15 Wonderful Canal Cities
As I said before, my previous article turned out to be a list of some of the most outstanding canal cities. This time I continue the list, but this time I will add 15 more canal cities to it.
1 | Dordrecht
Dordrecht is a city in the western Netherlands that you need to explore unrushed. You cannot just go in and out and call it a trip. The highlight of the city is the Grote Kerk or the “Great Church” and for €1 you can climb the tower and witness the heaviest bell in the whole Netherlands.
2 | Enkhuizen
Enkhuizen is another municipality in Netherlands where people usually go for the traditional Dutch feel. This city is very small so you can explore it on foot. All the sights that are worth seeing are around the harbor area.
3 | Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is a city in Florida which is known as the “Venice of America”. The best way to explore the city is by bike at least that is what we did. The beach is not that far from downtown but during the summer is usually hot so you cannot just stroll from one place to another. No matter what you means of transportation are, you will enjoy the expansive canals and cross the bridges.
4 | Ghent
Ghent is a city in Belgium that is only 30 minutes train ride from Brussels. Keep in mind that the train station is a bit further from the city center so if you do not like to walk you can catch a tram. The best part, the one that I like the most is that almost all of these canal cities are small so you can walk around on foot.
5 | Giethoorn
Giethoorn is a picturesque village that I am personally obsessed with. It is so small and beautiful and everywhere you look you see small cottages, canals and bridges. This is probably one of the most beautiful canal cities in the world.
Read more about Guide to Giethoorn: A Fairy Tale Town with no Roads
6 | Ljubljana
Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and it is known as one of the smallest capital cities in Europe. On the one side of the city is the river and on the other side is the canal which makes the city a small “island”.
7 | Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and it is known as the “Venice of the North”. Saint Petersburg is a very big city which means that it boasts with things to see and do. Plan your trip very well before you go because Saint Petersburg has many things to offer so you do not want to miss the highlights at least.
8 | Schiedam
Schiedam is a city in the Netherlands that was built around some nice canals and it is known for having the tallest old windmills. So if you happen to be there you have to see the windmills as well as some of the major sites in the city.
9 | Schwabisch Hall
Schwabisch Hall is a city in Germany that is easily accessible from Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart in about 2 hours. This is a small medieval town that is divided into upper town and lower town. One of the main attractions is the St Michael`s Church and if you happen to visit Schwabisch Hall during the summer you might see a theater on the steps of the church.
10 | Stockholm
Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden. The inner city is made up of 14 islands and it is marvelous to explore. The city has been untouched by wars so for that reason it has some old architecture that needs to be seen. There are many landmarks, museum and couple of spots that give great view of Stockholm from above.
11 | Suzhou
Suzhou is a city in China that is known as Venice of the East. The old center of the city is surrounded by a beautiful canal, Weichang River and almost all the sites are in this area. The best way to explore the city is by bike which you can rent from your hostel. Suzhou is not only one of the most beautiful canal cities in the world but it also has some of the finest gardens that date from 11th to the 19th century.
12 | The Nivernais Canal
The Nivernais canal follows the course of the river Yonne and links the Loire with the Seine. The Nivernais canal is for lovers of unspoiled landscapes that go through beautiful valleys and vineyards.
13 | Ulm
Ulm is a city in South West Germany that is mostly known for the highest church steeple, but what attracted my attention the most was the fact that this city is one of the most beautiful canal cities. You can walk around the city center or take a cruise and do not forget to visit the birthplace of Albert Einstein.
14 | West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire is a county in England that has an ancient canal network. You can take a canal cruise and hop on and off in towns and villages. If you feel adventurous you can hire a boat for the day too.
15 | Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans is just 20 minutes away from Amsterdam. We suggest you take a half day tour from Amsterdam as we did with City-Discovery. The town is so small that you can go around on foot and admire the traditional architecture. What you get with this tour is a personal guide that will walk you through this historical place, taste the local cheese and visit a shoemaker`s shop. The small green houses are really unique and some of them are B&B and are protected as monuments.
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