In the Dutch Village of Giethoorn, there are no roads in sight. This stunning village situated in Holland is a car free town. It is known by Holland as the “Venis of the North”.
This amazing place has over 180 bridges and became world famous in the 1950s, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made a comedy film, and Giethoorn was featured in it. Historically Giethoorn was founded by fugitives from the Mediterranean area in circa AD1230, the village was a separate municipality until 1973, when it became part of Brederwiede.
The only way to access homes and the other buildings across the village is by canal or by foot bridge and more recently they have added bicycle routes. Giethoorn is a popular tourist attraction and has been given the nickname the “Venice of the Netherlands”. Cycling and sailing as well as guided canal tours are some of the many ways to discover the villages rustic charm. There are 4 miles of canals across the village and a large amount of properties and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th century.