The Venice of the Netherlands: Where There are No RoadsGiethoorn is a small, peaceful Dutch town located in the northwestern part of Overijssel province. Giethoorn is also known as the "Venice of the Netherlands." The reason for this name is that this haven is built almost entirely on water canals, made crossable by pleasant bridges.
In Giethoorn, you can take in the village atmosphere, stroll beside lily-strewn ponds, and then rest and refresh yourself in a café. We highly recommend that you set aside a day for the town of Giethoorn, and spend it looking at the charming houses on the banks of the canals and absorbing some of the tranquility that surrounds this beautiful place.
If you get the chance, rent a boat and be your own skipper. Cruising is easy and the speed is slow, especially since the water is only one meter deep. You'll have a wonderful and peaceful time on the water.
Giethoorn is a great location for a couple, or a family with children. A fun time is guaranteed for everyone.
TipsIf you can, it's best to arrive at Giethoorn in the early afternoon. In the morning the place is crowded and sailing in the canals is difficult and less pleasant.
Don't enter Giethoorn at the first entrance. Continue another 2-3 kilometers or (according to your GPS) enter the parking lot behind the supermarket. Walk a few steps out of the parking lot and you're ready to get started in Giethoorn.
Rent a boat for an hour only. Some boat owners offer two hours or more. Speaking from experience, it's tedious, unnecessarily long, and quite expensive. An hour of sailing is the perfect amount of time for you and your family.