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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  • looks like such a lovely place!

    • It’s magical, I highly recommend it.

  • Carmen Jny (carmitive)

    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 –

    • 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 🙂

  • Radulinka

    Looks like a lovely place! ♥
    Meet My Lovely World

    • It really is 🙂

      • Mary

        hello, I am planning to go there next month, I have children so Could you please to suggest me which way we can take ( bike or boat( we never do this)? . Should we spend full day trip or less? thank you very much

        • Hi, Mary! You can see the whole place in about 3-4 hours but if the weather is nice, you can definitely stay there longer than that, have lunch, eat some ice cream, walk around, etc. It really is beautiful.
          I have a daughter and once we arrived, we went on a boat that took us around Giethoorn, then we went on a long walk. Be prepared to be super tired at the end of the day 🙂

  • Carina Vardie

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


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

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

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

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

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

  • Beautiful place 🙂

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

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


    Tamara –