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Frequently Asked Questions

Giethoorn is different than other villages, it has for example waterways instead of streets. Below are some tips and answers to your questions.

Where to park to visit Giethoorn village?

Free parking available at Giethoorn Eco Boat Rental & Tours. More than 125 parking spaces available from where you start to explore the village, by walking,  rental boat or Canal Cruise.

GPS location: Beulakerweg 55    8355 AB Giethoorn

Do I need to book a boat in advance?

No, you can drop by anytime to rent a boat. But in the summer months and on weekends, it can be very busy and there can be queues. With a reservation, you will have priority and your boat will be ready when you arrive. From this perspective, we suggest that you should make a reservation for a boat to be certain.

Boat pick-up:  Beulakerweg 55    8355 AB Giethoorn

Should I rent a boat for 1, 2 or 3 hours?

1-hour cruise is to get an impression of the village, you cruise through Giethoorn Village and nature reserve. A fun trip if you don’t have too much time or if you are not so fond of water, but still want to experience what it is like to boat in Giethoorn. This tour is meant to boat continuously for 1 hour, stopping is not possible.

2-hour cruise to see beautiful parts of the village, an ideal trip to avoid the big crowds. It lets you see Giethoorn, but no traffic jams and chaos. This tour is meant to boat continuously for 2 hours, stopping is not possible.

3-hour cruise to see Giethoorn Village, is the most frequently booked tour. You really see all the highlights and hotspots. On your camera, you won’t miss a picture that others may have. Depending on how crowded the canal is with boats, the trip takes 2½ to 3 hours. Upon departure, you will be instructed whether it is possible to take a short break to buy an ice cream along the way. Please follow the information/instructions given by our staff, there are penalties for returning late. Keep in mind that other guests waiting for the boat to return at the agreed time and want to do the same enjoyable trip as you.

Is boating difficult?

All boats are meant to steer yourself, you are the captain. Boating is not difficult but it depends on the boat type: boats with a tiller “Whisper Boat” are easier to steer, with a steering wheel called “Sloop” are for somewhat more experienced captains. Our staff will give you full instructions how to operate and steer the boat safely.

Is it safe to cruise in a boat if I cannot swim?

We have life jackets (while stocks last). Also, all waters where you boat, even the lake is only 75 centimetres deep, in other words you can stand anywhere. You are not in any danger for a moment.

We do warn you to keep your hands inside the boat to avoid getting hurt if another boat accidentally makes contact with you.

Do I need a boating licence?

You do not need a boating licence to drive the boat, but you do need common sense. You participate in traffic on the water, where traffic rules apply. The police will therefore make sure you follow the “boating rules” and a fine may be given.

What should we do if we need help?

If you need help for any reason, you can always call us and we will send one of our “Service/Rescue boats” that are always standby or cruise around to assist you.

What should I do if I get lost?

With the navigation app, it is impossible to sail in the wrong direction and get lost. At all times we know where you are, all boats are equipped with track and trace. In almost all cases, a phone call is enough to get you back on track. If you do need help for any reason, our “Service/Rescue boats” are always on standby or are already on the water to help.

What to do and not to do?
  • By boat:
    Keep right
    Keep your distance from other boats
    Do not bump into other boats
    Do not sail too fast
    Commercial shipping always has the right of way
    Be polite and let others pass
  • As a tourist:
    Respect someone’s privacy
    No walking into gardens of houses
    No loud noises or loud radios
Can we bring our pets on board?

Sorry but pets are not allowed in the boats

Is there an age limit for renting a boat?

Yes, to rent a boat and drive a boat, you must be at least 18 years old and possess a valid identification document.

Are there any specific routes or areas we must stay within during the rental?

Yes, for your safety and to protect the environment, we provide designated boating areas where you can enjoy the waterways without straying into restricted zones.

What happens in case of bad weather or unfavorable conditions?

Your safety is our priority. In case of adverse weather conditions, we may offer rescheduling options or refunds. Our team will be in touch with you in such situations.

What is your cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy may vary depending on the rental type and timing. Please refer to our website or contact us directly for detailed information.

General Cancellation policy: Reservations can be canceled up to 7 days before arrival (administration costs €11.50 per booking). The guest pays the total price of the reservation if he/she cancels within 7 days before arrival.


Do you offer guided boat tours?

Yes, we offer guided boat tours led by experienced guides who will provide interesting insights into the local history and points of interest.

Parking Giethoorn

Free Parking for an Unforgettable Eco Boat Rental & Tours in Giethoorn!

At Giethoorn Eco Boat Rental & Tours, we believe that every aspect of your experience should be hassle-free, including parking! That’s why we are delighted to offer free parking facilities for up to 125 cars, ensuring you can focus solely on enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Giethoorn without any worries.

Your boat is just a few steps away from your car if you choose to rent one.