A lush green paradise of Northern Europe in the warmer months, and a winter wonderland during the colder season, Giethoorn, Netherlands is a community that prides itself on its seclusion and interesting takes on daily life. Giethoorn is a magnet for those that have a strong urge for hedonistic relaxation, cultural sovereignty, and for those who want to live life in their own way, without giving in to many of the cultural standards of the surrounding European areas.
Often called the “Venice of the North” and “Venice of the Netherlands,” Giethoorn is made up of a series of canals that were created by the harvesting of peat moss from the swampy marshlands of the area. The land was first settled by fugitives from the Mediterranean region in around 1230 A.D., and the descendents kept pretty-much to themselves throughout most of history, never drawing too much attention to their beloved and unique town. Today, the town is open to travelers who want to see this little slice of heaven for themselves. Once you get out onto those canals, your soul begins to relax and you are absorbed into all of the beauty and life that you see along the sides of the canals. This is a destination not to be missed!
Check Out This Video of Boating Through the Canals of Giethoorn:
When winter comes, and the lush green foliage recedes for the season, Giethoorn takes on a completely new look and feel. As the canals freeze over, and the boats become useless for travel, the residents simply put on their ice skates. The canals of Giethoorn become one of the world’s largest ice skating rinks, and it looks like a lot of fun…