Giethoorn is a small village in the Netherlands. The population is only around 2600 people. By comparison, the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, has a population of around 800,000 people (not to mention the greatest waffles in the history of breakfast).
Instead of roads, residents get around by canoeing the canals. Or they can stroll across the town's many sidewalks and bridges. It's like you're being transported to the past, only better because, you know, clean water, toilets, internet, Netflix....
The land was initially very marshy, but the settlers dug out the peat in the area, causing deep ditches. (Again, there's that dedication again. You just know that none of us could have been bothered to dig out peat.)
With no roads, that means there are zero cars in the village. So if you call for a Lyft or an Uber, you'll probably have to wait a while. But, still, probably not any longer than waiting for a driver in Los Angeles, primetime on a Saturday night.
Giethoorn has over four miles of canals, with houses dotting them that date back to the 18th century. Think about that: There are houses in Geithoorn that have been around since the invention of the steam engine. And yet I need a new smartphone every two to three years.
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Want to experience Giethoorn further? Watch some video of the footage here. Or get really up close and travel to the village on your next vacation.
Sorry, Amsterdam, you'll have to wait until the next, next vacation.