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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Smulders

Giethoorn, the Venice of the Netherlands

As if you weren’t already charmed by the beautiful streets of Amsterdam adorned by the water canals and its peculiar shape houses, Giehoorn is a place you don’t want to miss when visiting The Netherlands.

Located 120 kilometers away from Amsterdam, the best way to reach is by car (From Amsterdam, take highway A1-E231 to the A28-E232). Once you get there the options to explore are varied. You can join a boat tour with a group and go around the waterways for a certain period of time or you can hire private boats (electric and manual) and wander on your own across the city. If this is your time, we recommend getting a map of the area

The waterways cross the whole city composed of centuries-old thatched-roof houses that seem as taken from a fairy tale book.

Once you leave the small canals, you will enter a wider water path cutting the green fields which will take you to the big Motengat lake If you need a break, you will find an island in the middle where you can set up a picnic and stretch your legs.

Make sure you rent a boat for at least 3 hours, so you enough time to enjoy the area allowing you to get lost

Have a look at Giethoorn and other must-destinations when visiting the Netherlands with the kids in the video below.

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