Giethoorn by boat

A one-hour boat trip in the Venice of the North.

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What's included

  • E-ticket (train + bus) day return to Giethoorn
  • E-ticket one hour boat trip and museum Oude Aarde

Giethoorn by boat

First thing that should pop into your mind when you think of Giethoorn is water. In the old days all transport was done by boat, there were hardly any roads in the Dutch province of Overijssel, hence its nickname the Venice of the North.

Enjoy a great one-hour boat trip, departing from Restaurant De Rietstulp, with weeping panoramas of Giethoorn historical village centre and views of lake ’t Bovenwijde. A skipper provides real insight into Giethoorn, exploring hidden local color with an hour of laid-back sightseeing. Needless to say that the locals are very proud of achieving a place on the board of the new international edition of Monopoly from some 182 contenders across the world.

After the boat trip you have plenty of time to spend yourself. We recommend a stroll along the village bridges with a view of stunning farms with thatched roofs.Enter the Oude Aarde museum in the heart of Giethoorn. It is the oldest museum in Giethoorn with a wonderful collection of minerals and fossils, all Mother Earth’s treasures.

Experience the beautiful village completely different and take in Giethoorn’s skyline from the best seats in the house in a kayak. Turn your typical exercise on its head and set off on your stand-up paddle board and work on your core at the same time.

Hire a Solex bike, hit the golf course or have a photoshoot with you and your loved ones in traditional costumes. Discover the limitless possibilities of Giethoorn and have endless fun.

Special terms and conditions

  • Special offer is available until 31 December 2017.
  • Tickets are valid until 31 December 2017.
  • Day trip requires that you make a reservation in advance.
  • Refreshments are not included in the ticket.
  • Cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts. No refund.
  • Including an e-ticket to Giethoorn, day return. Valid Monday till Friday after 9.00am, all day on Saturday and Sunday and only valid together with the tickets of this day trip.
  • Attention: e-ticket day return is valid on the trains of NS, Arriva, Breng, Connexxion, Veolia and Syntus.
  • Not valid on Thalys train Amsterdam-Paris, valid with an Intercity Direct supplement between Schiphol and Rotterdam & ICE International.

Useful information


Ds. T.O. Hylkemaweg 15 8355 CD Giethoorn

Opening hours:

Summer season (April - October): Open daily from 10.00am. Winter season (November - March): Friday, Saturday, Sunday open from 11.00am. We are closed during the month of January (Only groups by appointment). “De Rietstulp” is closed on 24 and 31 December. Accessibility by public transport: from train station Steenwijk take bus 70 in the direction of Giethoorn, get off at bus stop in Giethoorn at Dominee Hylkemaweg. Walk up the Hylkemaweg for approx. 250 meters.



More details:

Giethoorn by boat website

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