Favourite Walkable Cities in Europe

Yesterday I left Malta and at present I’m in Istanbul for just a few days earlier than flying residence. What a beautiful 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 international locations in Europe over the previous twenty years and there are cities that stand out as favorites due to their walkability. My favourite factor to do once 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 are usually not the biggies like Paris, Rome, and London. These are the smaller cities that each one have a singular allure which incorporates meandering streets good for pedestrian strolls, cafes for folks watching, gorgeous structure, and an previous a part of the town with plenty of historical past. What’s attention-grabbing is all of them sit on rivers or have canals, so waterways are a giant a part of the attraction.

When 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 the event you’re fast, three days in the event you prefer to take your time and calm down. I’ve received lots of different cities and cities on my checklist to see, however to this point these are ten that I can suggest in the event 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 research overseas program, and I returned in 2016. It was simply as charming as once 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 underneath chestnut timber.

Salzburg is a musical metropolis due to its well-known resident so in the event you journey there within the hotter months you’ll discover lots of festivals occurring, 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 may go to each in a single journey, which I did once I visited this area. I like the stroll by the previous city previous the well-known Marianplatz and watch the well-known Glockenspiel in motion.

I like to recommend a motorbike tour by the previous city and Englischer Gardens, don’t miss the Eisbach Wave the place surfers journey waves on a river! It’s fascinating to look at. 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 like strolling across the market stalls at Viktualienmarkt the place you discover the best and freshest German bites to get pleasure from within the open air.


3. Porto, Portugal

My second favourite metropolis in all of Europe that I’ve visited to this point 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 are feeling such as you’re strolling by a portray.


The historic heart is dreamy to stroll round, there are such a lot of alleyways to duck down, however you’ll hit some hills whilst you do. Relaxation down by the river on the finish of the day the place stay music performs and there are infinite cafes to select from to look at 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 recent fish!


4. Bruges, Belgium

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

The Market Sq. historic heart is the place you’ll find yourself when you get off the practice and take a stroll by the city. It’s a fantastic place to take a seat in a restaurant and other people watch, top-of-the-line components of touring to Europe. When you’re bold you possibly can climb the Belfry, however we spent our time tasting chocolate and beer as we meandered from road to road.


5. Bordeaux, France

I used to be stunned how a lot I cherished this metropolis once I visited just a few years in the past. It’s skilled a resurgence which makes it a captivating place to land for just a few days and discover.

When 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 the event 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 beautiful waterfront stroll and there may be additionally a cool procuring district. The previous belfry La Grosse Cloche is considered one of a number of monuments within the coronary heart of city that make Bordeaux really feel slightly like Paris.


6. Prague, Czech

Prague feels so much smaller comparatively to different international locations’ capital cities. There’s 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 observed overtourism creeping into the continent however I nonetheless cherished all the things about this metropolis, particularly strolling round within the evenings. Town has a magical high quality and the perfect bar I’ve ever been too, extra on that journey on this publish.


7. Seville, Spain

My third favourite metropolis in Europe and such a delight to discover! Sunny Seville is a superb place to expertise the perfect 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 photos of my journey to Venice in 2021 however it was actually enchanting. I went with mates 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 dangerous 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 so much 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 cherished my ferry rides and day journeys to Murano and Burano which I extremely suggest.


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 approach it’s a beautiful 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 affordable 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 option to see the websites. As a lot as I’m an advocate for strolling, having a motorbike is very nice in Amsterdam, it’s an effective way to get round just like the locals do. Vondelpark is an English fashion backyard that’s beautiful on a sunny day. And naturally there’s the well-known Purple 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 mates, 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 suggest for avid walkers?