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The most beautiful cities on canals from Europe

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Bruges, Belgium

European cities have a charm and… something specific. Some are on large lakes, some are in the foothills, some cities are really medieval or on specific niches. Here, further, some of the most beautiful European cities which happens to be crossed by a multitude of lakes, which give a special charm of such a destination.

Giethoorn, Netherlands

Giethoorn, Netherlands

When it comes to cities built along the canals, picturesque town in the Netherlands, Giethoorn surpasses them all. The old city center has almost no roads and transportation is through water. The city is crossed by over 180 bridges. The system is very well controlled and the means of transportation lead tourists to the most beautiful corners of the city. Almost every home has access to a bridge or a boat. How would you feel taking the boat each morning to go to work?

Annecy, France

Annecy, France

Annecy is one of the most beautiful cities in France and its canals have much to do with this title. The city, nicknamed the Venice of the Alps, was originally built around the castle of Lord Annecy, from which Thiou canal is flowing. Throughout canals we find many medieval buildings, picturesque cafes and romantic places where you can spend your time and where you can admire the colorful houses reflection in water.

Bruges, Belgium


Bruges is an exceptional destination, a journey in Belgium, and many tourists come here to admire its beauty. Bruges is a very old city, and most bridges feel powerful over time. Fortunately, this just makes it look more authentic and most charming. Complex canals here are called Reien and encircles the old city, forming what locals call Bruges egg.

Hamburg, Germany

Did you know that Hamburg has more bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined? This city is the largest port in Germany and its canals gives plenty of romance to this modernist city. Bridges are built in a combination of old and new styles, and with its roads, make the town look of perfect symmetry. There are three rivers that cross the Hamburg site, namely the Alster, Bille and Elbe, plus plenty of other water bodies, over which were built more than 2,496 bridges.

Stockholm, Sweden


Water occupies about a third of the capital of Sweden (second-third is occupied by green spaces) and divided into 14 islands, which are connected by 57 bridges. The town lies at the mouth of Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea and is the city with the largest population of the Nordic countries. A great time of the year, canals freezes on different portions, and locals and tourists turn these spaces into ice rinks.

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg

As the sun rises, the city of St. Petersburg takes off its boats on its canals, water rides offering residents an incredible perspective on the city. In a promenade on St. Petersburg’s canals, you have the opportunity to admire the architectural masterpieces of 18th and 19th century. City town lies at the meeting point of the River Neva and the Baltic Sea, which is why, in the past, it was necessary to dig more canals on a marshy territory.

What is your favorite city crossed by many canals?

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