Giethoorn
Village

Giethoorn village, the most beautiful and fairytale village in the Netherlands. The Dutch village where the inhabitants can only sail around, walk or cycle to transport themselves. Every year, 1 million people visit Giethoorn. Partly for this reason, we as a group of residents created this website. So, you can visit our village well prepared.

Giethoorn village in Netherlands

Giethoorn

We would like to introduce our village to you as locals. Our small village, is located in the Northeastern part of the Netherlands, approx. 85 mins drive from Amsterdam, our capital city. Yearly around 1 million people from all over the world come to visit our town of ''no roads'', this puts Giethoorn in the top 10 attractions in the Netherlands. Our village is of course well known in the Netherlands but also far beyond. This means it would be difficult to name a country, where nobody from that country, has not visited the Dutch ''Venice of the Netherlands''. Giethoorn has many nicknames. For example:

  • Giethorn
  • Venice of the Netherlands
  • Dutch Venice

Village of Giethoorn

Village of Giethoorn
Thatched roof house in Giethoorn

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 hand-dug canals and all small islands which are inter 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

Giethoorn village has no roads in the center. So of course, no roads means also no cars. Visitors and residents of Giethoorn village need to park their car outside the village at special car parks. This car-free area is the commercial heart of Giethoorn, you can find places you can rent whisper boats, board a guided cruise, visit a museum along with lots of choices of restaurants and cafes.  This cycling/foot path known as the 'Binnenpad' is like walking on to a film set.

Social media

We live in the social media era. Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to wait for your turn to get that perfect picture of that roof thatched house. As everyone knows, it is vitally important to impress all your social media friends your holiday photos. For this reason, the village of Giethoorn is the our favorite of all the picturesque Dutch villages.

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 easily imagine yourself in a romantic fairy tale. However, it is important to remember 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.

Plan your trip to Giethoorn

We provide you with relevant info. So, you can make your own plan to visit our village.

Giethorn

Meet Giethorn, a Dutch tour operator and boat rental company in Giethoorn, with offices in Giethoorn and Amsterdam. Our specialty lies in organizing fully catered day trips from Amsterdam to Giethoorn village. We do this for groups of 2 to 21 people. A pick-up service at your hotel in Amsterdam is included. In addition, we also mediate with local entrepreneurs for the best price for our customers, on site. This allows us to offer a sharper price than the competition. A selection of our daytrips:

  • Tulipfields tours
  • Volendam tours
  • Zaanse schans tours
  • Photography tours
Amsterdam to Giethoorn

Daytour by bus

This is a day tour to Giethoorn from Amsterdam is for groups up to 21 people. Costs per person where around the €89 in 2020. Pick-up at your hotel in Amsterdam around 10.00 A.M for a bus tour with Giethorn. 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.

Private tour

This private tour from Amsterdam to Giethoorn village is for groups up to 8 people. Transport from Amsterdam to Giethoorn is done by tour company Giethorn in a mini-bus. Costs per mini-bus where around the €350 in 2020. 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.

Boat tour with private captain
Private captain

Private boat tour
Private boat tour

A private guided tour in a sloop boat is for groups up to 12 persons. Costs per hour will start in 2021 at €110 for a small group and will be coronaproof. You will sail through the Venice of Netherlands in an old Dutch sloop boat. Your private captain from Giethorn 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.

How to get to Giethoorn Netherlands

By train

Netherlands by train and bus
Giethoorn by train

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.

By car

Parking
Giethoorn parking

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. From the parkings it is approx 5 minutes to walk to the village. Most of the parkings in our village are free of charge.

By plane

No airport in 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.

With touroperator Giethorn

With tour operator Giethorn you can travel from Amsterdam to Giethoorn. Giethorn specializes in transporting 2 to 21 people to Giethoorn. They also organize private boat trips through Giethoorn in a luxury sloop. Are you looking for a maximum experience in the Venice of the Netherlands? Then we advise you to book a tour via tour operator Giethorn.

What to do in Giethoorn

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.

Discover the canals by boat

Rent a boat in Giethoorn

Rent a boat in Giethoorn
Rent a boat

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 €15 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.

Canal cruise

Rondvaart Giethoorn
Canal cruise

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 €6 to €12 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 and is coronaproof. Costs per hour starts at €110 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.

Corona measures

Due to the corona outbreak in the Netherlands and the measures associated with it, a visit to our village may require some adjustment. Before you visit us first look at the applicable corona rules.

