Folklore has it that the first inhabitants found numerous peat deposits and dug many holes over the years. That then became the canals that go around the city.
The old-world charm is found only in movies now, isn't it? The silence and quaint, with no bustle. Ah, bliss! Well, now you'd be thinking that all of it only exists in movies, but that's not the case. There's a quaint little town called Giethoorn, known as “Venice of the Netherlands”, and it was founded around 1230. The most unique part of the city is that there are no roads or modern modes of transport. All you can use to get around the city are boats, via the canals and 176 odd bridges. Well, that, or on foot.
The village itself is quiet without all the noise pollution, so to get around town, they have whisper boats -with silent engines- so it's an experience in itself altogether. Tourists who visit Giethoorn will have to leave their cars outside the town to get around. Imagine just how peaceful it'll be to walk around or just take a boat to explore this beautiful village. The village's website says, Here in Holland’s water village of Giethoorn the loudest sound you can normally hear is the quacking of a duck or the noise made by other birds.
It is so peaceful, so different and has such simple beauty that it hardly seems real – gently gliding along small canals past old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses. You can turn down a “side street” (another small canal) and drift under a wooden bridge where an elderly resident may be strolling over to see a neighbor. No this is not Venice or Amsterdam. It is too quiet, too serene and remote. It is so calm that its nickname of the “Dutch Venice” may give a false impression of size and crowds and commercialism.
Several of the homes there can't be accessed by roads, so when the post needs to be delivered, people there use a punt. Giethoorn’s name originates from the first inhabitants’ discovery of hundreds of goat horns (gietehorens) in the marshland, remnants of a 10th-century flood. Now, goat horns aren't really found there anymore, but the vegetation is still quite distinct. This explains why Giethoorn is best known for its rural environment and tourism.
The homes you find there are not all modern, so it makes one feel like they're in the sets of an 80s movie. Once you've roamed around the cozy place on foot or by boat, you could stop by some of the canal-side restaurants the place has to offer and dig into a scrumptious meal. Folklore has it that the first inhabitants found numerous peat deposits and dug many holes over the years. That then became the canals that go around the city.
Now, if you want to spend a day or two at the village to soak in on the fresh country air, you could book a room in one of the nice Airbnb's the place has to offer or one of their hotels. You can choose if you want it to be as authentic as possible or if you want to shift between modern and age-old sceneries. It's all up to you. Also, don't worry, there are roads in the city, but just not in the central parts.
This pretty and pristine city is also a great tourist attraction. If you plan to visit around the holiday season and are looking to experience the peace and quiet, you should know that other times of the year are better options. Nevertheless, the crowds don't take away too much from the experience.