Giethoorn – the city with no roads

Also named the Venice of the North, Giethoorn is situated in the heart of the Netherlands. If you are wondering why you should visit it just imagine this: a green oasis, divided by small rivers and lakes, where the houses are built on land patches surrounded by water. Sounds like a dream, right?

1. Transport

Well, Giethoorn pretty much looks like a fairytale. Even though the access to the city is quite difficult, it is totally worth it! In order to get to Giethoorn, you have 2 options:

Public transport

Choosing public transport involves changing 2 or more buses/ trains. Another thing worth remembering is that Netherlands has some pretty expensive prices for public transport. Keeping this in mind, the transport might cost 100 euros or more per person.

Rent a car

In my opinion, renting a car is the best option, especially if you are 2 or more persons. For example, a one day rented car plus gas, 3 persons, costed 90 euros per person and we visited Giethoorn and De Haar Castle. I think this is a fair price and it is also more comfortable.

Whatever transportation option you choose, make sure you get to Giethoorn early in the morning. If you get there late, the city will be flooded by tourists which will ruin your photography plans.

2. Things to do

Although maybe the best thing to do is to admire the beautiful houses and ponds while walking beside the canals, there are other activities you can enjoy in Giethoorn.

  • Renting a boat

    You can rent a boat and make your way through the canals either by yourself or with a tour.

  • Buy handcrafted souvenirs

    There are many shops with beautiful handcrafted items to buy for your dear ones home. I love these types of shops because buying from them means supporting the local community.

  • Museum de Oude Aarde

    Here you can find a beautiful collection of gemstones and minerals and the entrance fee is just 3.50 euros. At the exit, you can even buy gemstones as souvenirs.

  • Museum Giethoorn ‘t Olde Maat Uus

    I totally recommend this as you will have the opportunity to see how a traditional farm house looked like. The entrace here is 4 euros.


If you are traveling on a budget, bring food and water with you. Food is quite expensive giving the fact that there are only a few restaurants. For example, pasta can cost as much as 25 euros.

That being said, I am sure you will enjoy beautiful Giethoorn. This one of a kind city will certainly remain in your memory as the fairy tale like city with no roads.

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May the travel bug bite you!


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