When pronouncing the phrase “city on the water” comes to mind Venice. Architecture, rich history and romance of the place turned this water attraction in Italy, a real treasure for tourists. However, in the world there are many cities, standing on the water. In this issue we will talk about the ten most popular ones.
Amsterdam – cosmopolitan, vibrant and very civilized city. If you spend a weekend or a holiday here, you will get all the services you need: boating through multiple channels, private parties on yachts, visiting museums with unique artwork and vibrant nightlife, friendly people, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes.
2. Hamburg, Germany
The second largest city in Germany and the seventh – in the European Union. There are more than 2 million people, and the port of Hamburg – the 20th largest in the world. It is also called the city of bridges. It’s a great place for a holiday where you can enjoy the elegant German architecture. In addition, it is one of the cities with the highest standard of living in Europe.
3. Suzhou, China
Suzhou is called the Venice of China. This ancient city is located in Jiangsu Province, near Shanghai. Old districts crossed by different channels and buildings, though everything here is quite different, both in Venice. However, local channels and architecture are as old and beautiful. Suzhou Grand Canal – the widest “street” that crosses the most important sights of the city.
4. Udaipur, India
Most of the newlyweds in India go on a romantic trip to Udaipur. This amazingly beautiful city is located between the four lakes and rich in ancient temples and sites associated with the Eastern myths. The locals call the city Venice of the East, and the most popular among tourists terrain – the Palace on the lake.
5. Giethoorn, The Netherlands
Netherlands crosses the waterway network, but some of the most beautiful are in the east of the country, in Giethoorn. Here, tourists can stroll through the fabulous places with wooden bridges and houses in a traditional style. But best of all – in absolutely no cars, people here just go cycling or boating.
6. Alleppey, India
Alleppey – the famous Indian city with canals in the southern state of Kerala. Tourists here can rent wooden ships transformed into houses, and discover the beauty of this amazing place. The length of all the channels of Kerala in the south-western part of India is more than 1,400 km.
7. Bangkok, Thailand
In the capital of Thailand water channels called klonguri and every day use instead of roads. At these “floating taxi” you can drive almost anywhere in the city, enjoying the sights along the way and at the same time avoiding traffic jams.
8. St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg “spread its wings” on the river Neva at the confluence with the Gulf of Finland of the Baltic Sea. This huge city, with a population of over 5 million inhabitants, is listed as a World Heritage Site. The city was built at the cost of lives of tens of thousands of Russian peasants. Winters are cold and dank, but it is especially beautiful in winter city. Hermitage, parks, boats on the Neva, Curiosities, concert halls, streets, Dostoyevsky described in the books, the unique underground and many other attractions await you in this incredibly beautiful and diverse city.
9. Bruges, Belgium
Bruges – one of the most popular tourist cities in Belgium. This small town is competing with Venice in terms of preservation of historic structures, and clean waterways intersect against the backdrop of medieval buildings, creating the impression that you’re back a few centuries ago.
10. Stockholm, Sweden
In the Swedish capital, home to more than a million people. It is located on 14 islands and is the 10th most visited city in Europe. Stockholm is known for its scenic beauty, rich architecture, clear waters that give the city of colors, and beautiful parks. In December and January the temperature drops to -5 and 0, but the beauty and grandeur of this city will make you forget about the cold.