Meet the canals, one of the six Faces of Holland. From necessity in the 17th century to today's recreational playground, many Dutch cities are built around canals: http://www.holland.com/us/Tourism/Interests/faces-of-holland/canals.htm
Giethoorn, Netherlands. This idyllic village has no roads, and the only access is by water over the many beautiful canals or on foot over its wooden arch bridges. The locals use punters to get around and cars have to remain outside the village. Located in the province of Overijssel, there are 4 miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th century.