When to visit Giethoorn?
There is no best time to visit Giethoorn, as the village is thriving and alive all year long. Giethoorn in Spring is a beautiful and delicate spectacle, as the flowers and greeneries are returning, so you can enjoy the fresh start of the year with fewer amount of tourists and gentle sunlight.
Giethoorn is the most robust in the late Spring/Summer season (May till September), when flowers are in full bloom and the sun is shining as you travel through the romantic and beautiful canals. There are several fun events during this time period such as the Annual Punter Sailing Competition (punter is the traditional boat of Giethoorn) or the magical Gondola Parade where you will see Giethoorn decorated, light up and sparkle during the night, with an amazing parade in the weekend.
If you prefer a quieter trip with fewer people and when there is still sunshine with a gentle breeze, Autumn will be more suitable for your needs of boating through the quiet and tranquil village. The weather would still be suitable for boating and walking, and you will be able to take some romantic Autumn pictures with the typical colors of the season. Think yellow leaves and pumpkin!
And of course, winter of Giethoorn is also a sight to behold, with the frozen canals that you can skate on and a wintertime wonderland covered by snow. Enjoy your Christmas in the most beautiful village of the Netherlands with a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and experience the magical feeling of traveling inside a snow globe, where the snow is glistening in the sun, falling on top of the cozy thatched-roof cottages and wooden bridges.