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, authentic and green area of the Netherlands.
The old part of the village has no roads (except for bike lanes). All transportation 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 houses.
The easiest way to get to Giethoorn is to book a tour to Giethoorn (from € 85) 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.
Small group tour (maximum 8 persons) to Giethoorn in a luxurious minivan costs € 199. Prior booking is required.
Things 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.
Hotels and vacation parks in Giethoorn
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!
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 line 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.
How to get to Giethoorn from Amsterdam 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.
Enjoy your visit to Giethoorn!
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