The Dutch version of Venice
Giethoorn is one of the most picturesque villages of the Netherlands and is entirely car-free. Join us on a private Giethoorn tour and explore the town by walking the water’s edge. You can also enjoy a boat ride and cruise down the village waterways. Take note to duck under wooden bridges, and learn about life in the area. Join our private guide on a Giethoorn tour and get to know this amazing place!
It is truly a peaceful place and unique place has such simple beauty that it hardly seems real – gently gliding along small canals past old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. You can turn down a “side street” (another small canal) and drift under a wooden bridge where an elderly resident may be strolling over to see a neighbour. No this is not Venice or Amsterdam. It is so calm and charming that its nickname: “Dutch Venice” may give a false impression of size and crowds and commercialism. Here in Holland’s water village of Giethoorn, the loudest sound you can normally hear is the quacking of a duck or the noise made by other birds.
What is there to do in Giethoorn?
In Giethoorn, a typically Dutch village in Overijssel, you can perfectly see how the Dutch love to live with and on the water. In an environment full of lakes, reed beds and forests lies this picturesque village with its many amazing farms with thatched roofs and characteristic wooden bridges.
Giethoorn was established as a settlement of peat harvesters. Peat cutting created ponds and lakes, and people built houses on the islands between them. As a result, access was only possible by bridge or using traditional Giethoorn boats, so-called punters – narrow boats pushed along using a long pole by a punteraar.
Fortunately, little has changed in Giethoorn. The tall wooden bridges are still there, and you can still travel the waters on a punter, as well as on an electric boat or a tour boat. A 1 or 2-hour boat tour takes you past the gorgeous 18th and 19th-century farmhouses and under the bridges.
More in the area
Not far from Giethoorn, you will also find such old Zuiderzee towns such as Vollenhove and Blokzijl. There, you can stroll past historic buildings, ancient churches and castles, and have a moment of pure enjoyment on a terrace by the water’s edge. And, if you like exclusive restaurants, be sure to visit the top-level restaurant Kaatje bij de Sluis * in Blokzijl. For nature lovers, National Park De Weerribben-Wieden is highly recommended.
Customized your private Giethoorn tour to your wishes
Customize your private Giethoorn tour! On route back to Amsterdam there is time for 1 extra stop. Let us know what you like to see:
- Castle Muiderslot
- Outlet shopping
- Batavia, 17th-century VOC shipyard
- largest tulip fields of the country (only in season)
- or a personal request
Get in touch with us to experience a Giethoorn Tour and enjoy the Dutch Venice with us!