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This European city has been named the world’s most walkable

A study has evaluated everything from rainfall and car free places to walking trails and general safety

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly

Sure, loads of cities around the world boast amazing public transport networks, but if you’re able to, the best way to really get a sense of a place has gotta be by foot. You can soak up the atmosphere, properly see the architecture and maybe discover some lesser-known little spots along the way. 

Some cities are much better sites for a stroll than others, though. To walk us through the options, Compare the Market AU has evaluated the average rainfall, number of walking trails, safety score, cost of public transport and car-free places – among other factors – to see which cities are the most walkable. 

And thanks to its pedestrian-friendly city centre, high safety levels and a staggering 1.4 million km of bike trails, Munich was crowned as the winner. In second place it was Milan, which has an even more impressive 1.9 million km worth of bike trails, and in third it was Warsaw, where 74 percent of the population live within 1 km of a car-free space. 

Europe walks all over other continents in this list, with Tokyo being the only non-European entry at number six. But given the Japanese capital has a whopping 264 walking trails (the next highest was Helsinki with 116), it’s certainly earned its place. 

These are the ten most walkable cities in the world

  1. Munich
  2. Milan
  3. Warsaw
  4. Helsinki
  5. Paris
  6. Tokyo
  7. Madrid
  8. Oslo
  9. Copenhagen
  10. Amsterdam

Take a hike

If you really want to stretch those legs, take a look at our roundups of the best hikes in Europe and across the world. There’s some gorgeous national parks dotted around too.

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