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10 Of The Best Walking Cities In The World

Wanderlust October 18, 2018 By Hugo

We can spend hours of our holidays stuck in traffic. It’s a side of travelling the tourist leaflets won't tell you about when you decide to book that romantic weekend break in Rome. Sometimes, the whole holiday can be dictated by bus times, long-haul train delays and major traffic jams- but it doesn’t have to be. 

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Choose wisely and your next holiday destination could be explored almost entirely by foot! In Europe alone, there are a plethora of cities that can be seen and explored by merely putting one foot in front of the other. 

Here, we detail 10 of the world's most walkable cities. 

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1. Barcelona

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If you're ever contemplating a trip to one of Europe's premier cities, then your first port of call should be Barcelona. It has everything. Tawny-sanded beaches. Sprawling mountains. An easy-to-navigate city center. World-class culture. Mouth drawing tapas. A dry climate all-year-round. Best of all, not only is the main airport is little more than a 15-minute drive away, the majority of the city can be explored on foot!

If you find yourself in the popular Gotic quarter, everything from the Picasso museum and La Ramblas to the sprawling Barcelonetta Beach and the bustling city centre of Placa De Catalunya can be reached without setting foot on a metro. That said, for the popular tourist destinations, such as Park Guell and La Sagrada Familia, a short metro/bus journey is required should you be staying in the centre.

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2. Copenhagen 

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Aside from the Swedish capital Stockholm, the Danish capital Copenhagen is perhaps Scandinavia's most famous location- and for good reason. Along with modernist architecture, cosy restaurants, and well-dressed locals, the Danish capital is brimming with a whole host of breathtaking localities, all of which are within reasonable walking distance.

However, if you want to cheat, Copenhagen has a range of white, electro-powered bicycles that are easy to rent for the day. Riding one of them will allow you to pretty much take in the whole city within one afternoon, from the central bustle of Tivoli to the quaint Nyhavn harbour.

3. New York

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New York is a dream city for those who like to always have something to do, so it's little wonder it is nicknamed The City That Never Sleeps. There's the 24-hour subway, which unlike London's tube network runs every day of the week, while shopping stores, whether they be clothing stores, drug stores or grocery stores, are usually open at all times. Best of all, despite being a sprawling metropolis, much of the city can be seen on foot.

Thanks to its handy grid formation and numbered streets, getting lost in New York isn't likely to happen. From Manhattan, you can walk to the popular tourist spots of Soho, Little Italy and Central Park with little problem at all. Times Square, the city's most popular attraction, is also pedestrianised.

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4. Munich 

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Munich may be the third most populated city in Germany, but it is nowhere near the size of the German capital Berlin. Thus, tourists can visit this charming Bavarian city mostly on foot. From its pedestrianised streets to its historic public buildings, the walking-friendly landscape all-but guarantees visitors a memorable holiday. 

One of the best places to stroll through is the quaint and majestic English Garden, As one of Europe's largest parks. tourists can walk through an idyllic and bucolic utopia before rounding off the day at the lovely little Japanese teahouse.

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