Giethoorn, a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel, is also called the Venice of the Netherlands, as there are about 7.5 km of canals running through this little village. In the old part of the village, there were no roads (but nowadays one can find a cycling path), and all transport was done by water over one of the many canals. It took about an hour and 50 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central, and another 20 minutes by bus from the Steenwijk station, for us to get to this idyllic water village.

Pretty cottages can be seen all along the canal banks.
Plenty of arts and crafts/ gift shops as well as eateries for visitors to pop into as they go exploring the village on foot.
And for those who prefer the nature side of things, one can enjoy views of cows grazing by the banks…..
….. or ducks swimming across the canals.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if one were to wake up to a view like this every morning?

We found Giethoorn to be a great choice for taking a day trip out of Amsterdam, and it is definitely a place I don’t mind returning to if ever I find myself to be around that corner of the world again.

And this was where we would have headed to next, if only we had not miss our interchange on the way back to Amsterdam and ended up going all the way to Rotterdam instead! :p
Well, another time perhaps….



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