Giethoorn. Dutch Venice




Sailing through the streets of Giethoorn

Giethoorn - The roads in Giethoorn are waterways. A comparison with Venice, Italy is therefore quickly made. Just like in real Venice, you do everything here by boat. The gondola in Giethoorn is called punter and the gondolier with paddle has been replaced by someone who pushes you with a long wooden stick or, if you go modern, a silent electric outboard.

Venice of the North

As mentioned, Giethoorn owes its nickname "Dutch Venice" to the many canals and bridges (more than 176!). But you should emphasise "Dutch" because in Giethoorn you will not find the San Marco square or Canal Grande. Another big difference is the prices for a drink or ice cream. These are a lot lower compared to the Italian example ...


Giethoorn is not the only place nicknamed Venice of the North. Cities such as Saint Petersburg in Russia, Bruges and Amsterdam are also sometimes called tVenice of the North.

Giethoorn facts

Residents - 2500
Tourists - 800,000 per year, including many Chinese day trippers
When to go? - As long as the weather is good, all year round
Monopoly game - On the international Monopoly board, Giethoorn has a brown color and lies between 'Start' and 'Madrid'.

Dutch Venice Tour (Hollands Venetiƫtocht) on ice

When King Winter rules and the ice layer on the canals and lakes is thick enough, Giethoorn is the scene of the famous Hollands Venetiƫtocht. The start and finish of this skating classic is on the Bovenreed in Giethoorn. The tour is 55 kilometers long and leads to Blokzijl, Dwarsgracht, St-Jansklooster, Belt-Schutsloot, Wanneperveen and back to Giethoorn.

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    Adress and visitor information

    Giethoorn. Dutch Venice

    Address: Binnenpad
    Postal code and City: 8355  Giethoorn
    Region: Kop van Overijssel
    Province/Region: Overijssel

    Visit: An average visits takes approx. 4 hours.
    The town of Giethoorn is located in the 'Kop van Overijssel' between the cities Steenwijk and Meppel. The only main connection by land is a cycling / walking path through the village. (There is a parking lot outside the village). In Giethoorn, most transport takes place by water. In addition to Giethoorn, you can discover the nearby nature reserve De Wieden by boat as well.

    Let op: The locations on the map are indicational. It is not always the entrance, parking lot or best route. The map shows up to 8 locations in the area. Want to see all locations? Check our Hotspot map or use the Search option on this website.



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