Have you ever wanted to live in a fairy-tale place? Somewhere with cute little houses and rivers and lots of fresh flowers. Perhaps you’d even want to ride a boat for a change, you know, instead of using a car. A place like that exists and it’s straight up out of your dreams.
It’s called Giethoorn, it’s a village in the Netherlands that was founded in the 1200s and it’s absolutely magical and beautiful and quaint and all the best things. And you know what’s the cherry on top? There are no roads here.
Every single house in this village looks like a Disney character could live here. Look at it! Doesn’t that look like a place Snow White would be living at? Or perhaps Belle would spend her summers here.
Those are some of the cutest little houses we’ve ever seen. And the flowers and plants surrounding them, come on!
There are 176 bridges here, but no roads, only paths you can walk on or canals. So you can’t take a bus, or drive here. The main mode of transportation in Giethoorn is a boat. Most people who live here have whisper boats, which have silent motors so you can’t even hear them.
This adds to the whole fairy-tale atmosphere of the place. It’s very peaceful and quiet here and even the official website of the village says that the loudest noises in the village are made by ducks or other birds.
This village gets quite a few tourists because obviously, people would want to see this quaint place and enjoy a day in a place that’s green and peaceful. But as there’s no transport here, visitors have to leave their cars outside the village and get everywhere on foot. You can also rent one of the whisper boats on your own or with a local tour guide who will show you around and tell you more about this cute little place.
This village looks equally stunning all year round. In the spring and summer it’s a green haven of flowers and trees, in the autumn everything turns beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange. In the winter the canals sometimes freeze over and the village turns into a winter wonderland.
You can actually ice-skate around the village. Imagine how cute all of this is at Christmas time as it’s covered in fairy lights and you’re ice-skating under those cute bridges. It’s definitely a place one should visit in every season.