Venice of the Netherlands

Giethoorn is a picturesque village in the province of Overijssel in the Netherlands. Actually, the village consists of two parts and it is the older half of the village where there are no roads.  The village is unique because in the center of its characteristic Dutch wooden arch bridges and canals is not a road, but a canal where you have to travel by boat.  All tourists are welcome to enjoy the beauty of the scenery while on a “Whisper Boat” which are available for visitors to the area. Most of these boats can transport up to 8 adults. You can spend some time on the river and arrange a picnic while enjoying swimming or just enjoying the scenery.

Many houses have been built on islands and are only reachable over wooden bridges. Most houses have thatched roofs, as the marshy areas provide a lot of reed. In the past only rich people had tiled roofs, as tiles were much more expensive than reed; now it’s the other way around – having a thatched roof costs a lot more money than having it covered with tiles.


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