UPDATE 08-02-2023: Februar, March limited amount of boats and openinghours however daily possible with online booking through GiethoornBooking.com (with minimum of an hour up front)
Discover the little green Venice of Holland, Giethoorn and natural park De Wieden in a so-called 'whisper' boat. These are open punter boats equipped with a silent electric motor that is powered, therefor nickname 'whisper'.
Enjoy the boat ride without the stench and noise of a petrol engine, explore the rustic surroundings with the electric boat and it is environmentally friendly as well.
In advance you get an explaination of the quit easy to handle engine and route. Using the detailed navigation map you will certainly find the way back.
The boats have a flat bottom and are reasonably stable; tipping is almost impossible. The water in the canals and the lake is shallow and only about 1 meter deep so that a rental boat is also very suitable for families with children. A bassinet, buggy or maxi-cosi can on the bottom of the boat. For a more comfortable journey you could bring some cushions.
There are two charged batteries in the boat with which the boat can drive about 6-8 hours (depending on weight, cruising speed) per day.
The boat is controlled via the engine lever or by steering wheel. The difference between handle and wheel is that you have a steering wheel in front of you and not have to stear in the opposite direction; boats with a steering wheel are generally experienced as easier to control. Another difference is the driver has also a backrest and the possibility to sit with 2 persons behind the wheel.
A sloep is also a boat with an electrical motor; this boat offers more comfort; is longer, wider and more spacious, a set cushions is included. Also this boat is easier to handle due to the stronger electric motor.
't Zwaantje (little Swan) has over 40 boats to rent out.
The different models, types and prices can be found further down the page.
Time required driving
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Example to choose your rental period
Village and nature tour and on the go picnic, lunch, coffee- or museumstop for example: driving time 3 hours + 1 hour = 4 hours rent
The minimum driving time is 1 hour* (starting price is per boat for 1 up to max 2 hours), you will see the most touristic part of Giethoorn: plank bridge, the arch bridges and museums.
In the center is the main canal is one way traffic.
The indicative travel times apply to electric boats. If you follow the map and the correct route as explained you can drive the route within the time mentioned.
Exlusively for our guests: boattours app for Android Windows and Apple, download at home with WIFI and use it offline gps triggered on your own smartphone, tablet, ipad etc. with a lot of extra's like audio, video
The app is free available if a boat is online booked at Giethoornbooking.com If you don't have your own device you can rent this. Available languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Chinese.
*In the highseason is the minimal rental time 2 hours or longer
About a half hour from departure you pass on all routes the little picnic isle which is only accessible by boat. Nice to take a swim.