According to a report last year by the Centre for Cities thinktank, cities in the north of England are outpacing London and the south in terms of economic growth.
Hidden Dutch wonderland
Giethoorn, a village on the water, located in the Dutch province of Overijssel, has more than 90 miles of water trails, surrounded by houses, museums and restaurants...
Of course, everything that you want to visit here you need to reach it by boat. Due to its extremely charming looks, this village was the nickname Dutch Venice, and is located on a number of lists of destinations that you must visit for life. In our gallery you can see 18 photos that show you this picturesque town, as well as some of the best places to see.
Whether you navigate through its canals during the summer or skate in the winter, you'll find a cornucopia of things to discover. Otherwise, this small city is under the auspices of the De Weerribben-Wieden National Park, which has greatly contributed to the preservation of its rich and interesting nature.
In this village there are no real roads - all traffic is carried by boats that sail the canals that connect homes, attractions, restaurants and even hotel accommodation. Boating is a very popular activity here, while the most popular transport is canoe, aside from Whisper boats that have ultra-silent electric motors. Here, even the mail is delivered by boat.
The leading parts of the city are connected by hundreds of bridges, so you can easily get from your resort and home to the main street, where there are art galleries and souvenir shops. If you visit this place, you will find several restaurants and cafes, which are located close to the canal, and you will, next great meal, desserts and coffee, have a chance to enjoy and a unique ambience. The popular restaurant that locals and tourists like to visit is the Smit's Paviljoen, which has existed since 1935 and is located on Bovenwijde Lake.
Of course, there is an abundance of fun activities that you can enjoy while you are in Giethoorn, besides excellent food. Here you can go on adventures on bikes or boats, and you can go on a picnic wherever you want.
While sailing the canals, you will be able to enjoy the curious architecture of the town, with traditional houses that keep a close watch on the channel. Houses here are often decorated with colorful flowers, which contribute to a subdued charm of the city.
Although this village, because of its charm, looks especially magical during the winter when it becomes a frozen wonderland, during the summer it offers you peace, tranquility and unlimited enjoyment of its beauty, mixed scents of flowers and the awakening of nature.
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