Dutch Venice-a village where there are no roads or cars
There are places in Europe where you won’t see a road, hear the roar of engines, or breathe exhaust fumes. This is not a fantasy or a dream! In the Netherlands, there is a magical place that has earned a romantic name – Dutch Venice. In our technological age, this unique settlement surprises not only with its identity and national color, but also with the way of movement. For many centuries in a row, local residents even go to their neighbor… they go by boat.The village of Githorn is truly a Paradise on earth! And it is located just 120 kilometres from Amsterdam in the national Park Weerribben-Wieden. It has become such a unique place not because of its natural location or terrain features, but as a result of thoughtless actions of local residents.
The first settlers were happy with the area where there is a lot of peat and settled here, just dug it near their homes, so it was more convenient. But over time, these ditches filled with water and they had to make channels so that they could at least get to the right place by water.
Since then, the villagers have had to travel only by boat. But this circumstance does not upset them at all, and the guests of this settlement are envious and delighted.
In total, the length of the channels is 7.5 kilometers, and rowing boats and small boats with electric motors move along them all day, which are not only eco-friendly, but also completely silent, which is important for the tranquility of life.The fabulous homes of local residents, which currently number about 50, are located on small Islands and are connected to the surrounding area by wooden bridges. Just imagine that each of them lives on their own private island! This is just a modern man’s dream and, unfortunately, is almost out of reach.
The usual streets and sidewalks you will not see anywhere here, the only thing that recently made a narrow bike path on one side of the canal.
To get to the other side of these water streets is possible only with the help of original bridges, which have a special shape, in total there are about 180 of them in the village. Typically, these are arched bridges with a very steep bend, created so that boats and electric boats, the largest watercraft of the Githorn, can pass under them.
In winter, when the water freezes, all the branches of the channel turn into a solid skating rink. Therefore, all local residents hide their boats and boats in special hangars, and they themselves move on skates.
Many tourists during this period come here not only to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city streets,but also to go skating.The villagers do not want to redo their houses in a modern way, so they have a fantastic view. All the buildings that were previously called farms have almost preserved their original appearance and carry a special atmosphere and flavor of the Dutch village of the XVIII century.The houses are decorated in the national spirit and do not look like each other.
The only thing they have in common is a roof covered with marsh reeds, and a bridge for movement.All the farmsteads of an unusual village are simply surrounded by greenery, and each owner strives to create their own unique territory, which makes this area simply delicious.The village of Githorn gained its popularity only 50 years ago, after the famous Director Bert Hanstra shot the Comedy “Fanfare”in it.
The extraordinary beauty of these places made a huge impression on the audience, and since then Githorn has become one of the most visited places in Holland.
After all, everyone wants not only to look at this picturesque place, but also to plunge into the atmosphere of comfort and silence, which the locals are proud of more than man-made channels.Another feature of these places is that all the farmsteads, facades of houses and public places are decorated with goat horns and even charming figures of goats themselves. This strange at first glance worship of these animals goes back a long time, because according to legend, when the founders of the village first arrived at this place, they saw scattered on the ground goat horns. Hence the original name – Githorn, which means – goat’s horns.Tourists are happy to photograph not only the incredible beauty of these places, but also such an unusual attraction. Returning home, everyone without exception remembers with delight such a fantastic place, calling it a corner of Paradise or “fabulous unreality”.
Such places are increasingly attracting the inhabitants of our planet with their primeval nature and unusual color. More and more often there is a desire to plunge into that cozy and peaceful environment, to forget for a moment the rapid and noisy modern rhythm of life.