There is nothing I love more than being in a place I've never been, and I pretty much just want to go everywhere...
I can't get enough of travelling and sightseeing, so this blog is dedicated to the cool little places I would someday like to go.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

“Venice of the Netherlands” : Giethoorn

The picturesque village of Giethoorn in the Netherlands looks like something out of a fairytale. It’s not Venice, but it is idyllic and uniquely enchanting in its own way. In Giethoorn there are no roads – only canals. There are footpaths along the canals, and beautiful wooden footbridges to cross, but all cars must be left outside the village.
There are four miles of canals total, lined with beautiful old cottages with thatched roofs dating from the 1700’s. (For anyone who doesn’t know: a thatched roof is a roof made of straw.) Giethoorn has about 3000 residents and most live in cottages on private islands which serve as yards. On foot, many houses can only be accessed by a wooden footbridge.
What to do? Cycling, boating, guided canal tours – or just explore by yourself and take in the idyllic charm of this little village. You can get around using punts, canoes, kayaks, or “whisperboats,” which run on electrical motors. The canoes are quite shallow, so punting is especially easy (you push your boat along using a long stick). Shops and restaurants line the canals and each has its own dock, so it’s easy to get out and explore wherever you want.
Giethoorn is not a long train ride from Amsterdam, so you could do a daytrip to Giethoorn as part of a larger trip. There are also some excellent B&B’s you can stay in, and the owners are apparently very welcoming and friendly. The B&B’s will often rent bikes and boats so that you so that you can explore the village on your own.
In the winter, Giethoorn is a popular destination for ice skating. I think it would be absolutely magical to skate along the canals on a winter evening.
What to eat? Most of the B&B’s have their own restaurant or dinner service, and will serve you delicious home-cooked food. You can also eat at De Lindenhof, which is pricey but apparently a fantastic experience. De Lindenhof serves five course meals (that’s my kind of dinner!) and the food is creative, delicious and well presented. De Lindenhof is inside a traditional farmhouse and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. De Molenmeester is another restaurant, inside a restored mill, which serves regional organic dishes.
The canals can get quite busy as the day wears on, so it’s best to get out and about in the morning or wait until the evening, but no matter when you go Giethoorn will be a charming experience.


  1. There must not be much pollution there. I think it'd be so cool to travel by boat instead of using cars. Traveling by canal really adds to the aesthetics of Giethoorn. With all the thatched roof houses, it's like you traveled back in time. This would definitely be a place id like to visit one day.

  2. I was going to ask how far away it was from a major city, but then I read on. This is one place that I would love to go, and would actually have the dedication to save and go there. The Netherlands is such an enchanting place... must be all the dope

  3. To some degree I wish more of the world was like this. A place like this seems incredibly intigrated with nature. Almost as if it is naturally supposed to be there. I've always wanted to live by the water but I never considered something like this. I like Venice, or at least the idea of it seeing as I have never been, but I think I like this place more just because of its pure peaceful aspect.

  4. I would love to go somewhere like this. It is somewhere you could easily lose yourself in. It seems so peaceful. I could spend the rest of my life in a place as relaxing as this. If only we didn't the real world around us.

  5. Yeah I love this place so much because it just seems so peaceful!