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Beyond Venice: 8 must-see canal cities

Oct. 4, 2013, 2:36 p.m.
Bruges canal boat

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Travel by water

There's something magical about urban waterways, especially when they are an integral part of everyday life. Venice is the best example of a canal destination. Whether visitors opt for a touristy gondola ride or a cruise on a more modern water taxi, traveling on water through this Italian city's historic landscapes is an experience not to forget. 

And while high prices and tourist hordes may detract from the magic of Venice, there are other canal cities with a similar allure. Here are some lesser-known canal cities to consider for your next trip. (Text: Josh Lew)