Giethoorn, Venice of the Netherlands - 2851
Giethoorn, located in the province of Overijssel, this charming village is often referred to as “Little Venice” or the “Venice of the Netherlands”.
So, how did this picturesque village get its nickname? Well, whilst there is one bike/footpath, for the most part, Giethoorn is only accessible by boat through a network of small canals.
Traditionally, the inhabitants of the village got around by “Gieterse Punter”, a small sailing barge. Nowadays, the “whisper” boat (fluisterboot) is the preferred method of transport, as it is electric, environmentally-friendly and noiseless.
Its many small canals, cute islands with lovely (former) farmhouses with thatched roofs and copious quaint wooden bridges (over 180 of them!) make Giethoorn a very Instagrammable place. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the place is quite popular with tourists. The town is especially popular with Asian tourists. Per year, an estimated 350.000 Chinese people visit Giethoorn. To compare, only 2.400 people live in the village.
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