One of the best parts about visiting Europe is how easy most cities are to explore on foot. Not only do you save some travel time by avoiding cabs or trains, but you’ll most likely find some hidden gems you would never have found had you been in the backseat of a car.
From Amsterdam to Salzburg, here’s your guide to our top ten most walkable cities in Europe.
1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is the quintessential European city to grab an americano and spend your day strolling through the city’s picturesque neighborhoods.
While the city is actually pretty big, many of the more “well-known” attractions are close to the city center. From magical hidden gardens to floating houses on the canal, we think you’ll have a pretty good time getting lost in the “Venice of the North”.
2. Florence, Italy
Florence is one of those cities that is, simply put, beloved by all. A much slower-paced version of Rome, but in our opinion, with just as much culture and things to see.
The best way to truly experience this colorful city is by foot. That way, as you stroll past the Duomo, head into the Accademia Gallery to get a glimpse of Michelangelo’s David or spend time gazing at the beauty that is the Ponte Vecchio, you can make as many stops for gelato or Florentine Panino’s as your hungry heart desires.
3. Porto, Portugal
With colorful buildings, narrow streets, and charming balconies at every corner, Porto is the perfect European city to wander around. Known for its scenic waterfront views and the amazing local Port wine, one of the best parts about visiting is that Porto’s city center is pretty small.
After you’ve prepared yourself for some of the hills that you’ll encounter (at some points, you might be looking at a 15-min walk uphill), you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that all of the city’s monuments are incredibly close to each other. So, grab a pastel de nata for the road and enjoy an afternoon strolling through one of Portugal’s most popular destinations.
4. Venice, Italy
Venice, oh beautiful Venice. What we love the most about you is that you can travel from one side of the city to the other in about an hour, making this Italian hotspot lovingly walkable.
Venice is a place you’ll feel free to get lost in as you wander through the canals and stumble across famous landmarks such as the Palazzo Ducale, Piazza San Marco, or the Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute. And of course, while this doesn’t require walking, we’d feel guilty not reminding you to take a boat ride on the Canal Grande. When in Rome, right? Or, in this case, Venice.
5. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Game of Thrones, anyone? We know you noticed this alluring walled city in the background of what some say was one of the best shows of all time… at least for the first few seasons. What you might not know, however, is how stunningly beautiful and completely walkable Dubrovnik is.
Why not spend an afternoon walking the walls of this historical city, swooning over the views of the Adriatic? Maybe you even stop by one of their cliffside restaurants for a glass of rose and some local oysters. We suggest checking out Buza Bar, one of the city’s most popular bars, where you can have a drink or enjoy some cliff diving into the sea below.
6. Munich, Germany
Oktoberfest, German sausages, and river surfing. Need we say more?
Even if you don’t visit this bier capital during the Fall months, you’ll be able to take in all the best parts of the city on foot. Hey, maybe you’ll even turn your trip into a walking food tour. Did we mention the pretzels?
You’ll definitely want to make time to see some of the stunning architecture that this historical metropolis has to offer. From the Wittelsbacher-Platz to the Marienplatz and the Historic centre, there are endless sights that you must see.
7. Paris, France
Some would say that traveling Paris by foot is the only way to truly be one with the Parisians. From the culture to the croissants, to walking along the Seine, and ending your day as the sun sets over the glittering Eiffel tower, we can guarantee that wandering through Paris is an experience you’ll not soon forget. Also, as a bonus, if you plan your time out well enough, you should be able to cross all the Paris “must-see’s” off your list in one day.
8. Bruges, Belgium
This small Belgium city is straight out of a postcard, and on the plus side, extremely walkable as well. A brief 30-minute walk from the train station will lead you straight into the town, where you’ll be quickly mesmerized by scenic cobblestone roads, dreamy cafes, and canal-lined streets.
The architecture alone is well worth making the trip to this fairytale Belgium town. After you’ve gotten in your steps for the day, we’d suggest resting your weary head at the Hotel Heritage – Relais & Chateaux.
9. Sevilla, Spain
Sevilla, Spain, in two short words? Vibrant and walkable. This Spanish city has no shortage of beautiful weather, mouth-watering tapas, and rich culture to make the most of during your time there.
Luckily, most of the cities main boulevards are geared toward pedestrians, which means you can spend as much time as you want walking around the city, taking in the architecture and Spanish views without any extra added stress.
10. Salzburg, Austria.
Visiting Salzburg in the summer months is a scene straight out of The Sound of Music. There is no better setting than this vibrant and romantic city to spend a day walking around with your special someone.
We’d suggest making time for the Mirabell Gardens, as well as grabbing lunch along the Salzach river as you watch the boats go by. You’ll quickly lose track of time wandering through the Old Town, although we’d recommend heading there earlier in the day as the crowds can get pretty heavy during the busy months.
So where to next?
We think you should grab your best pair of walking shoes and find the European path less traveled…or walked.