Both during summer and winter, cities are a major destination for tourists all around the world and when a location can combine buildings with nature, the result is stunning and unforgettable.
On this article we will reveal you 10 of the most beautiful canal cities you can see around the world. The top 10 list of the most charming cities on water to choose as your next holiday destination, either you prefer western or eastern countries.
1. Venice, Italy
Unique and unforgettable, the city is the envy of any human on earth.
2. Stockholm, Sweden
It’s the Swedish capital built on 14 islands with 57 connecting bridges. In addition, a bike ride along the major Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen canal will bring you to the Vasa Museum where you can admire an intact 17th-century warship.
3. St. Petersburg, Russia
Enjoy an intricate network of canals criss-crossing the city and the grand Neva River that breaks off into strands.
4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
One of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam is stunning for its canals and the canal cruises which are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals. During winter waters freeze and you can ice skating on them.
5. Dresden, Germany
Located in the eastern German Free State of Saxony, nearby the border to the Czech Republic, Dresden lies on both banks of the Elbe River (The most important and the only navigable body of water to flow through the city). You can see also a number of tributaries such as the Weißeritz river.
6. Strasbourg, France
One of the nine largest cities in France, Strasbourg is situated on the eastern border of France with Germany. Its historic core lies on the Grande Île in the River Ill and was the first city centre to be classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Water-bus tours will take you around the city, enjoying its “watery side”.
7. Fort Lauderdale, USA
It’s known for its extensive network of canals: 165 miles (266km) of waterways within the city limits. It’s not a case that the Fort Lauderdale nickname is “Venice of America”.
8. Suzhou, China
Located in Southeastern Jiangsu Province of East China, Suzhou is one of the top tourist attractions in China thanks to its canals, stone bridges, pagodas and meticulously designed gardens.
9. Tigre, Argentina
You can find the town in the Buenos Aires Province. Tigre lies on the Paraná Delta and sits on an island created by several small streams and rivers.
10. Alappuzha, India
The town is located in Kerala state of southern India and entirely built on water. Also known as Alleppey, Lord Curzon described it as the “Venice of the East”. Therefore its nickname is “Venetian Capital” of Kerala. A town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons.
Do you prefer cities or beaches? In these locations you can enjoy both buildings and water. Have you ever been in one of them? What other charming canal cities do you know?