This beautiful village is located in the northwestern province Overijssel, in the central part of the Netherlands. From Amsterdam it is situated about 90 kilometers away and from Rotterdam and Hague and about 110.
The village, still only fully accessible by boat, is one of several places commonly known as the Venice of the North or Venice of the Netherlands.
Giethoorn is a very popular attraction among Chinese tourists. The village of only 2620 inhabitants sees between 150,000 and 200,000 Chinese tourists every year.
Giethoorn used to be an auto-free zone, but nowadays exceptions are made. It became locally famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy Fanfare there. In the old part of the village, there were no roads (though a cycling path was eventually added), and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. The lakes in Giethoorn were formed by peat unearthing.
This place has about 2,600 citizens who live in homes of their own private islands. About 180 bridges are the only way to arrive to most of the houses, and of course, the second option are the small boats.In Giethoorn there are various museums where you can learn about the life and work of the last 100 years, to see pottery works, as well as old cars, bikes and sleds. There are also organized numerous art exhibitions, and there are special activities for children. During the winter, this place is extremely attractive for fans of ice skating.
Here are some more pictures of this lovely village-