Because of the potential for commerce, many inland cities were established and thrived along major navigable rivers. Many of these cities became important centers for trade and crossroads for the movement of goods and people. This installment of cities on rivers concentrates on Western Europe, including the countries of France and the Benelux.
Paris, France — The City of Light is bisected by the Seine River, creating the Left Bank which features the Sorbonne, the Eiffel Tower and a number of other significant attractions, and the Right Bank which houses the Louvre, the Champs Elysses and many of Paris’ other exceptional tourist sights. One of the most popular tourist experiences in Paris is a Bateau Mouche cruise on the Seine.
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg — Luxembourg is one of Europe’s small countries, sandwiched between France, Belgium, and Germany. As such, it has been overrun many times during major European conflicts. Located on the Petrusse River, Luxembourg City has preserved the fortifications which line the river within the city limits.
Amsterdam, Netherlands — The largest city in Holland is located on the Amstel River. The canals which populate the city are derived from the river and give the city a decided Venetian flair.