Giethoorn, the Netherlands. A village without roads
Cities and towns crisscrossed with waterways is not a new concept in the Netherlands, but this place with a population of 2,620 inhabitants is special. Giethoorn is a village entirely without roads. Speaking of idyllic, you have to leave your car parked outside of town and proceed on foot, by bike or by canoe/electric boat (or with ice skates if you’re lucky and the canals are frozen over) when you visit this village about an hour and a half northeast of Amsterdam.
The ‘Venice of the Netherlands’ boasts more than 80 km of boat trails connecting museums, hotels and restaurants in the centre with people’s homes. If you prefer to stay on steady ground, there are over 180 wooden bridges, that arch over the canals, to be strolled over while you snap pictures of the traditional thatched houses.
The ‘Giethoorn walking route’ leads you past the most picturesque spots of this village, after which you can merrily sit down and relax at one of the many terraces by the water.