Giethoorn is a small village with thatched-roof cottages, small green yards, wooden bridges and embellishing flower plantation, quaking ducks, singing birds and no roads, only connecting waterways. No kidding, it is not a fairytale village I am taking about but a real place in Netherlands. It is a well planned village that is simply outstanding to visit.
Giethoorn Village has no roads in it and all the transport takes place by boats which can be the only ride while travelling via canals. The lakes in Giethoorn were formed by peat unearthing. Only few cycling tracks are there. People are always greeted and encouraged to rent an electric and quiet “Whisper Boat” to discover this little piece of heaven on earth.
Giethoorn is a quite village, known for its majestic outlook and less tourism. The total population is only 2600. It is a serene place where you can spend some quality time with yourself. There are special boat trips available for tourists. The boat is called whisper boat as it is designed to work without noise and allows you to enjoy the picturesque views of the village.
It was in 1958 when Giethoorn Village was chosen as a filming site by Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra for his comedy movie “Fanfare”. The place is in limelight since then and receives a reasonable number of tourists every year. This is great place for authors, poets and thinkers. It is a place where you can do some thinking without any interference. You will find people very friendly, welcoming and cooperative.
You can access Giethoorn Village easily from Amsterdam on a trip to Europe. It is also called “Venice of the North” or “Venice of the Netherlands“. You can enjoy the fact that even the mail is delivered through a postman riding a boat. His boat is called punt. This is one place that will make you lose connection with time. You will simply feel yourself to be in some other world where a lot is simpler and beautiful. Pay a visit to this tranquil place of Holland and you won’t regret it.