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The Nordic Countries Self-Guided City Walks

Explore the enchanting Nordic Countries capitals at your own pace with Self-Guided City Walks!

In Copenhagen, Denmark, wander through historic Nyhavn, marvel at the grandeur of Amalienborg Palace, and explore the bohemian charm of Christiania.

In Stockholm, Sweden, roam the cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan, explore the Vasa Museum’s maritime wonders, and unwind in the lush Djurgården park.

Discover Oslo, Norway, by wandering through the scenic Vigeland Sculpture Park, experiencing the rich history at Akershus Fortress, and indulging in the waterfront vibes of Aker Brygge.

In Helsinki, Finland, stroll along the vibrant Market Square, visit the striking Helsinki Cathedral, and enjoy the tranquility of Esplanadi Park.

In Reykjavik, Iceland, immerse yourself in its unique blend of modern and traditional, from the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church to the bustling Laugavegur street.

Each of these five walks is meticulously designed to offer an authentic and unforgettable Nordic experience.

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Germany Self-Guided City Walks

Discover the charm of Germany with six Self-Guided City Walks in Berlin (2 walks), Dresden, Freiburg im Breisgau, Hamburg and Munich!

In Berlin, explore the contrasting histories of the former East and West sides with a walk on each side of this fascinating and historic city.

Wander through the iconic Brandenburg Gate, the vibrant Alexanderplatz, and the remnants of the Berlin Wall on the east side of Berlin. Then, see the famous Checkpoint Charlie and the classic architecture of the Gendarmenmarkt on the west side of Berlin.

In Dresden, immerse yourself in the Baroque splendour of the Zwinger Palace, the majestic Frauenkirche, and the scenic Elbe River.

In Freiburg im Breisgau, stroll through the medieval city centre, marvel at the stunning Freiburg Minster, and enjoy the lush greenery of the Black Forest.

Hamburg invites you to its vibrant harbour, historic Speicherstadt, and the lively Reeperbahn.

Munich offers a rich tapestry of culture with visits to Marienplatz, the resplendent Nymphenburg Palace, and the famous Englischer Garten.

These six walks are designed to uncover these captivating German cities’ unique stories and hidden gems.

Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg Self-Guided City Walks

Discover the charm of European cities through self-guided city walks in Bruges, Ghent, and Brussels, Belgium; Luxembourg City, Luxembourg; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Stroll through Bruges and Ghent to marvel at medieval architecture and tranquil canals. In Brussels, explore the grandeur of the Grand Place, the Atomium, and the whimsical Manneken Pis.

Luxembourg City’s fortified walls and scenic viewpoints offer stunning vistas and a glimpse into its storied past.

Amsterdam’s canals, historic homes, and vibrant markets make every turn a delightful discovery.

Each of these five city walks promises an immersive experience rich with history, culture, and local charm. Whether you’re navigating the cobblestone streets of Bruges, enjoying the artistic heritage of Ghent, uncovering Brussels’ cosmopolitan allure, admiring Luxembourg’s dramatic landscapes, or soaking in Amsterdam’s laid-back vibe, these self-guided tours provide an unforgettable journey.

France Self-Guided City Walks

Take a captivating journey through France with these nine self-guided city walks, perfect for the independent traveller. There is another page just for Paris, with five separate walks.

In Bordeaux, you can explore elegant neoclassical architecture, stroll along the Garonne River, and indulge in world-renowned wines.

In Dijon, wander through the historic heart of Burgundy, marvel at the medieval architecture, and savour gourmet delights.

In Lyon, the gastronomic capital, stroll through charming traboules and along the picturesque Saône and Rhône rivers.

Marseille offers a vibrant blend of cultures, with walks through the bustling Vieux-Port and serene seaside promenades.

Montpellier captivates with its blend of modernity and history, from the stately Place de la Comédie to the narrow medieval streets of the Écusson.

Nice, with its vibrant Old Town, stunning Promenade des Anglais, and rich artistic heritage, offers a delightful blend of sun, sea, and history on the French Riviera.

Historic Reims invites you to explore its illustrious Champagne heritage, magnificent cathedrals, and elegant boulevards.

While in Strasbourg, traverse the enchanting canals and timber-framed houses of La Petite France and admire the stunning Gothic cathedral.

Toulouse, known as La Ville Rose (The Pink City), captivates with its distinctive terracotta architecture, vibrant aerospace industry, and rich cultural scene along the banks of the Garonne River.

With its unique charm and rich history, each city promises an unforgettable adventure on foot.

Czechia, Slovakia and Hungary SGCW

Exploring the heart of Central Europe, these five self-guided city walks offer an intimate glimpse into the vibrant histories and cultures of Prague, Czechia; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Budapest, Hungary.

