The small town Giethoorn from Netherlands called Venice of the North is so beautiful and it seems to be part from the hobbits stories of JRR Tolkien.

The bridges are made entirely from wood and are used as secondary transportation. Spring View

The bridges are made entirely from wood and are used as secondary transportation. Spring View

A “simple life” doesn’t really explain the satisfaction and pleasure this community must feel as they travel throughout their town. The only access is on water, or over wood bridges with beautiful views of the many canals that cross throughout the lush flora and quaint homes.

Canal tours are popular with many tourists.

Canal tours are popular with many tourists.

The channels have a total length of 6.5 km and the houses are built on islands connected by more than 150 rustic wooden bridges.

Venice of North so colorful in autumn

Venice of The North so colorful in autumn

Around 1230 CE a group of fugitives from the Mediterranean region founded the small hamlet, but it wasn’t until later that a group of monks dug the iconic canals in order to transport peat through the area. Due to this, the canals are only about a meter deep.

Venice of North - Autumn View

Venice of The North – Autumn View

Travel among the islands is only possible via small boats, including gondolas, row boats, and ships called “whisper boats” which have tiny, silent engines to keep from breaking the quant atmosphere.

Giethoorn in winter. All frozen

Giethoorn in winter. All frozen

Giethoorn may not be Venice, but it makes Italy’s river city look like a crass metropolis.

Giethoorn in winter. All frozen

Venice of The North in winter. All in white, just the houses seems to be animated