Around 13 years ago I received an email with the title “a village in Netherlands with no cars and roads”. I’ve always wanted to visit this village but during my first travel to Europe I couldn’t find enough time to do so. In my second visit, I planned my itinerary in a way so that I can visit both my friend Hamid, who lives in Netherlands, and Little Venice.
I arrived in Netherlands in a Sunday and since Hamid was free that day, he accompanied me. It was around 200 kilometers from Eindhoven to Giethoorn in northeastern Netherlands.
After having a cup of tea in a cafe we bought a ticket for a tour on a boat around the village. We decided not to rent a private boat because it was rainy. Instead we bought a ticket for one the bigger boats with roof and a guide. Ticket was €15 per person. Other people on the your were all Dutch families who were spending their Sunday afternoon outside.
The boat tour took 50 minutes. Afterwards we walked around Giethoorn for a couple of hours. Aside from canals that have been the primary and only way of transportation here, a few cycling paths have been created recently.
The village’s population is 2600 but each year there are 200 thousand Chinese tourists alone visiting. Maybe this is the reason many of the houses in the village have the for sale sign.
Big groups of Chinese tourists usually come to Giethoorn during summer and fall, Netherlands’ tourism seasons. Fortunately there was no sign of them in that fall afternoon.
The lakes around Giethoorn were formed by peat unearthing and gradually filled water during the years.
If you’re planning to go to Giethoorn from Amsterdam, first you need to get to Meppel by train, then from Meppel, take the bus line 79 to Giethoorn. It takes around 2 hours and the ticket will cost around €40.
To be comfortable, you can also buy a Giethoorn tour ticket from Amsterdam. The whole tour including driving from Amsterdam to Giethoorn, boat tour and going back to Amsterdam takes around 8 hours and costs around €80.
My photos have been taken in a rainy and cloudy day in fall and should not be compared with those photos taken by a professional camera in a sunny day you usually see on the internet. 🙂
All houses were beautiful
Ahmad Khani Iranian backpacker and travel lover