Things to do in Giethoorn, Netherlands

July 18, 2016
Things to do in Giethoorn

Do you remember my all white outfit from our trip to Giethoorn? I mentioned that I wanted to make a travel post and share all the things to do in Giethoorn. It’s a place that is worth visiting because it’s such a unique destination.

Where is Giethoorn you say? And why should I go there?

Located in northern Holland, Giethoorn is known for being the Venice of the Netherlands. Water surrounds this tiny village, and you can only go around by boat, bike or by foot. If you visit at the end of spring or the beginning of summer, you’ll be amazed by all the green vegetation and blooming flowers. It’s magical! It takes about 3 hours to go from the Hague by train, or 2 hours by car. If you’re traveling from Amsterdam to Giethoorn, it will take 1h 30min by car and 2 hours by train.


Things to do in Giethoorn

Things to do in Giethoorn

1. Rent a boat

Make sure to arrive early in the morning so you can rent a private boat and take it throughout the village. Many tourists visit Giethoorn, so if you arrive after 11 am, you will have more difficult time renting a private boat, group and tourist boats with available seating are also available every hour.

Travel to Giethoorn

The Venice of the Netherlands

2. Walk

The village is not that big so you can easily walk through it and enjoy the beautiful scenery, snap some pictures and visit some of the museums and dining options.

Nature in Giethoorn

3. Grab a bite

There are many little cafes and restaurants throughout the village. After the boat tour, we went walking and found a nice restaurant with delicious food and drinks, called De Grachthof.

4. Souvenir Shopping

If you like buying unique keepsakes from the places you visit, go to one of the many shops in the village. There are all kinds of souvenirs and trinkets to choose from.

5. Visit the museums

There are three museums in Giethoorn – Het Olde Maat Uus Museum, where you can visit a typical farmhouse and experience it the way it looked a century ago; Museum de Oude Aarde has a collection of gemstones and minerals; and the Histomobil provides an extensive collection of cars, carriages, and motorcycles.

Olde Maat Uus Museum in Giethoorn

Giethoorn, Netherlands

Restaurant in Giethoorn

The Venice of the Netherlands

Don’t forget to get some ice cream or a delicious frozen lemonade! We went on a really hot day, so anything cold was an absolute welcome.

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  • Reply yuka July 19, 2016 at 9:58 am

    looks like such a lovely place!

    • Reply Desimira July 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      It’s magical, I highly recommend it.

  • Reply Carmen Jny (carmitive) July 21, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I’m so in love with the Netherlands! I’ve been there only once but I really want to come back. This place looks so pretty, thank you so much for sharing 🙂
    xx, Carmen –

    • Reply Desimira July 25, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Me too, I love this country. I’m glad we get to live here for a bit and get a real taste of the dutch lifestyle 🙂

  • Reply Radulinka July 21, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Looks like a lovely place! ♥
    Meet My Lovely World

  • Reply Carina Vardie July 23, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve never visited it, but it looks fantastic, not to mention relaxing!


    • Reply Desimira July 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      It’s a truly beautiful place 🙂 you’d love it.

  • Reply The Fashion Folks July 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    It looks so lovely, would love to visit! Such a sweet place! Xx

  • Reply Dora Toubanaki July 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Love the photos! Seems like such a picturesque place!!
    Thank you for the post!
    Love your blog! Followed on bloglovin!

    • Reply Desimira July 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you liked the post 🙂

  • Reply Desimira July 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Hope you have a chance to make it out there 🙂 x

  • Reply Maray July 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Beautiful place 🙂

  • Reply Tatjana July 27, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    What a beautiful place!
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Much love,

  • Reply Tamara July 27, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    These pictures are amazing, it looks like a lovely place!


    Tamara –

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