The Venice of the Netherlands
The village of Giethorn, Netherlands, also known as the ‘Venice of the Netherlands, has no roads or any modern transportation at all, only canals to get around as well as 176 bridges connecting to other islands. The only means of transportation for this town is the use of ‘whisper boats’, boats with noiseless engines. The village has its own unique atmosphere of silence, relaxation and comfort using these whisper boats. The village became famous in the 1960s, thanks to the Dutch director Bert Haanstra, who used it as a location in one of his movies. The houses in this village feature their old thatched roofs, now are more expensive than tiled roofs. Take a look at these photos and then tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!
Over the years, the inhabitants found numerous peat deposits. Pleased with their discovery, the settlers dug for peat in the areas that suited them the most, and consequently left holes in the ground. As time passed, these holes turned into lakes, and then into the chain of canals we see today, which have helped make the village a major tourist attraction.
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