Giethoorn is a beautiful village of thatched roof homes located in the Netherlands.
The entire village is car-free. There are no roads, only canals! 2,600 citizens live on their own private islands, which are interconnected by 180 pedestrian bridges over crisscrossing canals.
Special flat-bottom boats called “punters” or “punts” are the only mode of transport.
Giethoorn has many nicknames: “Venice of Holland”, “Venice of the Netherlands”, “Venice of the North”. It is also a very popular destination for Chinese tourists.
Settled in 1230 AD by Flagelanten (fugitives from the plague) who discovered large quantities of goat horns here, Giethoorn was popular for peat bog diggers who used the canals to connect to the various peat ditches.