Giethoorn - an idyllic Dutch village with no roads at all!
The place is so incredibly cozy and picturesque, that you'll fall in love with it the moment you see it! This village is often called a Dutch Venice because it stands on numerous canals which total length is 7.5 km!
The village was founded as far back as 1230 and is now located in the Dutch province of Overijssel. The main means of transport here are all sorts of boats that work almost noiselessly and don’t spoil the harmony and idyll of the place.
There are really no roads in the historic part of the village – only narrow paths, bikeways and water canals!
Cute cottages surrounded by well-groomed lawns are located mostly on small islands connected with each other by wooden bridges. There are about 50 such bridges in the village.
By the way, all local boats have only electric motors which don’t pollute the environment. Tourists may hire a boat and sail through the village contemplating beautiful rural scenery.
Giethoorn is translated as "Goat Horns”. When its founders came to this place in the 13 century they saw a lot of goat horns left after a powerful flood. That’s why the locality got such a name.
At medieval times the village dwellers discovered deposits of turf in the local soil. They started to dig it out thus forming huge holes and ditches. Later on they were filled in with water and turned into lakes and canals.
Giethoorn became immensely popular with tourists in 1960s after the Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra showed it in one of his movies (Fanfare, 1958).
Currently, there 2,620 residents in the village. They all are sure that Giethoorn is unique and attractive for tourists not because of its canals, but due to the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere!
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Do you like this rural idyll? Have you ever visited the village? Share your impressions in the comments!
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