So you’re an avid walker, eh? After all, before bikes and modern transportation, humans had to get around somehow. And let’s face it, there’s just no better way to experience a new place than navigating its streets and discovering its splendor by foot. So for those who like to walk, we’ve listed a few of the world’s most walkable cities, in no particular order.
Between its beachside cliffs and historic downtown architecture, Sydney has one of the world’s most diverse landscapes, all of which can be easily traversed by foot. And with an average year-round temperature of 65°F, there’s never a bad time of year to take a stroll through the Harbor City.
New York City
From Bronx to Staten Island, all 5 boroughs were made to be walked. The length of Manhattan alone is only 13 miles, featuring world-famous neighborhoods and districts like Chelsea, Chinatown, SoHo, and the Upper West Side. Jump on the train and head down to Brooklyn for more of a residential experience, and grab a pie at Grimaldi’s in DUMBO to fuel your urban adventure.
A breathtaking combination of pastoral countrysides and storied city streets, Edinburgh is fraught with regal walks, trails, and cobblestone streets where kings and queens once journeyed. From the summit of the volcano known as Arthur’s Seat to the historical rotunda at Calton Hill, Edinburgh has plenty to see, but is quaint enough to discover by foot.
Often referred to as “the New York of Canada,” Toronto has all the lights, sites, and skyscrapers of the Big Apple, with a little less of the hustle and bustle. Toronto has a slew of self-guided walks though lush parks, like Crothers Woods and Cottonwood Flats, as well as world-class shopping districts like Toronto Eaton Centre. Walk it all.
Home of the world’s best beer, Munich is a splendid combination of contemporary Bavarian culture and ornate, ancient architecture. The English Garden makes for a serene, sylvan retreat, while attractions like the Rathaus-Glockenspiel call to mind Renaissance times. Make your way through Munich’s Marienplatz and stop at Augustiner, Munich’s oldest brewery for a fresh beer or two. From there, walk off the calories and visit Citizen’s Hall and St. Johann Nepomuk Church for some awe-inspiring sights.
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