Giethoorn, worldwide also known as the ‘Dutch Venice’. Its many canals make it the perfect place for a day on the water. When visiting Giethoorn it is an absolute must to admire this authentic village from the water. This can be done by a fun canal cruise or by renting a boat.  Annually, Giethoorn attracts around 1 million visitors, with around 800.000 visitors booking a canal cruise or renting a boat.  Therefore, planning well is key to a smooth visit. is a great place to start planning!

About consist of several local boat rental companies which joined forces to offer a wide range of different boats. Giethoornbootjehuren now consists of 13 different boat rental companies and they offer together a fleet with over 210 different boats and sloops which you can reserve up to a year in advance. On the website, you can check the availability and directly make a reservation. You can choose from various boats, for example, whisper boats and sloops suitable for 2 to 12 people. For none of the rental boats, a boating license is required. However, you must be over 16 years of age to rent a boat.

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Popularity of Giethoorn

Whether you’re a tourist from abroad or living in The Netherlands, Giethoorn is a place you should visit at least once in your life. We recommend visiting this village because it’s a lovely, unique experience.

Boat reservation in Giethoorn

To enjoy a day on the water in Giethoorn, it’s advisable to rent your boat in advance. While pre-booking a boat is not mandatory, it’s highly recommended to ensure your boat of choice and avoid long waiting times. Especially with good weather, demand goes up and your options will get scarce! If you’ve failed to make a booking upfront, you can always visit Giethoornbootjehuren to inquire about a boat. However, you might have to wait and not have the boat of choice. To prevent this it’s advisable to make a reservation. Especially, the following periods are particularly busy;

  • Easter
  • Pentecost
  • Ascension Day
  • All weekends from April to September
  • Summer holiday months July and August

Visit the website to rent a boat. The homepage lists all the boats available for rent during a visit to Giethoorn. It’s also possible to purchase tickets for a canal cruise if you prefer not to sail yourself. Keep an eye on the website for the latest availability.

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Bij heb je een groot aanbod. Afhankelijk van je gezelschap kies je de bood aan. We raden deze partij aan wegens het diverse aanbod.

Car parking at boat rental

Around the centre (the car-free zone) of Giethoorn, you can find several parking lots. One advantage of renting a boat in advance is that you are guaranteed to have a parking spot. All boat rental companies which are listed on offer complimentary parking, near the boat docks.

Other facilities boat rental location

For a day on the water, it’s nice to bring some food and drinks along. At the boat rental, there are snacks and drinks available. However, it’s better to do groceries upfront if you want to have a wider variety of options.

Restroom facilities are available at all rental locations, free of charge.

Opening hours

You can visit Giethoorn throughout the year. However, the boat rental companies are closed during the winter. Giethoorn bootje huren is open from March to October. Below are the exact opening hours per month:

  • 10:00 AM – 16:00 PM (October to March)
  • 09:00 AM – 19:00 PM (April, May & September)
  • 09:00 AM – 21:00 PM (June to August)

Sailing route app

Once you’ve rented your boat in Giethoorn, it’s useful to know which direction to head. For this purpose, has created a very handy app with all the sailing routes. You can download the various routes through this app. Note: to download the routes you’ll need an internet connection. Once the routes are downloaded you can view them offline as well. The app includes four different sailing routes varying in duration:

  • 1 to 1,5-hour route
  • 1,5 to 2-hour route
  • 2-hour route
  • 3-hour route

It’s also possible to receive a paper version of the different routes. Feel free to ask for it, at the boat rental!

Address and contact information Giethoorn bootje huren

The office of Giethoorn bootje huren is of course located in Giethoorn. On the map below you can see where the office is located exactly and how to reach them easily.

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Giethoorn bootje huren –
Kerkweg 35
8355BJ Giethoorn
[email protected]



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