November 25, 2017

5 Cities To Take a Walk In

While I am in Europe I am hoping to take a few new walking tours and will share them with you when I get back.  For now, lets dig a little deeper into the archives and discover walking tours in 5 European cities!

A fairly recent new love of mine is walking tours. My love for walking tours began when my daughter went off to college and I needed to get out of my empty nest! Since I live in the San Francisco bay area, my husband and I headed off and enjoyed a fantastic walking tour of Nob Hill. Since then I have enjoyed many walking tours and look forward to new walking adventures in any city I visit.

To me, a walking tour allows you to really get to know a neighborhood at a much slower pace. I feel the amount of area covered is more limited allowing for a more in depth look into the subject of the walk. I have found the guides to be very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject. You can find walking tours in larger cities covering a vast range of topics – some are even free!

So to inspire you to walk a bit, I picked 5 European cities to begin a list of walking tour companies. Guides from all companies listed are from all walks of life (no pun intended) including historians, literary experts, art historians, performers and authors. Most of the tours listed do not require reservations, however, some do have minimums so look for this when deciding on the tour you will enjoy.

House of Parliament London

House of Parliament London by cookipediachef, on Flickr

London:

London Walks is a company offering many walking tours covering the neighborhoods of London. Their tours include: The Secrets of Westminster Abbey (From Opus Dei & Death’s Palace to The Da Vinci Code), The Beatles ‘In My Life’ Walk, The Hidden Pubs of Old London Town, Ghosts Gaslight & Guinness, and The Blitz – London at War. There is no need to book ahead and most walking tours are priced at 8£ (about $15). The biggest problem with this company is which tour to choose??

Eiffel Tower Paris France

Eiffel Tower

Paris :

Paris Walks offers many walking tours covering many of the wonderful neighborhoods Paris is so famous for. You could enjoy The Medieval Latin Quarter, The French Revolution, a Fashion Walk, the Village of Montmartre, Hemingway’s Paris or even a Chocolate walking tour! Again, the cost for these walking tours is quite reasonable at 12 € (about $16). Sign me up for the Chocolate tour! Is there a better way to enjoy chocolate and work off the calories at the same time?

Prague Czech Republic

Prague by photojenni, on Flickr

Prague:

Learn about all that makes Prague famous by taking one of these walking tours from Prague Walks: Prague Castle Walk, Jewish Prague, Ghost Walk, Pubs of the Old Town and the Best of Prague, which also includes lunch and a river cruise. Prices range from 300 czk to 890 czk (from $17 to $50 for the Best of Prague). A few of these tours have minimums so be sure to check their website for more details. For you early risers, they offer a Good Morning Walk where you will be able to enjoy Prague before the crowds are even up!

 

Brandenburg Gate Berlin Germany

Brandenburg Gate Berlin by Bernt Rostad, on Flickr

Berlin:

Original Berlin Walks offers tours that help you discover Berlin and its storied history. You may decide to choose one of these tours: Discover Berlin Tour, Infamous Third Reich Sites, Jewish Life in Berlin and Nest of Spies Tours. These tours are 12 € ($16). While looking at their website, I noticed their guides list their favorite restaurants which I think is a real bonus. . . local recommendations can’t be beat!

Marienplatz Munich Germany

Marienplatz Munich by JoeDuck, on Flickr

Munich:

Munich Walk Tours offers a unique way to learn about Munich and its history and culture. Walking tours include: Bavarian Food Tasting & Viktualienmarkt, Haunted Munich Ghost Tour, Beer and Brewery Tour (you are in Munich!), Hitler’s Munich (aka Third Reich Tour) and The City Walk & English Garden tour. These tours range in price from 12 €22 € ($16-$30). Munich Walk Tours also offer a couple bike riding tours, which is my next “adventure” to tackle.

There you have it, 5 cities 5 different walking tour companies. Try one, you won’t be disappointed. This list is not complete and inclusion here does not mean an endorsement is being made.

I do, however, suggest you venture out and walk a bit. . .


Have you taken a walking tour?

Which walking tour would you most like to enjoy??

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Comments

  1. Salzburg, Vienna, and Hallstadt, all wonderful places to discover on foot in Austria! These are great suggestions in your article too!

  2. 25BAR says:

    I love Prague! It’s one of my favorite destinations.
    I love all of Europe. There’s so much of history and culture.
    25BAR recently posted..Portrait de famille – Adriaen van OSTADE (Haarlem, 1610 – 1685)

  3. I have walked around four out of the five (I still have to visit Munich). My own personal favourites in Europe are Florence in Italy, Salzburg in Austria and Ljubljana in Slovenia. The best way to see a city I believe is on foot with the occasional short hop on public transport if necessary.

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I agree, walking is the way to go! Plus then you don’t feel so guilty for enjoying the heavier than normal meals and beverages at lunch and dinner 🙂

  4. Peter says:

    I already have been to a few of these cities and I must say it was great to spend a few days there. I have been in Berlin and Munich they are truly beautiful cities and I had an great time there but I also want to see the other cities you mentioned, But also I want to spend a few days in Moscow I heard it’s great.
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  5. Hanni says:

    These are the cities that I really wanted to spend my vacation with my whole family.
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  6. Faith says:

    Walking around is my favorite way to see any city–even the hilly ones 🙂
    Faith recently posted..Flowers in the Desert

  7. cliff1976 says:

    I will also vouch for the Paris Walks — we did a great (cheap! CHEAP!) walking tour with a wonderful host through the Marais (the old Jewish Quarter). Great stuff (and you can detour past a chocolatier or two if you like).
    cliff1976 recently posted..Innsbruck with #TBUIBK

  8. Denise says:

    I have only been to London from this list and definitely think it is made for walking. I’d also add Budapest…there is just so much to see on foot!
    Denise recently posted..Regensberg, a village perched on a hill: Pictures take you places

  9. Sailor says:

    You have some amazing pictures of these five cities you love to take a walk !
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