Although Venice steals the show in terms of canal-based transportation networks, it’s not alone. Take a look at the village of Giethoorn, Netherlands, where the population of just over 2,500 go about their daily lives without a single car.
Giethoorn itself dates back to the 1200′s, and many of its buildings today are from the 18th century. The canals run six and a half kilometres through the village, allowing residents and tourists alike to navigate the community, often on the silent, electically-powered “whisper boats”.
Footpaths and cycling trails create alternate routes throughout the village, with lovely wooden bridges spanning each canal.
photo by K.K. Chu