10 Outstanding Canal Cities

(Last Updated On: January 8, 2018)

There is no other city like Venice. It is one of the most beautiful canal cities in the world with its extraordinary architectural masterpieces on the Lagoon. The city has a long history of cultivating tourism and it is in the spotlight since forever.

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Sheldon Adelson, a well known business magnate was so impressed with Venice that he created a luxurious hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian.  The hotel has many replicas of Venetian landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and the Piazza San Marco.

Maybe Venice is on top of our mind when it comes to canal cities but there are plenty of other remarkable canal cities around the world. The most beautiful ones are in the Netherlands and in France, but that is just me being subjective.

Extraordinary Canal Cities Around the World

1 | Alappuzha

Alappuzha is a city in southern India that is also known as Alleppey, but at the same time this city is recognized as Venice of the East. This is an area with tranquil canals and lagoons and it is popular for its houseboat cruises. This is a very popular tourist destination with many events throughout the year.

2 | Alkmaar

Alkmaar is a city in North Holland that is built along canals. The city is popular for its cheese markets and even if you are a cheese buff you can visit the cheese museum which is placed in the Weigh House.

3 | Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city where you can witness the 17th century Golden Age through its narrow houses. With many restaurants, coffe shops, museums and parks we can say that there is never a shortage of things that you can do and see in Amsterdam. The best way to explore the city is by bike or on foot.

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4 | Annecy

Annecy is a small town in southeastern France. This is probably one of the most romantic cities in the world. The cobbled streets along the winding canals are perfect for a romantic walk. Take a stroll across the lover`s bridge and find a café that overlooks the canals for a serene break.

5 | Bamberg

Bamberg is a town in northern Bavaria that remained intact. Visiting Bamberg seems like going back in medieval times. The architecture is a combination of medieval and baroque. The whole city is a unique work of art and for that reason the whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6 | Birmingham

Birmingham is a large city in England that you can visit on a day trip from London. It is one of those beautiful canal cities that have lots to offer. It has more canals than Venice and a very unique architecture that is worth to see.

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7 | Brittany

Brittany or Bretagne in French is one of the most enchanting places you can visit. The best way to do so is by boat along a canal and you will witness some of the most breathtaking views. Brittany is not only known as one of the best canal cities in the world but it is also known for its rugged coastline with beach resorts.

8 | Bruges

Bruges is a city in Belgium that is known not only for its canals but also for its medieval buildings. Bruges is the perfect city for a weekend getaway since it can be reached not only from Brussels but from London as well.

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9 | Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz is a city in northern Poland. The city has a history that goes back to the Middle Ages thanks to its favorable location. The tourists usually visit this city today because it has a neighborhood that resembles Venice and it is one in the row of the many canal cities in the world.

10 | Cape Coral

Cape Coral is a city in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. The city is popular for its many canals, actually there are more than 400 miles of canals in Cape Coral. This makes the city the perfect destination for many outdoor activities.

This turned out to be a list of 10 canal cities but there is more to come in my next article.

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Author: Elena

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    Amber Marie

    February 1, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I would love to visit Amsterdm and Bruges. Or any of the cities on your list. There is something so charming about cities with canals running through them. I hadn’t heard of Annecy and it looks fabulous!

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    Michele Dennis

    February 1, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    I love canals so much that I live on one. Of course not as magnificent as these ones!

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    Alison Rost

    February 1, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    WOW! Each one is amazing and it would be so awesome to be able to explore all these cities if I had the chance. I’ve always been fascinated with canal cities.

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    February 2, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Venice sure set the benchmark high for the canal cities around the world! I’m glad that you featured so many other less-known canal cities here that give us a glimpse of what the world looks like! Beautiful, especially Annecy at southern France!

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    Dr. Ashley

    February 2, 2018 at 3:37 am

    So many beautiful places to visit! If I wasn’t so afraid of flying, I would be able to visit them 🙂

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    February 2, 2018 at 10:55 am

    So, I’ve been to Birmingham, venice and Alapuzzha and yet wish to explore more of the canal cities. Possibly Amsterdam as a next target? Great list, have bookmarked it!

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    David Elliott

    February 2, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I always new about Venice, but I didn’t realize there were so many other ones around. Although I guess I knew about Amsterdam but didn’t think about it like that. This is such a great list.

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    February 3, 2018 at 5:23 am

    This is an amazing compilation. I am glad you have added Allapuzha or Allepey as the locals call it. I love that place 🙂

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    February 4, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Wao these stunning place <3 I would love to visit Amsterdam and Bruges. There is something so charming about cities … Great list, have bookmarked it!

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    Ami Rose

    February 4, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Wow I needed this and have saved it for future reference. I love canal cities and would love to visit all of these. Annacy looks wonderful!

    Ami xxx

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    February 4, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I’ve been to Venice (the one in Italy, lol) but I hated the smell of the canals. I really want to visit Amsterdam though!

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    February 5, 2018 at 5:02 am

    A few cities here I had not heard of it and they all look so lovely! So many places left to see and now I’ll have to add some of these to my bucketlist 😀

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    February 6, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Wonderful canal cities! Bydgoszcz is so so beautiful and colorful. I always wanted to visit Allepee, it’s a beautiful place

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    February 6, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    I love Venice too! It’s such a magical place, isn’t it? I went some 20 years ago to the opening of the Carnival and it was just like stepping back in time! I still have very clear memories of the trip as it was so memorable. I wasn’t so keen on Amsterdam to be honest? Where in Brittany is the town you’re mentioning? It looks stunning

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