If you want to make your next vacation unforgettable, look no further: All of these cities either float on water (thanks, stilts!) or boast extensive canal systems so you can do all of your sightseeing by boat — no exhausting walking necessary.
If this little town with a population of 2,600 looks like it's straight out of a fairytale, that's because it essentially is. The picturesque destination is full of thatched roofs, wood bridges and charming bed and breakfasts.
This historic Chinese city in the Jiangsu province is covered in canals, ranging from large ones that serve as the main pathways for locals to narrow ones that lead to residential neighborhoods.
Many call this town the "Venice of the Alps," because of extensive waterways and mountain-side location. The canals were purposefully built around the former castle of Lord Annecy, which is why all the canals circle the tower.
Perhaps the most famous canal city of all, this popular Italian destination is built on more than 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea. Anyone who visits Venice should consider a gondola ride past the iconic Bridge of Sighs a must-do.
This west African city is a village of approximately 20,000 people that stands on stilts in the middle of Lake Nokoue. Missing land? It's several miles away from the nearest shoreline so boats are the definition of essential here.
A visit to this capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders isn't complete without a boat ride down its famous canals to take in the cobbled streets and medieval buildings.
This city is known as the "Venice of the East" thanks to the canals that feed off of the Chao Phraya River. The best way to take in the vibrant culture and history of this Thai town is by boat, of course.
The capital of Sweden is made up of more than 14 islands and 50 bridges. The busiest canal is the Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen, which is basically made for tourists since it'll take you all the way to the Vasa Museum.
You might be surprised to find out that this German city is known as the City of Bridges, because it has more than 2,500 — more than London, Amsterdam and Venice combined. Many tourists take to the water to float under these famous structures.
It only makes sense that this fishing village would be built on stilts directly above the water, right? The locals also stay afloat (we had to) financially by serving as a popular tourist lunch stop for people staying in nearby Phuket.
The Oudergracht is a curved canal (also known as the "old canal") that runs through the center of the town. While the water used to be lined by warehouses, they've since been for the most part converted into restaurants and cafes for visitors.
This city's extensive canal system was built during the Industrial Revolution, but today it's mostly used for tourist purposes. Either way, you've got to admire a water system that understands the power of a well-placed roundabout, like this one.
March to May is the best time of year weather-wise to visit this city, which is one of the six famous ancient water towns on the Yangtze River. Plus, during this time of year people say the mist and drizzle of the weather makes the town even more beautiful.
In deep, south India is this coastal city, which is known for its network of backwaters. It includes five large lakes that are connected by canals and is a popular waterway for tourists to take river cruises down and even stay on in houseboats.
This city is located on the south bank of the Hau River, which is where you'll find the famous floating markets. Locals sell and buy food here all from the comfort of a floating boat.