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The 10 most walkable cities in Europe

From Florence to Stockholm via many more, these are the most walkable cities in Europe, a most pedestrian-friendly place

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

All hail the pedestrian. Europe is blessed with extremely walkable cities, gorgeous places of history that can be explored using only the legs and feet afforded at birth. The most walkable cities in Europe cover plenty of ground too, from northern charmers to famous southern belles. It is a win-win; visitors can explore gorgeous architecture and oh-so-tangible history while hitting that 10k daily steps guideline.

These cities are unique in their own ways and are all ready and waiting to fill hearts and lungs with joy and fresh air. Drink plenty of water, wear comfortable shoes, and get that camera ready.

Florence, Italy
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1. Florence, Italy

It’ll take around ten minutes and just half a mile of walking to get a look at Florence’s main attractions. The Ponte Vecchio, the city’s famous Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery are basically within touching distance of each other.

Venice, Italy
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2. Venice, Italy

It might be famous for its waterways, but Venice is a walker’s city too. Got 12 minutes? You could cop a look at landmarks like the Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and more. As long as you don’t get stuck behind any dawdling tour groups, that is. 

Riga, Latvia
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3. Riga, Latvia

Walking just 1.5 miles will get you around Riga’s top attractions, like the Cathedral, the House of the Black Heads and the Central Market, where you can stock up on snacks to fuel your steps.

Athens, Greece
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4. Athens, Greece

Athens’s most celebrated sights, like the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the Agora and the National Garden, can be ticked off with just 1.9 miles of walking.

Hamburg, Germany
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5. Hamburg, Germany

You need just 40 minutes to stroll the two miles between Hamburg’s big-hitters, including Hamburg Dungeon and the Maritime Museum. 

Edinburgh, Scotland
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6. Edinburgh, Scotland

The walking time between Edinburgh’s big five – the National Museum, Edinburgh Castle, National Gallery, Palace of Holyrood House and Holyrood Park – is just 44 minutes. Warning: those streets can get pretty hilly.

Madrid, Spain
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7. Madrid, Spain

Forty-four minutes is also all you need to walk between Madrid’s biggies, like the Temple of Debod and El Retiro Park. 

Porto, Portugal
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8. Porto, Portugal

The same goes for Portugal’s second city. You can hit Porto’s biggest sights, like the Luís I Bridge, the Cathedral and more, in just under 45 minutes. 

Tallinn, Estonia
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9. Tallinn, Estonia

There are just 2.3 miles between Tallinn’s Freedom Square, Viru Gate and Kadriorg Park. 

Stockholm, Sweden
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10. Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm’s Royal Palace, Vasa Museum, Skansen museum and more are all reachable in just 46 minutes' worth of walking. 

This data was provided by Tourlane

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