Giethoorn Netherlands

It is so peaceful, so different and has such simple beauty that it hardly seems real – gently gliding along small canals past old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses.

You can turn down a “side street” (another small canal) and drift under a wooden bridge where an elderly resident may be strolling over to see a neighbor. No this is not Venice, or Amsterdam. It is the Giethoorn village in Netherlands.

It is too quiet, too serene and remote. It is so calm that its nickname of the “Dutch Venice” may give a false impression of size and crowds and commercialism.

Here in Netherlands’s water village of Giethoorn the loudest sound you can normally hear is the quacking of a duck or the noise made by other birds.

Giethoorn is located in the province of Overijssel in the east of the Netherlands, a green and still area.

It is at the centre of Overijssel’s canal system. Indeed, the little village is so dependent on its waterways, many of the houses cannot be reached by road. When the postman delivers the mail he travels by punt.

Giethoorn Things to do:

Being on the water is a pleasant way of spending an afternoon, gently puttering down the narrow waterways, under gracefully arching bridges, past cozy thatched cottages. There are three canal-side museums to visit and the Schreur shipyard, where the Giethoorn punt is built.

Rent a Boat Giethoorn

Take a Boat

Boating has been a popular tourist attraction here for years, with 90km of canoe trails and scores of motorboats to rent, but now, instead of conventional outboard motors, the hire shops stock so-called ‘whisper boats’ – dinghies driven by electric motor.

Giethoorn’s name originates from the first inhabitants’ discovery of hundreds of goat horns (gietehorens) in the marshland, remnants of a 10th-century flood.

Today no goat horns will be found here, but the vegetation is quite distinct still. Here you will find yourself on the edge of vast series of lakes and canals, ideal for row-boating, angling and paddle-cycling.

Canal Cruise Giethoorn

Canal Cruise Tour

The best way to explore Giethoorn and the myriad of canals is obviously by joining a canal cruise. Local skippers will be able to guide you through the place and show you the most important places in this quiet village.

Please Note! It is best to book your canal cruise in advance as there are a limited number of departures daily and the popularity of Giethoorn soared during the last few years. You can also opt for a PRIVATE TOUR HERE.

Active on the water

Taking a canoe can be a favorite way to enjoy the scenic surroundings on the canals. We offer both solo or couple rides!

Pedal Boats or SUP boards are among favorite activities on Giethoorn canals, especially for those who prefer to spend their time more actively.

Active on the land

Footpaths beside the canals are ideal for walking or cycling, and there’s a wide selection of cafes and restaurants on land. From City bikes, Kick bike step or E-bikes, there are many options for every need and preference. Kids bikes too!

For longer trips you can rent our motorized bikes, electric scooters or choppers. But you better check our land rental offers.

Active on the water

Taking a canoe can be a favorite way to enjoy the scenic surroundings on the canals. We offer both solo or couple rides!

Pedal Boats or SUP boards are among favorite activities on Giethoorn canals, especially for those who prefer to spend their time more actively.

Active on the land

Footpaths beside the canals are ideal for walking or cycling, and there’s a wide selection of cafes and restaurants on land. From City bikes, Kick bike step or E-bikes, there are many options for every need and preference. Kids bikes too!

For longer trips you can rent our motorized bikes, electric scooters or choppers. But you better check our land rental offers.

Tour Packages:

Together with our local partner in Giethoorn we have many attractive offers for families, groups and singles like: Cooking workshop, Audio tours or Around Giethoorn packages and more! Check here what TO DO in Giethoorn and plan ahead!

Activities and Games:

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Where to Stay

Accommodation in Giethoorn is an experience in itself. Like the houses, each hotel fits in the picturesque village, surrounded by green spaces and beautiful canals. The offers are varied and limited, it is best to look for what suits you and book in advance, as Giethoorn is a sought after destination. Follow this link to find yourself a place to stay: Giethoorn Hotels

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