Giethoorn is a village in Overijssel province in The Netherlands. It's also known as Venice of the North or Venice of The Netherlands.
The village became especially famous after 1958, when a Dutch director Bert Haantsra showed it in his famous comedy "Fanfare". The Giethoorn village became a showplace of Netherlands.
In the older part of village earlier there was no roads (now there's a bicycle path) and all the transport connection through different canals. Those canals were made on the place of peat mining.
Giethoorn was founded by fugitives from the South of the country in, approximately, 1230 year. Giethoorn was a separate commune before 1973, when it became part of Brederveide.
J.Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Giethoorn" Map of former municipality, approximately 1868.
Giethoorn Travel Guide on VirtualTourist.com