27 Dec A guide to Europe on foot, from Berlin to Krakow
Bus tours can be a great way to see everything that a city has to offer. But nothing beats walking the streets of a foreign country, fully taking in everything around you. Whether it is a guided sightseeing tour or just yourself free roaming around the city, the best way to see Europe is on foot.
When in Berlin ensure that you discover the wealth of cultural and historical opportunities that the city holds. Begin at the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate, two of the city’s most iconic sights. Located in the very heart of Berlin and less than ten minutes away from each other, it will ease you into to your on-foot exploring.
Next, why not head to the modern district of Berlin and stroll along Unter den Linden, Alexanderplatz and Ku’Damm. When in Alexanderplatz make sure that you take a trip to the top of the Berlin TV tower to get a birds-eye-view of the city below. You could even map out your next walking route whilst you’re up there.
Time for more history, and next up is a visit to Checkpoint Charlie on the south-side of the city, followed by the Berlin Wall Memorial located towards the north of the city centre.
Explore the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, otherwise known as Dubrovnik, now a must-see destination thanks to Game of Thrones. A guided break to this stunning city is the ideal way to explore the Pearl of the Adriatic. Visit the Old Town and walk the 16th Century city walls or visit some traditional shops and restaurants in the pedestrianised Stradun.
There are so many walks you can do in Dubrovnik, from a walk of the city’s castle grounds to the cliff side walk of its coastline.
You may think of travelling by gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice as the best way to see the city, but there are so many more opportunities by foot. Simply walk the streets of the Italian city and take in the awe-inspiring architecture and medieval vibes. Visit St Mark’s Square with its Basilica and Doge’s Palace, and of course take a walk across the stunning Rialto Bridge – the oldest bridge across the Grand Canal. And when all the walking tires you out the head to a traditional Italian restaurant for some mouthwatering food and drinks.
Embrace Catalan culture in the vibrant city of Barcelona and explore everything this coastal city has to offer, from its love of art to its beautiful architecture. Discover all things Gaudí, from the towering Sagrada Famílía to the colourful Parc Güell and the famous Casa Milà, or head down the boulevards and experience Barcelona’s modern side. The harbor offers another amazing location for a city walk.
Considered as one of Europe’s hidden gems, Krakow offers a great historical getaway, perfect for you to experience on foot. Wander through medieval town squares visiting Wawel Hill, the Royal Castle and the Cloth Hall in the Old Town. The old Jewish quarter is another great place to visit on foot. Explore the area and learn about the city’s history and the lives of people who used to live there and those who live there now. One of the best walks to do whilst in Krakow is definitely through Planty Park, which is a natural wonderland.
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