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The city of Giethoorn is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, and its history dates back to the Flagellants from the 13th century. Giethoorn was founded by a group of fugitives. They came around 1230 from regions bordering the Mediteranean. The story begun when the huge and big flood disaster destroy this town. After this flood, first inhabitants found masses of horns of wild goats, which had probably died in 1170 during the flood. They called their settlement Geytenhorn (geit = goat), ulimately becoming Giethoorn (dialect goat = geit = giet). Canals built for irrigation and agriculture are everywhere in Giethoorn, giving many of the homes and restaurants waterfront views. Lush greenery, manicured lawns and traditional architecture only increase the beauty of the town. Make the most of your time in Giethoorn by taking a canal boat tour and snapping photos of the many stunning bridges that span the water.