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Best cities to explore on foot

09 June 2017

There is truly no better way to absorb the atmosphere of a city than by doing so on foot. It enables you to connect with the history and charm of a destination on another level than if you had hopped on the nearest available transport link.

Exploring a city of foot

As an added bonus, walking allows you to reap the health benefits whilst saving your pennies for when you discover that divine little eatery off the beaten track that no other tourist knows about. Here are our top cities to discover on foot...


Often acclaimed as the most beautiful city in Europe, who wouldn't want to soak up every inch of the allure and enchantment of Budapest? Take a stroll along the Danube River, gaze upon the striking architecture and discover new tastes in the local markets. What's more, the smooth roads and city squares make for an effortless jaunt around the capital of Hungary.


Plentiful in iconic landmarks as well as hidden treasures, Paris's patchwork of neighborhoods are safe and in close proximity to one another, making an amble around the world's most romantic city a must. The multiple side streets housing chic boutiques and mouth-watering patisseries will make you feel like one of the locals, and a pit-stop in one of the abundant traditional French cafes will enable you to devour the ambience to your heart's content.

Four things to do in Paris


When you first think of ways to get around Amsterdam, it is likely that a bicycle, tram or even canal boat may spring to mind... and while these may be convenient ways of seeing the Dutch city, travelling by foot will ensure a true reflection of this multi-faceted location. Apart from the many beautiful, picturesque bridges, Amsterdam is largely flat, allowing for an easier recreation. Just be sure to stick to the footpaths and avoid the cycle lanes!

Things to do in Amsterdam


Once you arrive in the medieval city of Bruges, everything is accessible within walking distance, making it a pedestrian's paradise. Its magical, fairytale-like splendour will no doubt fill you with awe as you step back in time. In fact, the whole city centre has been declared by UNESCO as a historical World Heritage Site. You won't want to miss one square-metre of this breath-taking place.

Discover the Northern European Coastal Cruise


The absence of vehicles within this city, thanks to the network of intertwining canals, makes travelling around by foot an indisputable pleasure, as well as a necessity! Venice hosts a plethora of secret passageways to discover and winding streets to explore. Fall in love with the unique homes, wander across the quaint footbridges and observe the Floating City in all its glory.


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