Ever dreamed of visiting a picturesque village filled with far-fetched scenic beauty and traditional charm? Then you should probably check out Giethoorn in the Dutch province of Overijssel.
The charming village is located in the east of the Netherlands, just about 90 minutes outside from Amsterdam. This gorgeous little town has over 2600 residents and there are no roads where you can travel by car. The village is reliant on its waterways and you can only travel around by boat or punt.
Most houses, pubs, and restaurants are accessible through the waterways. Although, there are walkways, which allow people to move from one house to another. The town features about 90km of canals, no wonder Giethoorn is nicknamed “Venice of the Netherlands”. If you are visiting the town, you can rent an electric boat or take a tourist boat to explore the stunning attractions it offers.
The town features a wide range of attractions along its canals including restaurants and museums. You must not miss a visit to the museums of Giethoorn – “Het Olde Maat Uus” Museum and Museum de Oude Aarde. The “Het Olde Maat Uus” Museum features a typical Century-old farmhouse in Giethoorn, just the way it used to be in the olden days. Museum de Oude Aarde features a vast collection of gemstones and minerals. If you love antiques and old cars, a specialized museum features a wide collection of carriages, motorcycles, and carriages. This is the only place where you will see cars in the village.
You can rent a boat and spend your afternoon exploring the town by gently puttering down the narrow waterways, under gracefully arching bridges and as you admire the cozy thatched cottages along the streets.
Instead of spending time on the water, you can explore the village by renting a bike for sightseeing. You can explore the countryside and endless fields by cycling around the town.
Giethoorn has been dubbed one of the prettiest villages in Europe and it is indeed filled with old-world charm that will amaze you.
If you ever visit Netherlands, you must visit Giethoorn and experience its old-world charm!