If you ever wanted to live your own fairy-tale, you may want to consider moving to the village Giethoorn. Also known as “Venice of the Netherlands”, this magical village founded around 1230 is the kind most people could only dream of…

It has no roads or any modern transportation at all, only canals. Well, and 176 bridges too. Tourists have to leave their cars outside of the village and travel here by foot or boat by (usually by “whisper boats”, which have noiseless engines). So you can probably imagine how peaceful it is here (well, when it isn’t flooded with tourists, of course)… Even the village’s website says that “the loudest sound you can normally hear is the quacking of a duck or the noise made by other birds”. It’s like something out of a storybook.

More info: giethoorntourism.com (h/t: brightside)

The village Giethoorn has no roads

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But that doesn’t mean there’s no way to get around…

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The most common mode of transportation is by “whisper boats”, which have noiseless engines

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Image credits: unknown

Therefore, the village is very peaceful…

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Image credits: Dino Cutic

The loudest sounds you’ll hear is probably the quacking of a duck (well, when it isn’t flooded with tourists, of course)

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Also known as “the Venice of the Netherlands”, this magical village was founded around 1230

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Image credits: NLHank

Its first inhabitants found numerous peat deposits and dug many holes over the years

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Image credits: Magda Djm

Eventually, these holes turned into lakes

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Image credits: worldfortravel.com

The newly created islands were connected with more than 176 bridges

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Image credits: worldfortravel.com

Which give the village a cozy fairy-tale touch…

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Image credits: brainparking.com

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