Although for most the best thing to do in Giethoorn is to chill and admire the canals, ponds and the scenery, there are more possibilities to spend your free time here.

The most obvious thing one can do is to rent a boat here and explore the waterways.

But be wary that in high season, sometimes free boats are hard to come by, so make sure you rent one early in the morning.

But the boat is not the only way you can be on the water here.

Giethoorn boat

Giethoorn boat


You can also rent an inflatable ball, and after you are positioned inside of the big transparent ball, you can literally walk on water … or float.

If you prefer to spend time on land instead, you can rent a bike and explore the village and its surroundings.

By cycling, you will be able to explore the Dutch countryside with farm animals and endless fields.

But if you are more inclined to not do any sport or wearing activity, you can choose to stay in Giethoorn, relax, eat at some of the restaurants there or visit some of the museums.

Where to stay:

Giethoorn is best known for its rural environment and tourism.

Follow this link to find yourself a place to Stay in Giethoorn – a wide selection of hotels and bed&breakfasts reviewed by other visitors.

Museums in Giethoorn

Besides exploring its rural environment and its beautiful surroundings, you could spend some amazing time exploring the local museums:

“Het Olde Maat Uus” Museum

You can walk in the Museum “Het Olde Maat Uus” where you can see and experience how a typical farmhouse in Giethoorn looked like a century ago.

The museum is open Monday-Saturday 11.00-17.00 and on Sunday’s from 12.00. Admission is 4 euro for an adult and 1 euro for a child.

Museum de Oude Aarde

Another interesting museum is the Museum de Oude Aarde where you can find a wide collection of gemstones and minerals.

Adults can enter for 3.50 euro and children for 2.50. From March to October it is open from 10:00 to 18:00 and between November and March it is open from 10:00 to 17:00.

The Histomobil

If you are interested in old cars, there is a specialized museum here as well. The Histomobil provides a vast collection of cars, motorcycles and carriages.