There are two walks in Prague. Wander through the enchanting Old Town, where cobblestone streets lead to iconic landmarks like the Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square. Cross the historic Charles Bridge to Lesser Town, a picturesque district filled with baroque architecture and charming alleyways, crowned by the majestic Prague Castle.

Stroll through the compact yet captivating Old Town in Bratislava, with its blend of medieval towers and modern sculptures. Highlights include St Martin’s Cathedral and the lively Hviezdoslav Square, perfect for a leisurely break.

Budapest offers a tale of two cities with two walks, one on each side of the Danube. In Buda, climb Castle Hill to explore the regal Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion, offering stunning views over the Danube. Cross the Chain Bridge to Pest, where the grand boulevards reveal the Hungarian Parliament Building, vibrant markets, and elegant plazas.

Each of these five city walks presents a unique narrative, inviting travellers to discover the essence of Central Europe’s rich heritage.

Bulgaria – Plovdiv

Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and is often considered its cultural capital for the thriving arts and music scene. It was the European Capital of Culture for the year 2019.

Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe, with over 6000 years of continuous human settlement.

Known as Philippopolis in ancient times, Plovdiv was ruled by various civilizations, including the Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, each leaving its mark on its architecture, culture, and traditions.

Evidence of its long, richly layered past is present throughout the city, from Roman ruins to Ottoman influences to Bulgarian National Revival architecture.

Walk Distance approx. 5 km / 3 miles.

Germany – Berlin (East)

Welcome to what was East Berlin, a captivating district steeped in history, art, and innovation. Once part of the socialist East Germany, this area is a testament to the city’s resilience and unity.

Explore the remnants of the Berlin Wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial and East Side Gallery, or delve into the city’s past at the DDR Museum. Wander through the historic streets of Nikolaiviertel and marvel at the towering Molecule Man.

Discover the cultural treasures of Museum Island and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Alexanderplatz.

From Soviet-era monuments to contemporary art galleries, East Berlin offers a fascinating journey through time and culture, inviting you to uncover its many layers of significance.

Walk Distance 8 km / 5 miles

Germany – Berlin (West)

Berlin (West) Self-Guided City Walk

West Berlin, a vibrant and dynamic hub brimming with history, culture, and modernity.
Once isolated by the Berlin Wall, this district has emerged as a symbol of resilience and innovation.

Explore the iconic Brandenburg Gate, witness the bustling energy of Postdamer Platz, and marvel at the grandeur of Gendarmenmarkt.

Discover the city’s rich cultural offerings at the Berlin Zoological Garden and immerse yourself in its tumultuous past at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum.

Walk Distance approximately 8 km / 5 miles.

Portugal and Spain Self-Guided City Walks

Embark on a captivating journey through Portugal and Spain with Self-Guided City Walks. In Lisbon, wander through the historic Alfama district, explore the vibrant Baixa, and ascend to the iconic Belém Tower. Porto invites you to stroll along the Douro River, admire the majestic Dom Luís I Bridge, and savour the local port wine in its charming cellars.

Cross into Spain, where Barcelona’s walk reveals the enchanting Gothic Quarter, Gaudí’s architectural marvels, and the bustling La Rambla. In Seville, immerse yourself in flamenco culture, visit the awe-inspiring Seville Cathedral, and enjoy the serene Plaza de España. Valencia’s route showcases the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, the historic Mercado Central, and the tranquil Turia Gardens.

Madrid offers two distinct experiences: the west side tour covers the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, and the lush Sabatini Gardens, while the east side walk explores the bustling Puerta del Sol, the majestic Prado Museum, and the vibrant Retiro Park.

Each of these seven walks are designed to uncover the essence of these cities at your own pace.

Italy Self-Guided City Walks

Exploring Italy through Self-Guided City Walks offers a captivating journey through its rich history and vibrant culture.

Stroll along the Arno River in Florence and marvel at architectural masterpieces like the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio.

Uncover hidden gems in the narrow streets of Genoa, with its stunning palaces and the bustling Porto Antico.

Ancient Rome awaits with a walk through the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, bringing to life the grandeur of the Roman Empire.

Another walk in Rome, extending into Vatican City, lets you delve into religious history. It features St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Rome locations include the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

Naples offers a vibrant experience with its lively streets, historic castles, and mesmerizing views of Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.

In Trieste, wander through the charming Piazza Unità d’Italia and along the serene waterfront, experiencing the city’s unique blend of Italian and Austro-Hungarian influences.

In Verona, follow the romantic trail of Romeo and Juliet, exploring the charming piazzas, ancient Roman Arena, and medieval architecture.

Each of these seven Self-Guided City Walks is a step back in time, providing an intimate connection with Italy’s diverse heritage.