Giethoorn, Netherland

Giethoorn, Netherlands

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Also known as “Dutch Venice”, Giethoorn is a beautiful village in The Netherlands. Traveling in the village will make you feel like you’re in a movie scene. Cars are not allowed in the village, and visitors and the inhabitants can only sail around, walk or cycle to get around. Most tourists visit the part containing endless canals and many small islands interconnected by 176 bridges to the mainland. You can either walk around a path called ‘Binnenpad’ or travel in the canals.



Approx. Duration

Half – full day

Accessibility Level

Accessibility Level – Medium

Local Currency


Price Level

Min. Price



Giethoorn, Netherlands

Spoken Languages

Dutch (official language), Frisian is spoken in the northern province of Friesland. English, German and French are widely spoken.

Recommended Age

Babies, Kids, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Any Age

Pricing Details

Free. Renting a boat varies based on your choice.


230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard


Additional Information

When you arrive, you will park your car outside the village (in one of the free parking lots) and start your trip. You can visit the museum or one of the many restaurants and cafes in the village. Then, choose either you prefer to get on a boat (private, board on a guided tour, or rent a boat with a local private guide) or walkcycle the ‘Binnenpad’ route. If you choose to cruise the canals, you have over 15 companies that offer different boat rentals. If you decide to walk/bike, please note that there are no separate bike and walk paths in our village.


This small village has around 1 million visitors a year and for a good reason. You’ll feel like you stepped into a fairytale. The village is part of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, a marshy area once popular for peat and reed harvesting.

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Best Time To Visit

You can travel Giethoorn all year long but expect cold weather and possible rainy/snowy days most of the year. Most tourists visit during the nice weather of August or in December for Christmas. June through August (summer) offers comfortably cool weather. September through November (Fall) still offers nice weather, with a comfortable temperature during the day and chilly nights. Wintertime (December through February) is cold, and you should expect rain or snow. quick tipRemember to check the weather forecast a few days before the trip and before heading to the airport.

Flights & Accommodations

Rain could catch you all year long so make sure, even in the summer, to pack a light jacket that can also protect you from unexpected rain. You can find amazing jackets for men, women, and kids on Amazon (I haven’t personally tested these ones).

Events & Festivals

Before planning a trip around an even, verify the dates on the event website or local tourist info center.

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