The best places to see water from around the world

Written by Staff Writer CNN Travel Writer (CNN) — Bloomsbury London may have little in common with northern Germany’s Coburg — except for one thing. Both are on the UNESCO world heritage list and…

The best places to see water from around the world

Written by Staff Writer

CNN Travel Writer

(CNN) — Bloomsbury London may have little in common with northern Germany’s Coburg — except for one thing.

Both are on the UNESCO world heritage list and both have long, flowing rivers.

Coburg’s Hohenzollern is a boat that runs on the lake, while Bloomsbury’s Little Venice is a water taxi — some four and a half miles of riverfront.

Just as Mozaic Italy and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona are the religious highlights of two of Europe’s most beautiful cities, so Schenkenhofen is the city’s most unique sight.

Now tourists come to the riverside town to watch lily ponds, gazebos and fairy gardens, while the Roemer is said to be the only dark Der Rathbrau lagoon in Europe.

Here are the most beautiful places in the world where you can find water, gardens and activities like kayaking and canoeing.

1. Roemer, Netherlands

Although no longer the only place where you can see a river across a house, this 2,000-year-old stone walkway is most famous for setting the tone for the Dutch town’s rich history.

It was there that two young lovers stumbled upon the Burg Stuyven god’s shrine in 1041 after being captured by pirates. You can see it as you walk the Goldricks Bridge.

Roemer is a water sports town with dozens of attractions to fit every budget and destination for people of all ages. The city’s cobblestone streets have an unmistakable history and you can see most of it preserved as you wend your way through the center.

Check out the Rijksmuseum , a modern museum housed in an impressive 17th-century building.

The Roemer Aquatic Park spans more than a mile of the Roemer River and is the tallest man-made waterfall on the planet.

2. Okhotsk Peninsula, Russia

With its ice, snow and snowcapped mountains, it’s no wonder the rugged Russian waters of the Arkhangelsk region is an instant photo-op.

At the top is the city of Aksu , with a traditional stone fortress built in 1651, then a cavalry school. Aksu also has countless images from WWII, which is why a statue of “Old Major” is on your way up.

Explore the Snow Bay and Sua Bay in Harbin, and don’t miss one of the world’s best statues — the 1916 Fountain of Youth

Take a boat trip on the River Ganges (sitting in India’s Himalayas), and swim in the body of water as you’re watching the film “Moulin Rouge”

3. Udaipur, India

Udaipur is one of India’s richest cities but most stunningly so, thanks to its Lake Pichola — a turquoise-and-red watery retreat accessible by water taxi.

The 70-mile-long lake starts in the foothills of the Himalayas near Udaipur and flows through the Pichola Valley.

Skiing, horse riding and mountain biking can all be found along the lake’s edges, and try to catch a sunset ride with a maharajah on his horse.

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