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

Freelancer, blogger and a world citizen.

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