A Floating Village with No Roads
The idyllic village of Giethoorn in the Netherlands has no roads. The only access to move about is by water on a boat through one of the many beautiful canals or on foot over its many wooden arch bridges. Cars have to remain outside the village. Giethoorn was founded by a group of fugitives from the Mediterranean region around 1230 AD. The village still has an old world feel, as though visitors have stepped back in time to a quieter and more peaceful era.
Located in the province of Overijssel, there are four miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th century. Giethoorn is a popular tourist attraction and has been given the nickname “the Venice of the Netherlands.” Cycling and sailing, as well as a guided canal tour, are some of the many ways to see all of the village’s rustic charm.