A charming boat ride in the Venice of the North.

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What's included

  • Admission e-ticket for 1 hour boat ride in Giethoorn, the Netherlands.
  • Off-peak day return e-ticket. A combi ticket for trains from any station in the Netherlands to Steenwijk train station and from there bus 70 to Giethoorn.


Take a boat trip around the sparkling waterways of Giethoorn, a tiny village in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Known for its whimsical vistas, stunning naturescapes and cute cottages, Giethoorn makes for a magical day out. Fun fact: the town of 2,600 residents also achieved a coveted spot on Monopoly’s 80th birthday edition board. After spending a day in Giethoorn, it won’t take you long to figure out why.

Travelling during Off-peak hours

The Off-Peak day return ticket is only valid during off-peak hours, i.e. weekdays before 06:30, between 09:00 and 16:00, and after 18:30. At weekends and all day on public holidays. The Off-Peak day return ticket is not valid on King’s Day (27 April). 

Venice of the North

Giethoorn is a historic little town in the Netherlands nestled amongst a never-ending series of canals and waterways. The only way to navigate most of the town is by boat. In fact, the postman still delivers mail to local residents by boat to this day. As the main cog in Overijssel’s canal system, Giethoorn – just like capital city Amsterdam – has earned the moniker ‘Venice of the North’. And just like Venice, you can tour the canals with a seasoned guide.

Giethoorn by boat

Enjoy the views of quaint thatched-roof cottages as you gently glide along Giethoorn’s picturesque canals. Departing from Restaurant De Rietstulp, a one-hour boat trip offers sweeping panoramas of Giethoorn’s historical village and Lake Bovenwijde. A skipper provides insight into the town’s history, and reveals hidden secrets in an hour of laid-back sightseeing. Cruising the canals of Venice of the Netherlands is a beautiful way to discover Giethoorn.

A delightful day out

After the boat trip, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the rest of Giethoorn. To take in Giethoorn’s skyline with a slightly adventurous twist, set off on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Or, take a leisurely stroll along the village bridges, overlooking stunning farmhouses complete with thatched roofs. Browse the charming local stores, and pay a visit to Museum De Oude Aarde in the heart of town. The oldest museum in Giethoorn houses all of Mother Earth’s treasures, including a wonderful collection of minerals and fossils. However you do it, there’s an endless array of charm and beauty waiting to be discovered in Giethoorn.

Special terms and conditions

  • Special offer is available until December 31, 2024.
  • E-tickets for Giethoorn are valid until December 31, 2024.
  • Refreshments are not included.
  • Promotion includes a Off-peak day return e-ticket to Giethoorn.
  • The Off-Peak day return ticket is only valid during off-peak hours, i.e. weekdays before 06:30, between 09:00 and 16:00, and after 18:30. At weekends and all day on public holidays. Not valid on King's Day, April 27.
  • Valid on all train carriers and bus 70 of RRReis.
  • Not valid on Eurostar and Nightjet, valid with an Intercity direct supplement between Schiphol and Rotterdam & ICE International.
  • Tickets cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. No refunds.
  • The boat trip will not take place if it freezes, you will receive a hot drink with cake as compensation.

Useful information


Ds. T.O. Hylkemaweg 15 8355 CD Giethoorn

Opening hours:

All year open First boat leaves at 11 am Last boat leaves at 3 pm 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 website

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