Waterways are a key focal point for travelers, whether it is just a way to get from A to B or to take in the scenery along a river or around a lake or to enjoy activities such as boating and sailing.
Inland waterways can be a good theme to base a holiday around. For example visiting castles in the Loire Valley, the Rhine valley or taking a cruise to interesting cites on the Danube or boating along the Erie Canal. They also define routes for popular hiking and cycling trails.
The seas offer possibilities for the more adventurous sailors and for diving and surfing or to relax on a cruise ship. While the coastline can be the focal point for coastal hiking trails or other beach activities.
Rivers and Canals of Europe
Göta kanal in Sweden used to be the country's most important transportation route. It is still popular with leisure boats.
The Kiel canal in northern Germany is one of the world's busiest waterways.
The Loire Valley, between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes, is listed World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The Loire, the longest and the last wild river in France, goes through 2 French regions and is one of the main tourist destinations in France. Three villages are listed as "most beautiful villages of France".
The two great rivers of the Rhine and Danube, which have influenced many events throughout history and the development of many cities, are connected via a canal between the Daube and the Main River, a major tributary of the Rhine. This makes it possible to travel by boat or cruise ship between the North Sea and the Black Sea. The route also provides an ideal landscape for hiking and cycling trails.
- Hiking trails : Rheinsteig, Rheinburgenweg, Rheinhöhenweg, Rheintaler Höhenweg, Donausteig, Sultans Trail.
- Cycling trails: EV15 The Rhine Cycle Route, The Danube Cycleway
- See also: Inland waterways in the United Kingdom
Hiring a narrow boat and travelling part of the extensive canals of England, Scotland and Wales is a great way to see the British country side and discover hidden gems in the towns and cities.
Rivers and Canals of North America
The New York State Canal System
Rivers and Canals of South America
Rivers and Canals of Africa
Rivers and Canals of Asia
Lakes of Europe
Lakes of North America
The open seas and coastlines
- Atlantic Ocean
- Baltic Sea
- Indian Ocean
- Mediterranean Sea
- Pacific Ocean