in the Netherlands. However, this car-free area is also referred to the commercial heart of Giethoom. For instance, places where you can rent whisper boats, board a guided cruise, enter a restaurant or visit a museum are all in this village of Giethoorn area. This cycling/foot path ''reffered as'' (Binnenpad) is like walking on a film set.
We live in a social media era. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to wait for your turn to get that perfect picture of that roof thatched house. Above all, your social friends must of course be impressed by your holiday photos. Therefore, is the village of Giethoom our most favorite Netherlands village of all Dutch villages we know.
Venice of the North
All these roof thatched houses in the Venice of the North are often surrounded by deep green well-kept lawns with beautiful flowering hydrangeas. So, in combination with the many waterways with rows of weeping willows along the canals and the 176 bridges you imagine yourself in a romantic fairy tale. However, this town without streets, is one of the top-10 tourist locations in Netherlands. In other words, you are never alone when you visit the Venice of Netherlands.