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 simple to see in 4 days, I’ll share particulars quickly.

I’ve been lucky to go to many nations 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 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’ll be able to 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 every one have a singular appeal which incorporates meandering streets good for pedestrian strolls, cafes for folks watching, beautiful structure, and an previous a part of town with a lot of historical past. What’s attention-grabbing is all of them sit on rivers or have canals, so waterways are an enormous a part of the attraction.

In the event you keep in a trip rental or lodge in any of those cities you’ll have the ability to stroll round and see all of the highlights in two days if you happen to’re fast, three days if you happen to prefer to take your time and loosen up. I’ve bought a number of different cities and cities on my listing to see, however thus far these are ten that I can advocate if you happen to 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 embody Mirabell Gardens which you would possibly 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’ll be able to sit for hours beneath chestnut timber.

Salzburg is a musical metropolis due to its well-known resident so if you happen to journey there within the hotter months you’ll discover a number of festivals occurring, lots of them outdoor. The stroll alongside the Salzach River on a heat night can’t be beat.

2. Munich, Germany

Solely a 90 minute prepare experience from Salzburg is Munich within the coronary heart of Bavaria. You possibly can go to each in a single journey, which I did after I visited this area. I 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 motorbike tour via the previous city and Englischer Gardens, don’t miss the Eisbach Wave the place surfers experience 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 take pleasure in within the open air.


3. Porto, Portugal

My second favourite metropolis in all of Europe that I’ve visited thus far 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 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 whilst you do. Relaxation down by the river on the finish of the day the place stay music performs and there are countless 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 prepare experience to the coast for recent 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’ll be able to see all of it if you happen to begin early and take the final prepare residence (to Brussels the place we have been staying).

The Market Sq. historic middle is the place you’ll find yourself when you get off the prepare and take a stroll via the city. It’s an ideal place to sit down in a restaurant and other people watch, top-of-the-line components of touring to Europe. In the event you’re bold you’ll be able to 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 after I visited just a few years in the past. It’s skilled a resurgence which makes it an enthralling place to land for just a few days and discover.

In the event you’re a wine lover, you’ll be able to 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 if you happen to go to undoubtedly 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 buying district. The previous belfry La Grosse Cloche is one in all a number of monuments within the coronary heart of city that make Bordeaux really feel just a little like Paris.


6. Prague, Czech

Prague feels lots smaller comparatively to different nations’ 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 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 a superb place to expertise the very best of Spain, from flamenco to sangria. The previous city has superb cafes and outlets, 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 however it was actually enchanting. I went with buddies 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 lots higher. Venice is so distinctive, the floating metropolis that’s straightforward 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 advocate.


9. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen was my first cease on a whirlwind journey to Scandinavia and such a delight I’d undoubtedly return. I used to be stunned how many individuals get round on bikes on this city so you’ll be able to stroll or bike, both means 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 fantastic and don’t miss the world well-known Rijksmuseum full of work by Dutch masters. Canal cruises are a calming strategy to see the sights. 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 type backyard that’s beautiful on a sunny day. And naturally there’s the well-known Pink Mild District if that’s your factor.


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


Chime in buddies, 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?