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The world's best walkable cities and the best places to stay to make the most of your visit

Mirror logo Mirror 29/04/2017 Julie Delahaye
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Planning a city break for your next adventure? Then it's time to ditch the car, dig out your comfiest shoes and go exploring on foot!

Nowadays, forget wasting hours stuck in traffic during rush hours or being unable to stop as you drive by a quirky shop or bar that catches your eye.

Cities are more pedestrian-friendly than ever, and there's no better way to soak up the atmosphere by taking a leisurely stroll through the streets.

Booking.com has given us some major travel inspiration as the hotel gurus reveal the most walkable cities in the world, whether you're looking to discover art in Florence or see the sights in New York.

We take a look at the best things to see and do in these ten glamorous cities - and where to stay to make the most of your time off...

1.Munich

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Munich is renowned for its walking-friendly infrastructure, with plenty of pedestrianised streets to wander through, packed with Bavarian scenes at every turn, not to mention the ornate public buildings waiting to be discovered (the Frauenkirche cathedral is particularly mesmerising).

For a really picturesque afternoon you'll want to stop by the English Garden. One of Europe's largest parks, it has everything from breathtaking lakes, historical tidbits, bustling beer gardens and even a Japanese teahouse!

Where to stay: The relexa hotel München is just 650 yards from home of Oktoberfest the Theresienwiese, not to mention it's less than a ten-minute walk away from some of Munich's most elegant shopping streets.

Rooms have soundproofed windows and flat screen TVs so you can really relax after a busy day of walking!

How much? Prices start from £92 per night based on two adults sharing.

2. Kyoto

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This Japanese city uses a grid-like system making it really easy for tourists to navigate, not to mention despite being surrounded by mountainous landscape the city itself is quite flat.

Many of the biggest sights and highlights are nestled together in the Higashiyama district, so you can easily get around on foot if you're looking to explore the best of Kyoto's local culture.

Where to stay: The Kyoto Hana Hotel is located on Sanjo street in the heart of the city, less than a ten-minute walk away from the popular Gion district renowned for being packed with entertainment and art.

The spacious rooms have all the modern amenities you would expect, not to mention that the breakfast buffet offers up a wide array of delectable treats from Danish pastries to local Japanese cuisine.

How much? Prices start from £139 per night based on two people sharing. 

3. Helsinki

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Having previously announced a goal to make car ownership "obselete" by 2025 in the city, Helsinki's city planners have been hard at work making it much friendlier for those walking or taking public transport.

In fact there are plenty of walkable and interconnected neighbourhoods that you can easily wander through, not to mention the biggest sights themselves - such as the iconic Cathedral - are surrounded by local shops, restaurants and bars for a jam-packed fun day out.

Where to stay: Go Happy Home Apartments offers a series of accommodation in central Helsinki, ideal if you're hoping to explore the capital by foot.

Individually decorated, they each come with a fully-equipped kitchen as well as dining areas and flat screen TVs, perfect if you're looking for a cosy night in after a long day out and about exploring.

How much? Prices start from £108 per night based on two people sharing. 

4. Bordeaux

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If you're tempted by Bordeaux to check out its world-famous wines, then ditching the car in favour of walking means you don't have to miss out on a tipple!

Sunny weather, impressive historic monuments, intricate architecture and that must-have French food and wine are just some of the reasons why a stroll around the city makes for an idyllic break.

Where to stay: The Appartements Cathédrale are located in ideal walking distance from Bordeaux's most popular attractions.

350 yards from Saint-André Cathedral, 650 yards from Great Bell Bordeaux and just 750 yards from the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, you won't struggle to get around on foot!

How much? Prices start from £113 based on four people sharing one apartment. 

5. Florence

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Because of its small size, Florence is really easy to cover on foot. In fact, some tourists have walked from one end of the city to another in less than an hour!

