• Giethoorn

    Sail around this unique Dutch village as called Little Venice

  • Giethoorn

    Sail around this unique Dutch village as called Little Venice

  • Giethoorn

    Sail around this unique Dutch village as called Little Venice

  • Giethoorn

    Sail around this unique Dutch village as called Little Venice


Welcome to Giethoorn, a picturesque village in the heart of the Netherlands, often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North‘. With its idyllic canals, thatched-roof cottages, and charming footbridges, Giethoorn offers an enchanting and unique experience that appeals to travelers from around the world. Giethoorn is about 125 kilometres from Amsterdam’s canals. There are several day trips from Amsterdam to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Giethoorn: from tranquil canals to quaint museums

One of the top things to do in Giethoorn is taking a boat tour or renting a “whisper boat” (an electric boat named for its silent engine) and navigating the village’s serene waterways. As you glide across the clear, still waters, you’ll pass charming 18th-century farmhouses, vibrant flower gardens, and over 170 wooden bridges, making for a truly magical experience.

For a taste of local history and culture, visit the Museum Giethoorn ‘t Olde Maat Uus. Housed in a 200-year-old farm, the museum provides an immersive look at rural life in Giethoorn over the centuries. Another interesting spot is the Automuseum Histomobil, which displays an impressive collection of vintage cars and bicycles.

Accessibility: Getting to Giethoorn from Amsterdam

Giethoorn is readily accessible from Amsterdam, making it an excellent day trip option for those staying in the Dutch capital. By car, the journey takes around 90 minutes via the A6 and A32 motorways. For those opting for public transport, take a train from Amsterdam to Steenwijk, followed by a short bus ride to Giethoorn. The total journey takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours. Another convenient option is to book an organised tour from Amsterdam to Giethoorn. This way, you will travel to the Dutch village easily and in a luxurious way.

Prices Giethoorn Tour from Amsterdam

Giethoorn tourPrice
Adults (14+)€ 74.50Book now
Kids (0-13)€ 74.50Book now

Tour availability

The tour to Giethoorn does not depart every day. It is also mandatory to book your tour in advance. Below you can see the availability per day.

Overnight stays in Giethoorn

Giethoorn boasts an array of unique accommodations that cater to various preferences and budgets. If you’re seeking luxury, De Dames Van De Jonge Hotel Restaurant offers plush rooms and fine dining, set against the backdrop of the village’s enchanting waterways.

For those looking for a more traditional experience, consider staying in a charming bed and breakfast like De Pergola. Situated on the village’s canal, this accommodation offers cozy rooms and personal service, allowing guests to experience the authentic hospitality of Giethoorn.

Alternatively, visitors can opt for holiday homes like the beautiful canal-side Bodelaeke Holiday Homes, offering fully equipped self-catering houses, ideal for families or larger groups.

Restaurants in Giethoorn

From traditional Dutch fare to international cuisine, the restaurants in Giethoorn cater to every palate. One of the most popular eateries is De Lindenhof, a two Michelin-starred restaurant offering a fine dining experience with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients.

For a more casual dining experience, visit Grand Café Fanfare, named after the 1958 Dutch comedy film Fanfare that was shot in Giethoorn. This eatery is famous for its traditional Dutch pancakes and scenic canal-side location.

Unveil the magic of Giethoorn

Giethoorn, with its tranquil canals, quaint houses, and hospitable locals, offers a refreshing alternative to the bustling city life. Its easy accessibility from Amsterdam and a plethora of charming accommodations make it an essential addition to your Netherlands itinerary. A visit to Giethoorn ensures a truly immersive experience into Dutch rural life, promising memories that will last a lifetime.

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