This not so hidden gem of Netherlands is a fairytale village of Holland, often known as Venice of Netherlands. If you visiting Amsterdam then this a must-visit for you. A village with ‘no cars and no roads’ is a treat for leisure seekers. Thatched roof houses, bridges alongside the canal make it a scenic and gorgeous place. Away from the hustle of city life you can chill and admire the canals, ponds, and the scenery. This village is connected by narrow canals and boat is the primary mode of commutation for residents. It also has footpaths and bridges where you can walk or do cycling. Let’s see what this village has to offer its tourist
Things to do in Giethoorn
- Canal Boat Ride – The best way to view this fairytale village is from the water. Take a canal guided boat ride to sail through this gorgeous village, relax and learn about this place. You can also explore the electric boat, canoe, or traditional boat. You can rent a boat for a self-navigated trip by numerous of the boat hire company. You don’t need a boating license to drive a boat here. Also, the canal opens to a big lake. And it’s not very deep
- Visit Museums – Giethoorn has few small museums like “Het Olde Maat Uus” Museum, this is a living museum showcasing a historic farming village and often has actors in traditional clothing. It also has a gift shop & a cafe. Few other museums are Gloria Maris (shell gallery), Museum de Oude Aarde (you can find a wide collection of gemstones and minerals.), The Histomobil ( you can find a vast collection of cars, motorcycles, and carriages.)
- Best Picnic spot ever – A meal on a nice spot, alongside the canal in this scenic village is something to look forward. You can either pack a lunch or you can pick a restaurant. There are many little restaurants with a beautiful outdoor patio and very evident to spot. (remember to keep the area clean and be respectful to the neighborhood) .
- Hiking / Cycling – Hiking or cycling is the best way to explore and appreciate the beauty of the village with its thatched roof houses and bridges as this place is known for no cars & apparently no roads.
- Photography – Go crazy photographing this picturesque village. This rural area is straight out of storybooks.
Where to stay
How to Reach
You need to reach Amsterdam first.
It is 90 km from Amsterdam so you can reach by car (There is a parking lot for cars) or bus in 1.5 hours.
The best travel mode for a day trip is a guided tour bus. Tours&Tickets guided tour is recommended. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your day. Mostly it is clubbed with 1 hour guided canal ride. All guided tour mostly departs from Amsterdam central during morning hours.
The train journey is not recommended by me as it has many changes and it takes around 3 hours to reach Giethroon. So for a day trip its not a good idea to travel by train.
Train route: Take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Amersfoort then change trains and take a train to Steenwijk. After reaching Steenwijk take the bus 70 to Dominee Hylkemaweg from there you rent a boat. Travel time is approximately 3 – 3.5 hours
Few other information :
1. Best time to visit – Spring as the whole village is blooming with flowers. But it will be crowded also. During peak winter canal will be frozen and used for ice skating, so you have to miss a canal boat ride in case you visit in winter.
2. Currency: Euro
3. Languages: Dutch, English. As its tourist place, English is commonly spoken here.
4. Ideal for – Couples, Family, and short trip.
5. Visa (For non-EU residents/passports): Schengen tourist visa or the Greek tourist visa. Check with your local Netherlands embassy. They promote tourism so visa generally doesn’t get rejected.
6. Other activities – Fishing, Visit Church, learn about local, visit a national park.
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