Village without streets (25 photos)

a giethoorn holland canals 15 Village without streets (25 photos)

Giethoorn is called the Venice of the Netherlands for about 7.5 km of canals run through the little village. Some 50 little wooden bridges span the canals. It was founded around 1230 when fugitives coming from the Mediterranian regions settled there. They found a lot of horns of wild goats there that had probably died in the big flood of St Elisabeth in 1170, and therefore they called the settlement Geytenhorn (horn of goats), later it became Geythorn and now it’s called Giethoorn. All traffic has to go over the water, and it is done in so-called “punters”, they are ‘whisper-boats’ for they are driven by an electric motor, so they practically do not disturb the peace and quiet in this scenic little village. The canal is only about 1 meter deep and were digged out to transport the peat, the digging of this peat resulted in many ponts and undeep lakes, called ‘Wieden’. Many houses have been built on islands and are only reachable over wooden bridges. Most houses have thatched roofs, the marshy areas provide a lot of reed. In former days only rich people had tiled roofs, for tiles were much more expensive than reed, now it’s the other way round: having a thatched roof costs a lot more money than have it covered with tiles. This is a very picturesque place to visit. [SOURCE]

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  • Amanda

    What planned communities would look like if Disney ruled the world.

    • @AnniBricca

      Gosh Amanda I thought exactly the same thing!

      • Bas

        That's because you are both retarded. It's beautiful because it is NOT commercial and NOT plastic. It just exists like this, for real. Real people live here.

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  • modianos

    wow. just wow.

  • Mr.Doom

    this village looks great probably not the place for small children but aside from that it looks like a really nice place to live

  • Waheeda

    I would love to live here – thinking of retiring here. Is there anyone that’s willing to sell me a home in Giethoorn?

  • krishna Sonia

    wow, great place to live. Is there anyone that’s willing to sell me a home in Giethoorn ?

  • Baba Sule

    Wow! What a pleasant sight, what a place to live.

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  • Cori

    Very nice, but the title of the article is not entirely true. You need only look up Giethoorne on Google Maps to see the other sides of these houses which lie along Beulakerweg: A paved street. There are certainly lots of canals in this town, but most houses are easily accessible by road.

  • Mary Lou Toby Martin

    I would like living out my years there. Looks very peaceful and quiet.

  • Regina

    Lindo! Maravilhoso! O verdadeiro paraiso.

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  • merwin

    funny,, The place where i was born.. there a lot more places like that over there.

  • Rakesh

    What we Indians call the places like this are the parts of heaven

  • A H Sufyani

    This is truely a place of peace.I will definitely visit one day there…i can imagine to see the nicely maintain the village, how nice would be the residents there….

  • Marianne

    I love Holland . Many beautiful places like this. My birthplace

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