When we talk about cities surrounded by water, the first thing that comes to our mind is the exquisite and romantic Italian city of Venice. In Venice, the Canals are part of the city and are the backbone of all of it.
Still, it is not the only city in the world that is characterized by being surrounded by water, from Russia to France; we can find many examples where water dominates the cities. That’s why we bring you a series of recommendations and you take a look to your favorite hotel search engine and book your stay.
1. Bangkok, Thailand
The Canals are always a way for communication, but in the Thai capital, Canals also become a way to escape. When you feel confused by the bustle and hustle, the urban development and all the smells of the market, you can take a boat trip to Wat Arun, the Temple of the wonderful sunrise, overlooking the river of Chao Praya. Suddenly you will find yourself immersed in a completely different city, with its old wooden houses that seem suspended in time.
2. St. Petersburg, Russia
The elegant buildings of Peter the Great have something ethereal and intangible asset if they are seen from the water, floating like ships in the northern sky, offering stunning views. The experience you should not miss in St. Petersburg is to participate in one of the boat tours of the Gulf of Finland and Neva branch in the heart of the city. The tour with classic touch will take you to, almost, all points of interest such as the Sheremetyev Palace, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Mariinsky Theater and the Winter Palace. If you want a more romantic or intimate tour, however, the advice is to choose one of the tours that go to the delta of the Neva: idyll islands, such as the Kirov.
Sant Petesburg Canal
3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
In 2010, Amsterdam and its canals were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every waterway in Amsterdam has its peculiarity and lets you enjoy the city from different points of view. The Herengracht is the most elegant and at the time of The Duch East India Company was the perfect place for rich people in other hand we have the Prinsengracht which is the reference for cafes, shops and houseboats moored along the docks.
4. Hamburg, Germany
Considered one of the “most commercial cities of the world”, thanks to its port, the busiest in Germany, the link with the water does not end here. All Hamburg is crossed by a network of canals, fed by three major rivers (the Elbe, the Alster and Bille) found in this city. The most picturesque bridges of Hamburg are without any doubt the Ellerntorsbrücke, a fantastic bridge that crosses the Lord Grave Fleet, built in 1668 is one of the oldest stone bridges in this city; the other one is Lonbardsbruecke, which is a magnificent piece of art!
5. Shanghai, China
About 90 km from Shanghai, you will find the floating city founded about 900 years ago. Its reputation as the “Venice of the East” has made it one of the top attractions for tourists, but it is still possible to capture its true soul with a ride in the early morning or evening.
6. Annecy, France
Annecy is surrounded by high mountains and forests plagued by snow-capped mountains, overlooking a lake that bears his name and has an old town formed by a group of houses painted in pastel colors.
7. Bruges, Belgium
Bruges still has a Middle Age atmosphere, where you will see: cobblestone streets, stunning canals, picturesque places, tall towers and ancient churches. One of our favorite places, to escape from the summer crowds, is the neighborhood of Sint-Anna, with its windmills and its original crafts. What did you think of this selection of cities on water? Would you add another one? Leave a comment!