Giethoorn-also known as “The Venice of Holland” or “The Venice of the North”, is a beautiful picturesque village in the Netherlands located in the Dutch province of Overijssel. This village is surrounded by king size natural reservations entitled De Wieden. The atmosphere, bohemian canals, small wooden bridges and vivid flowers are few of the things tourists are mesmerized with. The population here is just 2,600 and this town is so tranquil with serenity and peace around that the loudest sound you can normally hear is the quacking of a duck or the noise made by other birds.
Everyone in Giethoorn, from the residents to the postman has to do their commute on the water, docking their boats as they go. Here, there are island homes backing straight onto the water highways. Life here looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale, or maybe this place looks more of like a dreamy movie set with beautiful colorful houses built all around surrounded with nature’s retreat.
You could tell by looking at the pictures that this place is like an enchanted neighborhood that’s built upon a network of narrow canals that it looks completely surreal. This place is fairly accessible by car from Amsterdam but you have to leave your car outside the village and then travel by boats or by foot or rental bike or by bicycle. You’d spot plenty of B&B’s along the canal, there are about 180 bridges here.
The best part of this town is that, during the frosty winter months, the residents here are able to use the network of waterways for ice-skating. The colorful houses look something out of a story, with flamboyant plants and bushes decorating the exterior of the homes.
Guess what, some of the houses were made in the 18th century.
This town offers you relaxation and let’s you forget the noisy cars because they aren’t allowed here. So, if you’ve ever dreamt of visiting Venice but don’t like the hustle and bustle of that place, then this town is the one you’d want to write on the top of your bucket list. You should definitely stop by this town during your next visit to Europe.
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