Published On: Sun, Feb 4th, 2024

The pretty village where every building is straight out a fairytale | Travel News | Travel

This idyllic village is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, with stunning views that will make you feel as though you are in a fairytale. Deep in Northeastern Netherlands lies the serene Giethoorn.

The village embraces slow paced life, and on your visit you can expect to see very few cars (or people). Although it is only a 90 minute drive from Amsterdam, the two could not be more different.

Giethoorn has very few roads, so most people tend to get around by food or through the canals on boats. It has no shortage of bridges however, with more than 180 in the small town.

The houses dotted around the town also add to the fairytale aesthetic, the majority of which with beautiful thatched roofs. Many residents can only access their homes via the canal.

Giethoorn gained local fame after the production of the comedy ‘Fanfare’ that was filmed in the village in 1958. It again gained recognition after being selected out of 182 contenders from across the globe to feature in the new international edition of Monopoly.

Writing on TripAdvisor, Bulbul praised the destination: “Giethoorn is one of the most truly scenic and predominantly unspoiled destinations in Europe.

“I haven’t seen a place so spectacular and picturesque until now. The place hardly seems real.”

To get to Giethoorn, you can travel either by train or bus. There is no direct train from Amsterdam station, you must change at Amersfoot, then get a bus from Steenwijk to Dominee Hylkemaweg, then rent a boat to Giethoorn.

It is certainly not a straightforward journey, and will set you back by around £40, and two and a half hours. Alternatively, you can rent a car, however you may not be able to find a parking space, and there wouldn’t be a lot of opportunity to drive the car whilst in the predominantly walking town.

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