Holland’s water village, the little green Dutch Venice, the Venice of the North – Giethoorn, a village in the province of Overijssel, has a lot of romantic names. And it definitely has a lot to offer to all those who want to see a more quiet, green and still Holland.
The old part of the village has no roads (except for bike lanes). All transport is done by water over numerous canals, which make the village very special and spectacular. Giethoorn has over 180 bridges that connect the streets and the houses.
Tours to Giethoorn
The easiest way to get to Giethoorn is to book a tour to Giethoorn (€ 75) directly from Amsterdam. The price is good, as when you travel independently you’ll need to pay almost € 50 for transport only. Joining the tour will let you save time and avoid waiting at the bus stops and stations.
Giethoorn tours departures times:
Summer season (March 23 – October 30): Thursday and Saturday at 09:30. From July 18 till September 3 the tour to Giethoorn will also depart on Tuesdays at 09:30.
Winter season (October 31 – March 22): Friday at 09:30.
In case of no availability on the selected date you can also book this tour in combination with a visit to Volendam (€ 89). It departs on Thursday and Saturday at 09:30 during the summer season.
Small group tour (maximum 8 persons) to Giethoorn in a luxurious minivan costs € 149. The tour operates from April 1 until October 31. Prior booking is required.
How to get to Giethoorn by public transport
Giethoorn is located 121 kilometers away from Amsterdam. A journey from Amsterdam to Giethoorn by public transport will take 2 – 2,5 hours (one way). Use 9292.nl planner to find the shortest root from your hotel to Giethoorn.
There is no train station in Giethoorn. If you are travelling from Amsterdam Central, you need to take a train to Zwolle, and then change to the bus №70. Your final destination is Bushalte Dominee Hylkemaweg. Alternatively you can travel by train to Steenwijk station and then take bus №70 to Dominee Hylkemaweg. Train tickets are available here >>
Please note that bus 70 departs only 1-2 times an hour. We advise you to check timetable of the bus 70 at 9292.nl on the day of your journey to avoid extra waiting time.
Amsterdam to Giethoorn by car
If you travel by car it will take you approximately 1,5 hours. See Google maps for directions.
There is a big and free parking lot in Giethoorn located at Beulakerweg 135, 8355 DD Giethoorn. The village center is only 7-10 minutes walk from the free parking.
What to do in Giethoorn
- rent a small electric boat or order a group guided canal tour to explore the canals and take photos of the beautiful thatched-roof farmhouses.
- enjoy your lunch on Grand Cafe Fanfare open terrace (if you are lucky with the weather). The place is named after the famous comedy Fanfare, filmed in Giethoorn by the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra in 1958. This movie has actually made Giethoorn a well-known place!
- explore the outside of village and its corners off the beaten track. You will see an even more cosy and peaceful face of Giethoorn.
Accommodation in Giethoorn
Making a two-way journey to Giethoorn in one day can be exausting. To make your visit in Giethoorn more relaxed and enjoyable we recommend you to book a place to stay. Giethoorn offers a wide selection of hotels and B&Bs. Staying in a traditional Giethoorn house is definitely something to experience! Check prices and availability >>
Enjoy your visit to Giethoorn!