navigable body of water, including but not limited to rivers, lakes, seas, oceans, and canals

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 cities on the Danube or boating along the Erie Canal. They also define routes for popular hiking and cycling trails.

Lakes, as well as often offering beautiful scenery, provide opportunities for sailing and other water sports.

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 EuropeEdit

View of the Loire River from the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of Contemporary Art

Göta kanalEdit

Göta kanal in Sweden used to be the country's most important transportation route. It is still popular with leisure boats.

Kiel canalEdit

The Kiel canal in northern Germany is one of the world's busiest waterways.

Loire ValleyEdit

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

UK CanalsEdit

Llangollen Canal
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 AmericaEdit

The New York State Canal SystemEdit

Over 500 miles of waterways, the Hudson river and the Erie Canal allowing you to travel from New York City to the Great Lakes .

Mississippi RiverEdit

North South connection with canals connecting the Mississippi River with the Great Lakes as well as the Missouri and Ohio Rivers.


Rivers and Canals of South AmericaEdit

Rivers and Canals of AfricaEdit

Rivers and Canals of AsiaEdit

Lakes of EuropeEdit

Lakes of North AmericaEdit

The open seas and coastlinesEdit

See alsoEdit

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