Founded by fugitives from the Mediterranean region in around AD 1230,Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. And what’s special about it is that it a settlements without roads. Instead, channels of water serve as the path of transportation.
Giethoorn is a carefree town known in the Netherlands as “Venice of the Netherlands”. It became locally famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy “Fanfare” there. In the old part of the village, there were no roads (nowadays there is a cycling path), and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals.
What a great place to relax and enjoy a quiet, rustic environment that is unlike any other.