A Visit to Giethoorn in The Netherlands

You’ve probably seen photos of this picturesque Dutch village on social media. It has risen in popularity the past few years in part due to Instagram. Each time we go see my husband’s family in The Netherlands I like to visit a new area in his homeland. Last year we were relatively close to Giethoorn after visiting friends in Friesland – so we took a detour to check out this popular spot!

I was a bit hesitant about going to Giethoorn as I’ve seen the lovely photos of this small, car-free village… but also the ones depicting over tourism and disrespectful visitors. With not as many Americans traveling to Europe in 2021 – I wasn’t sure what to expect or how busy it would be in early September.

I feel so lucky to have experienced Giethoorn on such a pretty Dutch day – with only a few other people. The entire village looks like a postcard!

I recommend during your time in Giethoorn you walk through the historical part of town. Soak in the views of the old thatch roofed houses and canals… so very Dutch! Most houses in Giethoorn are only accessible via footbridges or small boats. You’ll also see bikes on the trail (everyone bikes in The Netherlands! ;)) – but I don’t suggest biking in this area as the path is quite narrow and you’ll be stopping frequently for photo ops!

Located about 75 miles from Amsterdam you can take a day group tour to Giethoorn or rent a car to visit. You can also enjoy the views from small boat tours through the canals.

After your stroll through Giethoorn and to complete your Dutch experience – stop for a tea and appel gebak (apple pie) at one of the outdoor terraces!

While in The Netherlands you may also like to visit the Unesco site Kinderdijk. Click here to read “3 Tips for Visiting Kinderdijk”.

Until the next adventure – bon voyage!


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