Most of the streets in the historic centre are pedestrian-only, and only a handful of squares are open to car traffic at all so you really can take a leisurely stroll without having to plan too much of your route.

Where to stay: Room Mate Luca really is right by some of the biggest sights - it's 450 yards from Michelangelo's iconic David in the Accademia Gallery, ten minutes from the cathedral and less than a mile away from the stunning Ponte Vecchio bridge.

It's picked up a four-star rating thanks to its stylish and modern rooms nestled in an elegant 19th century building, not to mention the 24-hour reception staff offer brilliant tips and advice on how to make the most of your time in the city.

How much? Prices start from £143 per night based on two people sharing. Breakfast included. 

6. New York

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With its grid formation and numbered streets, there's little chance of getting lost in New York. You can make your way through Manhattan on foot from SoHo to Little Italy or Central Park - and Times Square itself is pedestrianised.

However, if you do want to cross the city and avoid having to spend the whole day on your feet, avoid the Big Apple's traffic and ditch the yellow cab in favour of the subway.

Where to stay: Club Quarters Hotel Wall Street is just one block away from the bustling world of Wall Street, not to mention it's near sights including Ground Zero, Trinity Church and a subway station that takes you straight to Broadway.

How much? Prices start from £112 based on two people sharing.

7. Perth

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This Australian hotspot isn't just popular because of its glorious weather and pristine beaches: the city itself is a cultural hub!

Wander through the hustle and bustle of the city's streets packed with restaurants and bars, or take a scenic calm walk through the luciously green urban parjs.

Where to stay: Tucked away in the heart of the city is the Alex Hotel. A ten-minute walk from Hay Street Shopping Area and with a roof terrace offering unparalleled views of the skyline, it's a must for those wanting to see a whole new side to Perth.

How much? Prices from £123 based on two people sharing, breakfast included. 

8. Vancouver

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Not only does Vancouver face the sea, but it boasts the spectacular North Shore Mountains as its breathtaking backdrop - so it's no wonder the Canadian city continues to be a hit.

An ideal mix of the urban and natural, there are plenty of scenic walks to enjoy during your stay - try the promenade along the False Creek shoreline to Granville Island, and make sure to stop by Ambleside Park.

Where to stay: The Blue Horizon Hotel is perfect if you're after a city break with a beach, as it's just a 12-minute walk from Vancouver's sandy shores.

Corner rooms offer balcony views of the city unlike any other, while the English Bay and Maritime Museum are just a stone's throw away.

How much? Prices from £150 based on two people sharing.

9. San Francisco

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If you can brave a few hilly roads, then San Francisco makes for an ideal walkable city. It boasts California's sunny weather but thanks to its oceanfront location there's a breeze, while the ecletic neighbourhoods and colourful buildings make for an unforgettable stroll.

Feeling particularly energetic? You can walk the 1.7 miles of the Golden Gate Bridge, or if you're short on time then just the first tower and back again.

Where to stay: The Golden Gate hotel is just a five minute walk from Union Square and the Theatre District, or just ten minutes from Chinatown.

As well as the daily continental breakfast there's a complimentary afternoon tea, ideal for a rejuvenating boost between a day of sightseeing and a night out making the most of San Francisco's world-famous nightlife.

How much? Prices from £117 based on two people sharing, breakfast included.

10. Montevideo

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Uruguay's capital city may be big in size, but it's surprisingly easy to walk around. There's a distinctively laid back vibe, and the Rambla is particularly popular at sunset for couples on a romantic walk.

Expect leafy plazas, awe-inspiring colonial architecture and Art Deco towers, as well as street musicians always on hand to serenade you as you stroll!

Where to stay: The BIT Design Hotel offers panoramic views of the city, not to mention it boasts some seriously chic and elegant rooms.

It's also right by the capital's busting Punta Carretas Shopping area, and just a stone's throw from Montevideo's World Trade Center.

How much? Prices from £98 based on two people sharing, breakfast included.

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