This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Giethoorn.
Giethoorn, Netherlands, may be less visited because visitors are not aware of the beauty of the destination; even Dutch citizens may have heard about the town, but only few have actually visited.
Giethoorn is a tiny picturesque town in the Dutch countryside. It is a very green and cosy. Traditionally the only method of transport is by boat and most homes are not accessible by road. It is not without reason that Giethoorn is nicknamed as the "Venice of the North." The best way to explore Giethoorn is by renting a small boat or canoe and sail around town. From the canals you can sail onward to the lake and make a nice tour for several hours. Other ways to explore Giethoorn are by foot or renting a bike. There are a few cafes and restaurants that cater tourists and they all have a menu in several languages. There is not much of a nightlife, though, because Giethoorn is a small town and most tourists do not stay overnight.
For Dutch standards, Giethoorn is quite far away from other places of interest. The closest city is Zwolle, but if you are coming from cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, or Groningen it will take at least two to three hours to reach Giethoorn. Despite the relatively long distances, it is possible to visit Giethoorn as a day trip from your hostel elsewhere in the Netherlands, but you might as well book a hostel in Giethoorn, Netherlands. You will not find many Giethoorn, Netherlands hostels, but options do exist; budget accommodation is also scarce in general.
Written by local enthusiast for Giethoorn hostelsMartin Straatman