Giethoorn is a typically Dutch village in Overijssel, located in the National Park Weerribben-Wieden. This picturesque village consists of numerous of rustic houses which are built on small islands and are connected with the mainland by wooden bridges. Giethoorn was initially established by farmers for turf harvest and this caused the creation of the lakes and canals. Subsequently, the village was accessible only by boat. Still, nowadays the scenery is the same; therefore it is often called Venice of the Netherlands.
Must Do in Giethoorn
• Take a walk in the village near the canal, visit some of the farms through the wooden bridges and enjoy the idyllic environment of this Dutch village.
• Rent a boat and do a mini trip on the canals. I recommend you to rent a boat for 2 hours because you will have the opportunity not to see only the canals but also to visit the lake and enjoy nature in the surroundings. If you rent the boat for an hour you can only see the canals in the village.
• After the walk and the boat trip, you can enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants by the canal!
One day is enough to do these things, however, we decided to stay for the weekend as it is more relaxing. Keep in mind that it is approximately 2.5 hours train ride from Amsterdam, so if you want to do it for a day trip you will be on a hurry and you will not enjoy it.
Where to stay in Giethoorn
There are plenty of options on where to stay in Giethoorn. You can stay either in the village or a bit outside. We stayed at De Dames Van De Jonge Hotel Restaurant, which is a hotel a bit outside the touristic area, only 5 minutes with the bus. This option is good for those who like walking as this area has a nice walking route in nature. Most of the accommodations are located next to the water where you can rent a boat.
How to get there
You can easily reach Giethoorn by using public transportation. From most of the cities, you can take the train with direction to Leeuwarden and stop at Steenwijk station. From there you can take bus 70 which passes through Giethoorn. You can check the timetables and different options at https://9292.nl/en
If you are living in the Netherlands or you are here on vacation, Giethoorn worth a visit if you want to escape from the city and have a relaxing weekend in nature.