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Giethoorn- The Venice Of Holland
Giethoorn-Venice of Holland

Giethoorn- The Venice Of Holland

Giethoorn a beautiful village in Netherlands also known as “Venice of Holland”.It is also known as “Small Venice of the north”.In this village we cannot find single car as there are no roads.It became locally famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert haanstra made his famous comedy Fanfare there.This village of 2,500 inhabitants located in the province of Overijssel is best accessed by foot, bicycle or canoe. All the houses are lined up along the canals and the preferred method of transport is punting.there are 4 miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th century.

Giethoorn-Venice of Holland

Giethoorn-Venice of Holland

History:

The history of this village is around 1200 when Franciscan monks settled in the area.In the marsh lands peat was formed and when the settlers started to use the peat, canals were dug for transport. Big areas became lakes, many of them not deeper than three, four feet.Giethoorn was a separate municipality until 1973, when it became part of Brederwiede.There’s a story about how all the lakes came to be as well.The story begun when the huge and big flood disaster destroy this town. After this flood, first inhabitants found masses of horns of wild goats, which had probably died in 1170 during the flood. They called their settlement Geytenhorn (geit = goat), ulimately becoming Giethoorn (dialect goat = geit = giet).

Giethoorn-Holland

Giethoorn-Holland

Locaion:

Giethoorn is located at the edge of a national park, a beautiful area.The tiny Dutch village of Giethoorn,right in the middle of the De Wieden nature reserve, is fondly known as the Venice of Netherlands.It is quite an apt name for the place, since it has distinct features that are reminiscent of the romantic Italian city – 7.5 km of canals.The Giethoorn village is home to less than 3000 people.Most of them live on their private islands as the city consists of minute areas of land beautifully surrounded by water. The  180 bridges are the only way to reach many houses, other than the boats.

dutchvenice-map route

dutchvenice-map route

Attractions:

Most of us are familiar with the scenic beauty of Venice also known as the ‘Queen of the Seas’, in which the various islands are interconnected through water transportation.  It would be close to imagine another place quite the same as Venice- and this is where we are mistaken!  There is almost an identical place in Holland called Giethoorn in the province of Overijssel which, like Venice, is an idyllic place that is connected through canals having practically no roads whatsoever.The Victorian-style houses and cottages located on private islands and the 180 odd wooden bridges that serve as links to houses appear as if out of a storybook.  Since water transportation is the only way to move about, you can indulge in a sightseeing boating trip or perhaps even be a little adventurous by hiring a ‘whisper boat’ or punter to roam around by yourself.Many houses are as it were built on little islands, reached through a high bridge. All this imparts to Giethoorn a beauty unequalled anywhere else.

In winter Giethoorn is a very popular destination for ice skaters.The little  reed covered farm houses and beautiful gardens and also canals, in the center is not a road but a canal where you have to travel by boat. The canals, the uncountable caracteristic wooden arch bridges and have given Giethoorn the nickname the Venice of Holland. The travelers who adventure here are usually mesmerized by the familiar atmosphere, bohemian canals, small wooden bridges, vivid flowers and colorful 200 year old homes.Canal tours are popular with the many tourists.

Village full of tourists

Village full of tourists

The boats called punters are typical to Giethoorn, however, and have become famous the world over. They are driven by an electric motor that make a sound no louder than a whisper. The village itself is the main attraction, where the atmosphere is said to be extremely peaceful and relaxing. Tourists also love admiring the classic Dutch architecture, including houses with thatched roofs and some carefully preserved 18th and 19th century farm houses.This town is very clean and very fresh. What is more enthusiastic and can reflect the real heaven besides the green town.you inhale fresh air in your nose without any contamination or pollution.We can find connections from house to house through foot over bridges made of wood and looks spectacular.

houses connection through footover bridges

houses connecting through footover bridges

Highlights:

The whole of Giethoorn is a highlight in itself.The people of the village are proud of their characteristic houses with thatched domes overlooking the canals.If you ever want to get away from city life and find peace in a beautiful place, the perfect destination for you is Giethoorn in the Netherlands.Beautiful nature, old houses, ride boats in channels or walk after numerous wooden bridges … Simply, it is a place that offers you relaxation and also to briefly forget the noisy cars, because they are here not welcome, primarily because this tale like place does not have roads..In Giethoorn there are various museums where you can learn about the life and work of the last 100 years, to see pottery works, as well as old cars, bikes and sleds. There are also organized numerous art exhibitions, and there are special activities for children. During the winter, this place is extremely attractive for fans of ice skating.We can get rented bikes also depending on the route the cost depends.

Overiew of giethoorn

Overiew of Giethoorn

cycling in the village

Cycling in the village

houses with parking of boats

Houses with parking of boats

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