The Giethoorn village is often called the 'Venice of the Netherlands', but unlike the Italian city, here are only canals. The boats which are used to travel around the place use noiseless motors.
Most of the houses are built on small, private islands, which are connected by many bridges. There are more than 180 bridges in Giethoorn.
In winter, the canal water freezes and the locals and tourists ice skate on them. Despite the number of tourists who visit this village every year, this fairy-tale village always remains picture perfect.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Giethoorn is between mid-April and mid-October. August is a bad time because that is when the village becomes full of tourists.
How long to stay: One or two nights here would be sufficient to appreciate the serenity
The best place to eat: The most famous café in Giethoorn is 'The Fanfare'.
Where to stay: There are some AirBnBs in Giethoorn as well as a few hotels. Hotel de Harmonie is a famous four-star hotel. Rooms include breakfast and the hotel also rents boats . There are some other three-star hotels as well as bed-and-breakfasts if you'd like some more accommodation options for Giethoorn.
What not to miss: You must not forget to rent a boat as this is the best way to explore the beautiful village. The view from the water is much better than simply walking along the canals. There are many boat renting options.