Giethoorn: The Enchanting Town Without Streets

Giethoorn Photograph

Known in the Netherlands as the “Venice of the North,” the picturesque Giethoorn is a town with nary a road to be found. Instead, over four miles of canals run through the Overijssel province’s rural village.

Giethoorn Town Without Streets

Town Without Streets Pictures

First settled by Franciscan monks in the thirteenth century, Giethoorn initially served as part of a large nature reserve. The monks had the canals dug for transporting peat and are only about one meter deep.

Giethoorn Holland

Canals For Streets

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo, as well as a graduate researcher at The New School.
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