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The 10 most walkable cities in Europe

From Florence to Stockholm via Edinburgh, these European city destinations are among the easiest to explore by foot

By Ellie Walker-Arnott
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When we’re on holiday we don’t always want to be fussing over hailing cabs, decoding bus routes or riding unfamiliar subway systems. Road trips and romantic train journeys aside, walking is our preferred way to get around, especially when it comes to city breaks. And particularly right now – when staying outside and overground is preferable to anything else. 

With that in mind, here are ten of the most walkable cities in Europe, based on the walking distance between the city’s five top attractions. Bonus: you’ll also save money, cut down your emissions and up your step count. Let’s get strolling. 

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Florence Duomo
Florence Duomo
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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
Venice
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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. 

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Riga, Latvia
Riga, Latvia
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3. Riga, Latvia

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

Acropolis, Athens
Acropolis, Athens
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4. Athens, Greece

All of 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.

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Hamburg
Hamburg
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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. 

A view of Victoria Street in Edinburgh
A view of Victoria Street in Edinburgh
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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.

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Madrid Palace
Madrid Palace
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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. 

ribeira
ribeira
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8. Porto, Portugal

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

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Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn, Estonia
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9. Tallinn, Estonia

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

Kungsholmen in Stockholm
Kungsholmen in Stockholm
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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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