There are no roads in Geithoorn. Only dreamy canals dripping with lush flora and quiet canoes gliding by…
Am I daydreaming?
No, I swear – this place is real.
The village of Geithoorn is located in the Netherlands and has a year-round population of 2,500. But there are seriously no roads – only footpaths and meandering canals punctuated with the quaintest thatched roof cottages on the planet.
The residents of Giethoorn use canoes, kayaks or silent motor boats to move around the narrow canals. There are no loud, obnoxious motor boats permitted.
This Netherlands hamlet is located in the Overijssel province. Giethoorn was founded in 1230 AD by fugitives who had escaped from the Mediterranean. It was originally a nature reserve so that helped to keep the area untouched by modern development.
There are also about 180 foot bridges connecting the little islands on which the homes are situated.
The residents take great pride in their history and unique setting and each home is meticulously well-maintained.
They do get snow here in the wintertime. In fact, the canals often freeze over.
The locals have adapted, however, by using ice skates to get around in the frozen months.
But summer looks like the prime season to visit and gawk at these adorable homes.
Besides the cottage homes, Giethoorn features several museums, restaurants and artisan shops that cater to tourist.
Are you ready to quit your job and the rat race and move to this enchantingly peaceful village? Well it doesn’t come cheap – as you might guess.
I found this Giethoorn cottage that is currently for sale….
Price for this 10 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is $737,055 USD.
Have a look at some interior pictures:
This particular home was built around the year 1890 but underwent a thorough renovation in 1997.
The listing says that there is an elementary school “within walking distance”.
The property includes a sizable garden as well.
The loudest thing you will hear around this place are ducks flapping on the water.
An idyllic peaceful existence in the Venice of the North awaits for some lucky soul.
So what’s holding you back?