Giethoorn, known as the ‘Venice of The Netherlands’, is a must-visit during your stay in The Netherlands. You have probably heard of this authentic Dutch village. Giethoorn is a little paradise for tourists and even the Dutch locals love visiting this village. With over 176 wooden bridges, numerous typical Dutch farms, cute houses with thatched roofs and the famous canals, Giethoorn is the perfect place for a day trip. Before visiting Giethoorn it is always useful to provide some handy and practical information beforehand, to make your visit as smooth as possible. On the information portal of, you’ll find various information about the history of Giethoorn, where to book a day trip from Amsterdam, the best parking spots, where to rent a boat and much more.

Established by local residents of Giethoorn

Giethoorn Village is established by 3 proud residents of Giethoorn. Nothing is better than experiencing Giethoorn through the eyes of its residents. It can hardly get any better because they know all the ins and outs of the rich history, contemporary life and important traditions of this typical Dutch village. Giethoorn Village is happy to help you prepare for a perfect day trip in Giethoorn. From useful information to rent a boat, canal cruises or must-visit places, you’ll find it all on there website

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Popularity of Giethoorn

With no fewer than 1 million visitors yearly, Giethoorn is one of the top 10 most visited tourist destinations in The Netherlands. Every year there are many tourists, mainly day trippers, from all over the world to witness the so-called ‘Dutch Venice’. This popular village is an ideal place for a day trip in The Netherlands. There are even several complete day trips from Amsterdam to Giethoorn to join.

From Amsterdam to Giethoorn

It’s also possible to book a complete day trip from Amsterdam to Giethoorn. organizes several complete day tours from Amsterdam through their other travel agency ‘Giethorn’. Their private tours with minibuses can accommodate between 8 and 29 passengers.

Renting a boat in Giethoorn

Traditionally, Giethoorn was a settlement of peat diggers. To transport the peat, various water channels were built. Subsequently, not only peat but also livestock, reeds, and entire households were transported over the water using the specially developed ‘Gieterse punt’ boat. Renting a boat in Giethoorn or taking a canal cruise is one of the most popular activities. Especially, the Dorpsgracht is the favourite point for many tourists to navigate through by boat. You can admire the typical Gieterse houses with thatched roofs on either side of the canal.

Since renting a boat in Giethoorn is the most popular activity, we recommend booking a rental boat in advance. By doing so you can avoid long wait times or the disappointment of no availability. A great boat rental company in Giethoorn is, where several local boat rental companies in Giethoorn are working together. Thus, you have a nice variety of boats to pick from, in different price ranges. Additionally, they have compiled the most enjoyable routes for you in Giethoorn Village’s in a handy app. You can scan the QR code below to download the app directly. Of course, you can also get a map on-site.

Bootje huren Giethoorn

Fun activities in Giethoorn

Besides renting a boat in Giethoorn there are more fun activities. Cycling and walking are also popular among visitors to Giethoorn. It’s delightful to wander along the many canals and bridges. If you choose to go by bike, you’ll be able to explore the surrounding picturesque water villages. If you’re a fan of soaking up some culture, you’ll be in your element in one of the museums or gallery in Giethoorn. After that, you can easily stroll to a souvenir shop for a nice souvenir to take home. Or perhaps you feel like relaxing on a terrace? Then Giethoorn is also a perfect place. There are plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy a bite to eat and a drink. Are you a true cheese lover? Then visit Henri Willig’s cheese shop. In short, there are plenty of fun activities to do in Giethoorn!

Parking in Giethoorn

Giethoorn is known as a village where residents can only move around on foot, by bike, or by boat. Cars are not allowed in the centre of Giethoorn. This makes the village unique, but especially in peak season it can be a challenge to find a parking spot. Giethoorn has around 1000 parking spots around the centre, but on busy days there can be as many as 9000 visitors. You can imagine how difficult it is to find a parking spot then. It is therefore advisable to rent a boat in advance before your visit. Most boat rental companies have parking lots included as a complimentary service.

Best time visiting Giethoorn

You can visit Giethoorn all year round. Each season has is own charm and especially the summer months are very popular. Therefore it’s advisable to avoid Giethoorn during the peak season, which includes the summer holidays and weekends. During these days it can get very crowded. If you’re still planning to visit Giethoorn during this period but want to avoid the crowds a bit, we advise you to admire Giethoorn in the evening from around 5:00 p.m. Especially in the summer season Giethoorn has no closing times, so this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a dining by the water and watch the sunset going down over the many canals and bridges.

Address Giethoorn Village

Het informatieportaal Giethoorn Village heeft ook een fysiek kantoor in Giethoorn welke je kunt bezoeken. Giethoorn Village is gevestigd op het volgende adres:

Giethoorn Village
Kerkweg 35
8355BJ Giethoorn
+31 (0)6 – 333 999 23
[email protected]


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