Giethoorn is called the Venice of the Netherlands. If so, it is a very rural Venice. Old Farmhouses line the canal, which serves as Main street. Most are used as accomodation for tourists. In summer the canals are filled with excursion boats and the foot paths with lightly dressed tourists. In winter everything is closed. The local band “de flagellanten” play in the last pub which stays open, and the only open hotel has plenty of space. On a nice November day this is the time to come here.