Best Places to Visit for Memorable Walks in Europe

Fodor's travelers selected their favorite destinations to explore on foot—because there's nothing like walking around to slow down and immerse yourself in a new place. From the rolling hills of Spain to the long-distance trails of Great Britain, you'll love strolling delightful cities, walking in the footsteps of history, and hiking famed footpaths through grassy heaths.

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    Salzburg »

    Salzburg

    Art lovers call Salzburg the Golden City of High Baroque; historians refer to it as the Florence of the North or the German Rome; and, of course, music lovers know it as the birthplace of one of the world's most beloved composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart... Read more

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    Córdoba »

    Córdoba

    Strategically located on the north bank of the Guadalquivir River, Córdoba was the Roman and Moorish capital of Spain, and its old quarter, clustered around its famous Mezquita, remains one of the country's grandest and yet most intimate examples of its... Read more

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    Belfast »

    The city of Belfast was a great Victorian success story, an industrial boomtown whose prosperity was built on trade—especially linen and shipbuilding. Famously (or infamously), the Titanic was built here, giving Belfast, for a time, the nickname "Titanic... Read more

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    Venice »

    Venice

    Venice is called La Serenissima, "the most serene," a reference to the majesty, wisdom, and impressive power of this city that was for centuries the leader in trade between Europe and the Orient, and a major center of European culture. Built entirely on... Read more

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    Cardiff »

    Cardiff

    The historic market town of Brecon is known for its Georgian buildings, narrow passageways, and pleasant riverside walks. It's also the gateway to Brecon Beacons National Park. The town is particularly appealing on Tuesday and Friday, which are market... Read more

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    Central Anatolia »

    Central Anatolia

    Some of the oldest known human settlements were established in the hills and valleys of Central Anatolia, but today the main attraction in this part of Turkey is the magical landscape of Cappadocia, where wind and rain have shaped the area's soft volcanic... Read more

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    Cambridge »

    Cambridge

    With the spires of its university buildings framed by towering trees and expansive meadows, its medieval streets and passages enhanced by gardens and riverbanks, the city of Cambridge is among the loveliest in England. The city predates the Roman occupation... Read more

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    Amsterdam »

    Amsterdam

    Perhaps Amsterdam's greatest charm is also its greatest enigma: How can such a gracious cultural center with an incomparable romance also multitask as the most offbeat metropolis in the world?... Built on a latticework of concentric canals like an aquatic... Read more

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    Cinque Terre »

    Cinque Terre
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    Brugge »

    Brugge

    Wandering through the tangled streets and enjoying the narrow canals, handsome squares, and charming old gabled houses is a pleasure, but the secret got out many years ago—tourism has long been the principal industry here, and preservation orders and bylaws... Read more

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    Provence »

    Provence

    As you approach Provence there's a magical moment when you finally leave the north behind: cypresses and red-tile roofs appear; you hear the screech of cicadas and breathe the scent of wild thyme and lavender. Along the highway, oleanders bloom against... Read more

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    Paris »

    Paris

    Whether it's a riverside vista that takes in the Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower, or the view of elegant buildings and mansard roofs from a hotel room window, it doesn't take much to convince anyone that Paris is one of the most beautiful... Read more

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    Madrid »

    Madrid

    Madrid—the Spanish capital since 1561—celebrates itself and life in general around the clock. A vibrant crossroads, Madrid has an infectious appetite for art, music, and epicurean pleasure, and it's turned into a cosmopolitan, modern urban center while... Read more

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    Prague »

    Prague

    One of Europe’s best-preserved cities, Prague has a romantic riverside location enhanced by graceful bridges and a magnificent skyline punctuated with medieval church spires. Its historic Old Town follows a plan laid out 1,000 years ago, with ancient squares... Read more

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    Florence »

    Florence

    Florence, the city of the lily, gave birth to the Renaissance and changed the way we see the world. For centuries it has captured the imaginations of travelers, who have come seeking "a room with a view" and phenomenal art. Indeed, no city in Italy can... Read more

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