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Giethoorn: Exploring One of Holland’s Charming Towns

Giethoorn is a very small town in Holland located in the province of Overijssel and has a total population of around 2.600 people.

Many things have been written and told about this city and most of them are true!

Yes! It is true that it is one of the most beautiful towns in the Netherlands, but this has also some negative implications!

Giethoorn Netherlands Countryside town in Holland
Giethoorn Netherlands Countryside Channels Houses

Being so popular among tourists the town became very crowded, especially during the peak season and that is why it might lose a little from its charm and authenticity.

A few information about Giethoorn town in holland

The town is fully accessible just by boat and there are many streets and parts of the country where you cannot go without a boat.

The town is also known as the Venice of the North with a total number of 150 bridges spread all over the city.

Giethoorn was settled during the XIII century by the Franciscan monks and was part of a natural reserve.

The canals from the city are man-made and were made by the monks with the purpose of transporting peat.

The canals are pretty narrow and most of them don’t have more than 1 meter deep.

Even in our days, everybody has a kayak, a canoe or a boat. Even the mail is delivered by boat! Isn’t it interesting?!

Things to do in Giethoorn town in Holland

The best way to relax and enjoy the view is by taking a cruise along the canals. The view is absolutely great and the experience worth every penny.

Giethoorn Netherlands Countryside Channels Houses
Giethoorn Netherlands Countryside Channels Houses

If you are a museum lover, then you should know that in Giethoorn there are 2 main museums: “Het Olde Maat Uus” Museum, where you can see how a typical dutch farmhouse looks like and Museum de Oude Aarde where a large collection of minerals and gemstones are displayed.

The best way to end your day is sipping a glass of wine in a restaurant with a great view over the canals.

If you plan to visit Giethoorn you should know that you can sleep in the town, too. There are some very interesting options when speaking about the overnight stay.

We strongly recommend you to stay at De Dames Van De Jonge Hotel Giethorn , a great hotel with a wonderful view of the town and the canals.

The services are great and the breakfast is very varied and tasty. If you want you can rent a boat and explore the canals and the town’s surroundings.

You are interested in just a day trip from Amsterdam? No worries! From Amsterdam, there are many daily trips to this town in Holland.

We recommend you to book From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Giethoorn by Bus and Boat.

It is a 9 hours trip with transport and guide included and is the best way to discover this wonderful town from Amsterdam!

Amsterdam Day Trip to Giethoorn by Bus and Boat
Amsterdam Day Trip to Giethoorn by Bus and Boat

No matter if you decide to go on a daily trip or if you want to spend some more time in this wonderful town, Giethoorn is a place which will fascinate you and will show a hidden part of the beautiful Netherlands.

Just don’t forget and book some time for this small little town when you visit Netherlands!

Here are other interesting places to visit in Netherlands.

Logistical tips and tricks for your trip

Book your accommodation
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You will find here all types of accommodations, from the cheapest ones to the most luxurious.

Don't forget travel insurance
We never leave home without HeyMondo Insurance or Safety Wings Insurance as they offer the best services and a good value for money.

When we go for longer trips around the world we get Globelink Insurance as it offers a good cover for an affordable price.

Travel insurance will always protect you against unexpected costs caused by medical events like illness, injury, theft, or travel cancellation.

We never go on any trip without travel insurance and there were many cases when we had to use it.

Renting a car
We like to explore a country on our own and a car gives us the mobility and freedom to do that.

We always rent our car from Discovercars as they have free cancellation 48 hours prior to starting date and a wide range of car rental companies and options to choose from all over the world.

Tours and attractions
When we are looking for some adventure or we simply want to break up the monotony and discover new places, we always use GetYourGuide.

We love it because we always find the most amazing experiences, with free cancellation and a large variety of activities and tours to choose from.

Airplane tickets and holiday packages
Expedia is our ally when searching for the best price for airplane tickets as it works as an aggregator for a huge number of airlines and we always find the best price for our flights.

Travel tip: use Expedia when you are searching for holiday packages as they have many last-minute offers and great discounts for hotels, flights, and even the whole holiday packages.

François - virevolte

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Beautiful picture! We will make sure to visit on our next road trip to Netherlands!