Welcome to Giethoorn
Giethoorn – a highlight of Weerribben-Wieden National Park – is a town with no streets, only canals, walking paths and bike trails. Contrary to most Dutch geography, this 'Dutch Venice' is built on water crossed by a few bits of land. Farmers even used to move their cows around in row boats filled with hay. Hugely popular in summer, at other times it has an almost mystical charm as you wander its idiosyncratic waterways.
When the tourist hordes get too thick (the site has become a must-visit for Asian tour groups), head to the northern part of the village, which is quieter and quainter.