Giethoorn, often cited as the Venice of the North, is an idyllic, magical village in the Netherlands where life is centred around the water.
Located 120km from Amsterdam, Giethoorn offers a unique experience as no cars are allowed in the small village at the centre of the National Park Weerribben-Wieden, for there are no roads.
The waterways or canals are the roads as it were. To get around the serene village’s four-mile stretch of canals and thatched-roof houses, one must either walk, cycle or ride a boat.
Around 2,600 people live in Giethoorn in thatched-roof cottages, dating back to the 18th century. Many of these homes are hidden between the trees and wooden bridges. The inhabitants of these homes are connected by small rivers, a bike path and 176 wooden arch bridges.
The only way to navigate most of the town is by boat. In fact, the postman still delivers mail…
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