3. Giethoorn, Netherlands
Giethoorn is a beautiful canal village located in Overijssel province of Netherlands. The land of this village is separated by canals and connected by small bridges. There are more than 180 bridges in Giethoorn village. This canal village is also known as ‘Venice of the Netherlands’.
It is a car-free village. Sailing the cycling is the only way to get around the village. You can access noise-free boats to cruise through the canals of Giethoorn. The boats in this village are known as ‘whisper boats’. These boats are installed with silent electric motors instead of noisy petrol engines. So you can enjoy a peaceful rise through the dreamy canals of Giethoorn village.
Giethoorn used to be a pedestrian precinct, 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, and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. The lakes in Giethoorn were formed by peat unearthing.
Giethoorn was a separate municipality until 1973, when it became part of Brederwiede.