September 29, 2023


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Favourite Walkable Cities in Europe

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Yesterday I left Malta and in the present day I’m in Istanbul for a couple of days earlier than flying house. What a stunning a part of the world! Malta is small and straightforward to see in 4 days, I’ll share particulars quickly.

I’ve been lucky to go to many nations in Europe over the previous 20 years and there are cities that stand out as favorites due to their walkability. My favourite factor to do after I journey is to discover on foot so if I can see many of the highlights of a metropolis in two or three days, that’s a win for me.

Beneath are ten cities I’ve visited the place you possibly can stroll for hours and see many of the metropolis. These will not be the biggies like Paris, Rome, and London. These are the smaller cities that each one have a novel appeal which incorporates meandering streets good for pedestrian strolls, cafes for individuals watching, beautiful structure, and an previous a part of town with plenty of historical past. What’s fascinating is all of them sit on rivers or have canals, so waterways are a giant a part of the attraction.

In case you keep in a trip rental or resort in any of those cities you’ll be capable of stroll round and see all of the highlights in two days in case you’re fast, three days in case you prefer to take your time and chill out. I’ve received plenty of different cities and cities on my record to see, however up to now these are ten that I can advocate in case you like to stroll round like I do.


1. Salzburg, Austria

I’ll begin with my favourite walkable metropolis. I’ve visited Salzburg twice, as soon as I lived there for month throughout a summer time examine overseas program, and I returned in 2016. It was simply as charming as after I lived there again within the Nineteen Nineties.

Highlights of this most scenic metropolis embrace Mirabell Gardens which you may acknowledge them from the movie The Sound of Music. Mozart’s Residence is within the coronary heart of the previous city, near the Salzburg Cathedral. Take a hike uphill to the medieval Hohensalzburg Fortress. A few of my favourite beer gardens together with Stern Beirgarten within the coronary heart of the previous city and the favored Augusteiner Bräu the place you possibly can sit for hours below chestnut timber.

Salzburg is a musical metropolis due to its well-known resident so in case you journey there within the hotter months you’ll discover plenty of festivals happening, lots of them open air. The stroll alongside the Salzach River on a heat night can’t be beat.

2. Munich, Germany

Solely a 90 minute practice journey from Salzburg is Munich within the coronary heart of Bavaria. You would go to each in a single journey, which I did after I visited this area. I really like the stroll via the previous city previous the well-known Marianplatz and watch the well-known Glockenspiel in motion.

I like to recommend a motorcycle tour via the previous city and Englischer Gardens, don’t miss the Eisbach Wave the place surfers journey waves on a river! It’s fascinating to observe. The Bavarian delicacies is the easiest from the smaller pubs to the well-known Hofbrauhaus the place an oompa band in lederhosen prompts many a crowd to sing alongside. Augustiner Keller is the native beer that goes down very easy on a summer time’s eve! I really like strolling across the market stalls at Viktualienmarkt the place you discover the best and freshest German bites to take pleasure in within the open air.


3. Porto, Portugal

My second favourite metropolis in all of Europe that I’ve visited up to now is Porto. Nestled within the northern a part of the nation the place the Duoro River meets the Atlantic Ocean is image good Porto the place you’re feeling such as you’re strolling via a portray.


The historic middle is dreamy to stroll round, there are such a lot of alleyways to duck down, however you’ll hit some hills when you do. Relaxation down by the river on the finish of the day the place dwell music performs and there are infinite cafes to select from to observe the boats go by. There are oh so many wine and port tastings and excursions you are able to do on this area. Stroll the well-known Luís I Bridge that spans the river or take a practice journey to the coast for contemporary fish!


4. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is a dream to stroll round, there’s no scarcity of appeal right here with its canals and chocolate and structure, it’s a dream vacation spot in Belgium. We spent solely in the future right here however you possibly can see all of it in case you begin early and take the final practice house (to Brussels the place we had been staying).

The Market Sq. historic middle is the place you’ll find yourself when you get off the practice and take a stroll via the city. It’s an amazing place to take a seat in a restaurant and folks watch, top-of-the-line components of touring to Europe. In case you’re formidable you possibly can climb the Belfry, however we spent our time tasting chocolate and beer as we meandered from avenue to avenue.


5. Bordeaux, France

I used to be stunned how a lot I beloved this metropolis after I visited a couple of years in the past. It’s skilled a resurgence which makes it an enthralling place to land for a couple of days and discover.

In case you’re a wine lover, you possibly can discover the number of wine estates in St. Emilion and the Medoc wine area. Bordeaux was as soon as a walled metropolis and has a wealthy historical past that dates again to the 1500s, so in case you go to positively take a guided strolling or bike tour! There are squares with fountains and the left financial institution alongside the river is a stunning waterfront stroll and there’s additionally a cool purchasing district. The previous belfry La Grosse Cloche is one among a number of monuments within the coronary heart of city that make Bordeaux really feel a bit like Paris.


6. Prague, Czech

Prague feels loads smaller comparatively to different nations’ capital cities. There may be a lot to see and do from strolling across the previous city to tasting the native delicacies and beer. Prague is the place I first seen overtourism creeping into the continent however I nonetheless beloved the whole lot about this metropolis, particularly strolling round within the evenings. Town has a magical high quality and the very best bar I’ve ever been too, extra on that journey on this submit.


7. Seville, Spain

My third favourite metropolis in Europe and such a delight to discover! Sunny Seville is an excellent place to expertise the very best of Spain, from flamenco to sangria. The previous city has wonderful cafes and retailers, the river stroll is divine, and the Plaza de Espana will seize your coronary heart with its architectural magnificence.

8. Venice, Italy

I nonetheless have but to share footage of my journey to Venice in 2021 but it surely was actually enchanting. I went with associates and hit it simply on the proper time when it wasn’t crowded and the climate was good.

I had been to Venice earlier than in August when mosquitos are actually unhealthy and didn’t prefer it in any respect, however there was one thing about returning in October when there have been no crowds that made the expertise loads higher. Venice is so distinctive, the floating metropolis that’s simple to get misplaced in however a delight to discover. There’s nothing fairly like being sung to in Italian by a gondolier at sundown. I additionally beloved my ferry rides and day journeys to Murano and Burano which I extremely advocate.


9. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen was my first cease on a whirlwind journey to Scandinavia and such a delight I’d positively return. I used to be stunned how many individuals get round on bikes on this city so you possibly can stroll or bike, both manner it’s a stunning place to go to with beautiful water views, loads of historical past, and nice meals and beer. Each Tivoli Gardens and Nyhavn are to not miss.


10. Amsterdam, Netherlands

What a picturesque metropolis to stroll and bike. Amsterdam is loveliness round each nook. I haven’t returned since I used to be in my twenties however all I want is an inexpensive flight and I’ll go once more.

The Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank Home are great and don’t miss the world well-known Rijksmuseum stuffed with work by Dutch masters. Canal cruises are a soothing approach to see the sights. As a lot as I’m an advocate for strolling, having a motorcycle is very nice in Amsterdam, it’s an effective way to get round just like the locals do. Vondelpark is an English model backyard that’s beautiful on a sunny day. And naturally there’s the well-known Crimson Gentle District if that’s your factor.


I’ve simply left Valletta in Malta, I’ll share all the small print about my expertise in that nation quickly. Different honorable mentions for walkable cities in Europe embrace: Good, France; Verona, Italy; the island of Ibiza; the island of Mallorca; Brussels, Belgium; and each Florence and Siena, Italy.


Chime in associates, have you ever been to those cities? Did you discover them to be walker pleasant? Any highlights you skilled whereas in these cities? Any others you’d advocate for avid walkers?

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