Giethoorn | Visit “Little Venice” of Holland

Giethoorn is a peaceful village in the province Overijssel that is often referred to as the “Little Venice” of the Netherlands, due to its numerous waterways and absence of roads and cars. Giethoorn has beautiful canals, picturesque wooden bridges, and farmhouses with centuries old thatched roofs. All together it gives a unique fairy-tale vibe.

The village with about 2.620 habitants is unique in the Netherlands because of it’s bridges, waterways and ‘punters’ (typical boats from Giethoorn). You see 18th and 19th century farm houses hidden between the trees and 176 wooden bridges.

Giethoorn: a village without roads


As most of Giethoorn, is only accessible by boat, it has become famous for being a village without roads. It borders the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, which is the largest fen in northwestern Europe. During the trip, you’ll see the beautiful waterways and old farmhouses that line their banks and experience the peace, tranquility and natural beauty of this magical place. You will also have free time to explore this fairy-tale village without roads on your own, take pictures or grab something to eat (lunch is not included). Besides its fame as a village without roads, Giethoorn is also known for its excellent restaurants where you’ll be able to eat some lunch (not included).

Tour to Giethoorn from Amsterdam

Giethoorn is about 75 miles from the center of Amsterdam. If you want to travel wit public transport you can take the train to the city Zwolle (1,5 hours travel) and then take the bus to Giethoorn. We recommend to rent a car in Amsterdam and travel yourself to Giethoorn. An other populair option is by booking a tour to Giethoorn with a luxury bus.

Bustour to Giethoorn from Amsterdam

If you don’t want to rent a car booking a bustour to Giethoorn is your best option. This tour will take you from Amsterdam to Giethoorn by bus, where you will cruise the canals by boat and have time to explore the town on your own.

What’s included?

  • Live guide in English, Spanish and German
  • Boat tour in Giethoorn (Weather conditions could influence the boat trip)
  • Stop at enclosing dike

Prices Giethoorn Bustour

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