Giethoorn is a small village and well-known tourist spot in the Netherlands. Its main attraction is that there are no motorable roads in the old parts of the village. It is frequently referred as “Venice of the North” or “Venice of the Netherlands”.
The village was founded by a group of fugitives from the Mediterranean region around AD 1230. It became locally famous, especially after 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy “Fanfare” there.
About 7.5km of waterways run through the old part of Giethoorn, each averaging about one meter deep. Many houses have been built on islands and are only reachable over wooden bridges. Today, a bicycle path is the only road through the old town.