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Urban Planet Weird Wednesday: Venice of the Netherlands

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Weird Wednesdays on Urban Planet takes a look at obscure, absurd, and curious things about cities around the world.

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.

Giethoorn became a popular tourist site after being features in Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra 1958 comedy Fanfare.

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photo by K.K. Chu


One comment

  1. This house looks very dreamy and fantastic …great stuff 
    foot path and cycle trails are a cruicial part of the city