Living in a fairytale isn’t really possible, unless you marry into old money, but you can certainly live in a place that looks like its straight out of a fairytale.
Enter the Dutch village of Giethoorn, also known as the “Venice of the Netherlands.” The storybook village was founded in 1230 and is the kind of place that most people could only dream of…. but it’s real. Tourists have to leave their cars outside the village and travel inside by foot or via “whisper boats,” which are virtual silent thanks to their electric engines. There are no roads in Giethoorn, only wooden walkways, gently winding canals and homes with perfect lawns that look almost too magical to be real.
The village website says that “the loudest sound you can normally hear is the quacking of a duck or the noise made by other birds.”
There are over 180 bridges in the village that sees some 200,000 Chinese tourists visit every year. It also landed a spot on the international Monopoly game.
Get me a plane ticket stat!