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Understand why the fairy tale village Giethoorn is called the Dutch Venice

It has no roads and cars, only canals

  • March 14, 2018 16:00
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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In one quaint Dutch village, Giethoom there are no cars at all, no roads, either. There are only canals. Giethoorn is named for the goat horns its medieval founders discovered buried in the mud there, remnants of a 10th-century flood. A small town of about 2,600 people, it's found on the edge of reclaimed marshland in the province of Overijssel, about a 90-minute drive northeast of Amsterdam. It's only accessible by boat.

Giethoorn is called the "Dutch Venice" because it has more than 55 miles of canoe trails which connect the canal-side homes, eateries, hotels, and museums in the town center. Over 180 wooden arch bridges over the canals allow pedestrians and cyclists to get around, but many houses can be accessed by boat only, so the mail is delivered by punt.

Source: Conde nast traveler

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