Are you fed up of dusty roads and congested traffic in your Country? Try visiting Giethoorn village. Some called Giethoorn as the Water Village with No roads!
It is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel in Netherlands. It is so peaceful, so different and has such simple beauty that it hardly seems real – gently gliding along small canals past old but pretty thatched-roof farmhouses.
Giethoorn is known as water village. On visiting Giethoorn, you will find yourself on the edge of vast series of lakes and canals, ideal for boaties, angling and paddle-cycling.
Boating has been a popular tourist attraction here for years, with around 90 km of canoe trails and scores of motorboats to rent, but now, instead of conventional outboard motors, the hire shops stock so-called ‘whisper boats’ – dinghies driven by electric motor.
Although there are organized boat tours, it’s more fun to hire a small electric boat that requires no great technical skill to operate, and seats two or three comfortably.
Most of the canal-side restaurants rent them and it’s a Giethoorngrand way to spend an afternoon, gently puttering down the narrow waterways, under gracefully arching bridges, past cosy thatched cottages.
There are three canal-side museums to explore and the Schreur shipyard, where the Giethoorn punt is built.
Footpaths beside the canals are ideal for walking or cycling, and there’s a wide selection of cafes and restaurants.
You can turn down a “side street” (another small canal) and drift under a wooden bridge where an elderly resident may be strolling over to see a neighbor. No this is not Venice, or Amsterdam.
It is too quiet, too serene and remote. It is so calm that its nickname of the “Dutch Venice” may give a false impression of size and crowds and commercialism.
The most obvious thing one can do by visiting Giethoorn is to rent a boat here and explore the waterways.
But be wary that in high season, sometimes free boats are hard to come by, so make sure you rent one early in the morning.
But the boat is not the only way you can be on the water here.
You can also rent an inflatable ball, and after you are positioned inside of the big transparent ball, you can literally walk on water or float. This is one of the best attraction here. Don’t miss it if you are visiting Giethoorn.
If you wish to spend time on land instead, you can rent a bike and explore the village and it’s calm surroundings.
By cycling, you will able to explore the Dutch countryside with farm animals and endless fields.
But if you are more inclined to not do any adventure trips or wearing activity, you can choose to stay in Giethoorn, relax, eat at some of the restaurants there or visit some of the museums.