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Giethoorn was founded ca. 1230. The first inhabitants found a great man horns of wild goats there, they called their settlement “Geytenhorn”. The village is the result of peat cutting. Because of the digging of peat ponds en lakes arose and to transport the peat waterways and canals were dug. Many houses have, as it were, been built on little islands which can only be reached over the bridges that are characteristic of Giethoorn.

Giethoorn the enchanting village

Giethoorn is an enchanting village in the province Overijssel. It is often referred to as the “Little Venice” of the Netherlands, due to its numerous waterways and absence of roads and cars. Its beautiful canals, picturesque wooden bridges, and farmhouses with centuries-old thatched roofs give it a unique fairy-tale vibe. The tour will take you from Amsterdam to Giethoorn by bus. After arriving, you will cruise the canals by boat and explore the town on your own. Don’t miss this incredible day trip to Giethoorn. Get your tickets now and discover this enchanting village!

As most of Giethoorn is only accessible by boat, it has become famous for being a village without roads. It borders the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, which is the largest fen in northwestern Europe. During the trip, you’ll see the beautiful waterways and old farmhouses that line their banks and experience the peace, tranquility and natural beauty of this magical place. You will also have free time to explore this fairy-tale village without roads on your own, take pictures or grab something to eat (lunch is not included). Besides its fame as a village without roads, Giethoorn is also known for its excellent restaurants where you’ll be able to eat some lunch (not included).



Tours & Tickets


Damrak 26, Amsterdam



+31 (0)20 420 40 00

Important information

Summer season (March 23 – October 29)
Thursday and Saturday at 09.30 h.
From July 18th till September 3rd the tour will also depart on Tuesday at 09.30 h.
Winter season (October 30 – March 22):
No departure

  • Duration:
    ± 9.5 h.
  • Check-in:
    30 min. before departure at Damrak 26
  • Child age and price:
    0-3 years: free
    4-13 years: child ticket
  • Operated by Tours & Tickets
  • All Tours & Tickets Tours depart from the city center

What’s included

  • Live guide in English and Spanish
  • Boat tour in Giethoorn
  • Admission to the Cheese Factory Volendam
  • Admission to a traditional Dutch bakery


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