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Experience Giethoorn in The Netherlands


Giethoorn, a beautiful canal village nicknamed ‘the Venice of the North’, is just a few hours away from Amsterdam – and is the perfect destination for a day trip or a romantic weekend break

Hannah Lewis / © Katie Wilson-Ells
Hannah Lewis,

Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the North’, Giethoorn is a picturesque village at the centre of Overijssel’s canal system, and one of the most peaceful places in the Netherlands. A must-visit for anyone looking to see a different side of the country, this unexpected haven is only a few hours’ drive or train journey from Amsterdam. Rent a boat or a bicycle to explore the area, with its beautiful waters and charming traditional cottages. The district is home to several great restaurants and cafés, as well as a number of charming guesthouses for anyone who wants to stay a little longer.

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