Giethoorn

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Giethoorn

Cars are forbidden in Giethoorn, which is also called ‘the Venice of the north’ or ‘the Venice of Holland’. This village with a population of 2,500 in the province of Overijssel is best reached on foot, by bicycle or canoe. All of the houses line up along the canals and the punter boat is the most common means of transport.

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Giethoorn, which is located in National Park Weerribben-Wieden, is a unique village in the province of Overijssel where the farms are all connected to the water.

  • Visit Giethoorn and see the beautiful farms in this peat region.
  • Rent a canoe and take your time exploring the canals in this beautiful village.

Car-free

Cars are forbidden in Giethoorn, which is also called ‘the Venice of the north’ or ‘the Venice of Holland’. This village with a population of 2,500 in the province of Overijssel is best reached on foot, by bicycle or canoe. All of the houses line up along the canals and the punter boat is the most common means of transport.

Highlights in Giethoorn 

The entire village of Giethoorn is a highlight in and of itself. It is located in the Wieden, which is part of National Park Weerribben-Wieden. The village’s inhabitants are proud of their characteristic houses with their thatched roofs and canal views. The canals were dug through the centuries and used to transport the excavated peat. This industry also created the big lakes to the east and south of the village.  

Visit Giethoorn 

Let this pastoral village overwhelm you with its charms. Take your time exploring Giethoorn, which boasts over 150 bridges, and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful atmosphere.

To discover nearby

If you are in the neighbourhood of Giethoorn and want to experience more unique natural landscapes, visit the Oostvaardersplassen with its wild horses and unique bird colonies. The old Dutch fishing village of Volendam with its lovely harbour is also wort a visit, as is Lelystad.

Accessibility

Giethoorn, in the province of Overijssel, is about 90 minutes by car from Amsterdam or Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Accommodations

Whether you like a low budget place to stay, a romantic hideaway or a boutique hotel, Giethoorn has a great hotel to offer for every preference and budget. Check out the comprehensive selection and book your perfect hotel here!

  • Water Resort Bodelaeke

    Water Resort Bodelaeke is just a 5 minute walk from the picturesque village of Giethoorn. Enjoy the peace and space the park has to offer.

    Giethoorn, Overijssel

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  • Bungalow park Giethoorn

    Spend the night on one of the peninsulas in the heart of the "Venice of the North" at bungalow park Giethoorn.

    Giethoorn, Overrijsel

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  • Holiday home Bovenwiede

    The Bovenwiede holiday home is right in the old center of Giethoorn. Take the boat through the canals or explore National Park Weerribben-Wieden.

    Giethoorn, Overijssel

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