Giethoorn is a small village in the province Overijssel, nicknamed 'Little Venice' on account of the many canals running through the village. Where there is water in Holland, there are bridges. Water village Giethoorn has over 180 bridges and no roads.

The village is one of Holland's landmarks that many tourists visit each year and with good reason.

Giethoorn is one of the villages that has typical authentic Dutch houses and farm houses.
The name 'Giethoorn' was first mentioned around 1225. Flagellants are assumed to be the founders of the village. As a result of a flood in 1170 many goats drowned and the remains of these animals, especially the sculls and horns, were visible.

The village founders called their new settlement '
Geytenhorn', which means "Goat's horn". Through dialect the name corrupted into 'Giethoorn'.

Linguists however, argue that the word "
Hoorn" or "Horne" has, in this case, nothing to do with the horn of an animal. The word is used in several other names of villages and towns, and simply means "Land emerging from water" say, like a small island. In the case of Giethoorn, this might well be a plausible explanation.
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