Boat rental companies 

Boatrental Giethorn

Bootverhuur Arendshorst

Bootverhuur Broer

Dames van de jonge

De Harmonie

Fam Heida

Fanfare

Geythorn

Grachthof

Hollands Venetie

Koppers 

Kruumte

M.S. van den Heuvel

Oort-seinen

Otterskooi (Dwarsgracht)

Pergola

Resort Venetie

Rietstulp

Smits Paviljoen

Wildeboer

Zuideinde

Walking

Walking in Giethoorn

Walking in GIethoorn
Average day in our village

It is allowed to walk on the cycle path in the center of Giethoorn village. There is no separate bike and walk path in our village. So, the bikepath is also used as a bike path, so pay attention. The walkway runs parallel to the village moat of our village. From the footpath you have a nice view of the houses that stand next to the village canal. Each house also has its own bridge. Through these bridges, the inhabitants get to their homes. The bridges of the inhabitants are private property. It is therefore not the intention that the tourists stand on the bridges for the better view or for taking a photo. More information about walking in Giethoorn here.

Dwarsgracht and Belt-Schutsloot

Just outside Giethoorn there are also very nice spots, such as Dwarsgracht and Belt-schutsloot. These Dutch villages can also be explored on foot.

Corona measures

Due to the corona outbreak in the Netherlands and the measures associated with it, a visit to our village may require some adjustment. Before you visit us first look at the applicable corona rules.

Cycling

Cycle in Giethoorn

cycling
Cycling in our village

It is allowed to Cycle on the bikepath in the center of Giethoorn. This bikepath is also used as a Foothpath, so pay attention. This cycle path runs parallel to the village moat of our village. From the Bikepath you have a nice view of the houses that stand next to the village canal.

National park Weerribben-Wieden

Giethoorn is located in Weerribben-Wieden National Park. Miles of cycle paths are available here. Check out our cycling in Giethoorn page for details. Bikes can be hired in our village.

Dwarsgracht and Belt-Schutsloot

Just outside Giethoorn there are also very nice spots, such as Dwarsgracht and Belt-schutsloot. These Dutch villages can also be explored by bike.

Corona measures

Due to the corona outbreak in the Netherlands and the Dutch COVID-19 measures associated with it, a visit to our village may require some adjustment. Before you visit us first look at the applicable corona rules.

Sup

Supping in Giethoorn

Sup board action
sup in Giethoorn

It is allowed to sup on the waters in Giethoorn. The village moat is 4 km long. It's great to paddle through here with a sup board. Do bend down by the bridges. Ever get cheered on, during a sup trip? Well in Giethoorn the other tourists just stand to cheer you on when you come along with your sup board. Moreover, the nature around our village also gives enough sup possibilities. From the village moat you have a nice view of the houses that stand next to the village canal. Look here for an extended sup adventure in Giethoorn. It is possible to rent a sup board with paddle in our village.

Dwarsgracht and Belt-Schutsloot

Just outside Giethoorn there are also very nice spots, such as Dwarsgracht and Belt-schutsloot. These Dutch villages can also be explored by sup.

Corona measures

Due to the corona outbreak in the Netherlands and the Dutch COVID-19 measures associated with it, a visit to our village may require some adjustment. Before you visit us, look at the applicable corona rules.

Skating

Skating in Giethoorn

Iceskating in Giethoorn, that's been a while. The last time you could skate in our village was in the winter of 2018. Of course we know the village of Giethoorn from all that water, those cute houses with thatched roofs and all those bridges. You probably know the pictures on social media, with all those boats sailing through our village. But what is it like in the winter in Giethoorn? When can you even skate in our village? Well, in February 2021 we could skate again in Giethoorn.

Corona measures

Due to the corona outbreak in the Netherlands and the Dutch COVID-19 measures associated with it, a visit to our village may require some adjustment. Before you visit us, look at the applicable corona rules.

Where to eat 

Restaurants in Giethoorn

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

d'Olde Smidse

Dames van de Jonge

De Harmonie

De Kruumte

Eetkamer van Giethoorn

Grachthof

Grand cafe Fanfare

Het wapen van Giethoorn

Het Zwaantje Giethoorn

Hollands Venetie

La Piccola Venezia

Otterskooi

Pergola

Restaurant 't Binnenhof

Ristoranta Fratelli

Smit Giethoorn

Smits Paviljoen

Resort Venetie

Snackbar Geythorn

Steakhouse 

Vishandel Gerrits  & de Boer

Witte hoeve

Supermarket

Plus supermarket

This Plus supermarket is located in the centre of our village. You can park in front of the supermarket. Please note that this parking lot is a blue zone. Don't forget to put down your parking ticket. tip: look for offers in the Plus folder.

Eendrachtsplein 4  8355DL Giethoorn

Top-12 nicknames of Giethoorn

Canal village

Dutch Venice of the Netherlands

Dutch water village

Little Venice

Geithoorn 

Giethoorn Netherlands

Giethoorn village

Giethorn

Giethroon

Venice of the North

Village without cars

Village without roads

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Belt-schutsloot

Blokzijl

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Oldemarkt

Ossenzijl

Paasloo

Steenwijk

Vollenhove

Wanneperveen

Willemsoord

Zwartsluis

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