The part of Giethoorn Netherlands that most Foreign tourists will see when they visit Giethoorn Netherlands is called Giethoorn village. This part of Giethoorn contains all little islands which are connected by 176 bridges to the mainland. On all these islands in Giethoorn village there are houses (farmhouses) which are build in the 18th and 19th centuries. A walking / cycling path named: 'Binnenpad' runs right through this area where tourist shops and restaurants (which are well represented) are interspersed with typical Dutch houses with thatched roofs.
No roads can be found in this Giethoorn village area of Giethoorn. Therefore, we can speak of a car-free zone. This area is also referred to the commercial heart of Giethoorn. For instance, Places where you can rent whisper boats, board a guided cruise, enter a restaurant or a visit museum are in this area. This cycling/foot path ''reffered as'' (Binnenpad) is like walking on a film set. We live in a social media era. Therefore it is sometimes necessary to wait for your turn to get that perfect picture of that roof thatched house that your social friends must see of course.
If you had little money at the time, you had your house covered with reeds. So, it's the other way around now. In fact, placing roof tiles on a house is now cheaper than having it covered with thatch. However, residents of Giethoorn village are happy to stick to the tradition of the roof thatched houses. Therefore they renew their roofs every 40 years.
All these thatched houses are surrounded by often deep green well-kept lawns with beautiful flowering hydrangeas. So, in combination with the many waterways with rows of weeping willows along the canals and the 176 bridges you imagine yourself in a romantic fairy tale.