Giethoorn village in the Netherlands has tens of thousands of visitors each year. The village devoid of roads!

If you’ve ever wanted to live in your own fairy tale, you might want to consider moving to Giethoorn. This magical village, also known as “Venice of the Netherlands,” was founded around 1230 and is the kind that most people can only dream of…

It lacks roads and modern transportation, relying instead on canals. In addition, there are 176 bridges. Tourists must leave their cars outside of the village and travel here by foot or boat (typically “whisper boats” with noiseless engines). So you can probably imagine how peaceful it is here (when it isn’t swarming with tourists, of course)…

Even the village’s website says that “the loudest sound you can normally hear is the quacking of a duck or the noise made by other birds”. It’s like something out of a storybook.

The village Giethoorn has no roads

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But that doesn’t mean there’s no way to get around…

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The most common mode of transportation is by “whisper boats”, which have noiseless engines

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Therefore, the village is very peaceful…

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Image credits: Dino Cutic

The loudest sounds you’ll hear is probably the quacking of a duck (well, when it isn’t flooded with tourists, of course)

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Also known as “the Venice of the Netherlands”, this magical village was founded around 1230

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Image credits: NLHank

Its first inhabitants found numerous peat deposits and dug many holes over the years

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Image credits: Magda Djm

Eventually, these holes turned into lakes

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Image credits: worldfortravel.com

The newly created islands were connected with more than 176 bridges

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Image credits: worldfortravel.com

Which give the village a cozy fairy-tale touch…

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