Guide to Giethoorn: A Fairy Tale Town with no Roads
The first time I heard about Giethoorn, a beautiful village in the Netherlands, was after I got back from my trip to Venice. I was impressed with the city and the canals and I knew that there are probably more places that have canals instead of streets.
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The first thing that springs to mind when we say canals is Venice for sure, and after that Amsterdam but not many would say Giethoorn.
Giethoorn is actually known as ‘Venice of the North’, and it is one of the most adorable and cutest, fairy tale towns in the world. Those thatched houses at first look reminded me of the Secret Cottages of Costwold, and the gardens are simply divine.
There are not more than 3000 people living there and it seems like everyone lives on a private island. The only way to reach the houses is by boats because there are no streets, and tourist can cross the 180 small wooden bridges to explore the place on foot.
How to get to Giethoorn?
Giethoorn is located in the municipality of Steenwijkerland and it is easily accessible by public transportation. If you are traveling from Amsterdam the trip will take longer than 2 hours because you need to change transportation. You need to catch a train from Amsterdam to Steenwjik and then you have to catch a bus to Giethoorn.
What to do in Giethoorn?
When it comes to things to do in this picturesque village the choice is very limited. This is one of those places where you can go and have a relaxing and lazy day. You can rent a bike or boat to explore the village. We would advise you to book it in advance though because during the high season it can be a bit hard to find one. There are beautiful restaurants where you can have lunch by the water and sip some cocktails.
Where to Stay?
If you are looking for a place to stay here I would advise you to search for a place on Booking.com, which is the best website that never fails to offer the best and most affordable accommodation. The drive from Amsterdam is really long so you should stay at least for one night and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the village.
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