Village Without Roads Uses Canals to Maneuver Along Its Fairy Tale-Like Landscape

Tucked away in the rural Netherlands is Giethoorn, a picturesque village that’s earned the nickname “Dutch Venice” because it lacks roads or any form of modern transportation. To get around, you travel the old-fashioned way—via canals or on foot across one of its 176 bridges.

The peaceful setting, founded around 1230, features a series of small waterways that guide boats past its historic architecture and luscious vegetation. Similar to vehicle-occupied roads, the canals have their own “streets” that take you past thatched-roof farmhouses, museums, and commerce. Unlike cars, however, the overall landscape is a quiet one. Electric “whisper boats” are popular alternatives to motorboats and make a minimal amount of noise. According to Giethoorn tourism: “The loudest sound you can normally hear is the quacking of a duck or the noise made by other birds.” For those looking for a serene getaway, Giethoorn is it.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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