Giethoorn is one of the most-visited villages in the Netherlands. If you want to live your own fairytale or you simply want to visit a fairytale-like village, then this is one of the best places in the country you should go to.
However, one thing that people are concerned about is the lack of roads in the village. Are there really no roads here?
No Roads, But…
To get to the village, you have to leave your cars outside the village and travel here by foot or boat. Therefore, it’s not really true that there are zero roads here. It’s only that the large part of the village, which is right smack in the middle, is only accessible by footpath or canal.
Don’t worry; the village itself is tiny, so it won’t be THAT tiring. Plus, you will be distracted by the beautiful scenery while you’re here.
Since there are no roads here, there is also no modern transportation here. If you want to explore the village, you have four options:
Some Ways to Get Around…
Riding the whisper boats is one of the most common mode of transportation in the village. Whisper boats are boats that don’t make any sound—thanks to their noiseless engines, you don’t have to worry about disrupting homeowners as you explore Giethoorn.
There are footpaths along the canals, but watch out, as. they are quite small. Moreover, there are over 150 bridges in the village you can walk on during your trip.
There are professional punteraars (boat operators) that you can find throughout the village. It is good to book a boat in advance. During peakseason it is very hard to rent a boat on the day itself and it will be a pity when you come to Giethoorn that you can’t explore the village from the water.
As mentioned, you can also cycle around the village. You can rent bikes in the village; when it comes to the terrain, you don’t need to worry at all. The terrains are flat here, which means you don’t need to worry about pulling a hamstring.
The loud sounds you’ll hear here will probably be from the quacking of a duck and the voices of tourists, especially during the peak months. Besides those, Giethoorn is exceptionally peaceful.
It’s safe to say that the village is car-free.