In European Villages Discovered-Kuressaare we discovered a small but amazing village in Estonia. I thought it was time to discover another gem Europe has to offer us.
Today’s excursion takes us to the northwest portion of Holland where we encounter an extremely lovely village that only has canals for roads.
There are many reasons to visit Holland – Amsterdam, Delft, Rotterdam or the cheese and tulips are just a few of the joys waiting for you. Venturing out from these more well known reasons to visit Holland is a small village that is charming, picturesque and waiting for you to discover it!
Sitting about an hour from Amsterdam lies Giethoorn. Known as the “Venice of the Netherlands”, Giethoorn has over 5 miles of canals running through the little village of approximately 2,600 people.
Founded by fugitives from the Mediterranean region in 1230, today there are no roads within this old village. Where did the canals come from? Peat.
Peat was a big commodity of centuries past and it was the digging of the peat that formed the many small lakes in the area. The canals were made to transport the peat out to market.
Today you can enjoy the wonderful canals either by taking a guided canal tour, renting your own “whisper boat” or canoe, or by walking the many paths sprinkled through the village and along the canals.
Floating the canals will introduce you to the many wooden bridges spanning the canals and the 18th & 19th century thatched roofed houses hiding between the trees. Many of the homes are only reachable via the canals or by crossing one of the many bridges dotting the village. How cool would it be to arrive home in this manner?
I think this would be one of the most relaxing and wonderful ways to spend a few hours or a day. Picnic anyone?
Geithoorn is a wonderful little village that is full of unparalleled beauty. The beautiful and peaceful atmosphere of this village is calling me to visit.