The Town with No Roads

homeThere is a village in the Netherlands that has walk-ways, bridges, and a canal…but no roads. Giethoorn was founded by a group of outlaws from the Mediterranean region in approximately 1230 AD. The canal that runs through the town is four miles long. There are more than 150 bridges, all of which are made of wood. The tourists that visit Giethoorn have to leave their cars out of the village but can still enjoy the many activities the village has to offer. Today, the population of the village is around 2620 people.

Giethoorn became famous when a Dutch film maker named Bert Haanstra made a comedy called “Fanfare” there. Since then, many tourists enjoy the small towns’ bicycling pathways and fascinating, 200-year old homes. Giethoorn has been nicknamed the “Venice of Holland”. This town gives a whole new meaning to the phrase,” The road to success is always under construction.”

-Anee Allen

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