The Best Cities to Explore on Foot (Part 2)

Venice, Explore on Foot

Although Venice seems like one the most pedestrian friendly cities, traffic jams in the canals are very common. Also, if you are coming for the first time, the narrow and dark streets with no passersby can seem pretty scary. The trick is to relax and choose not to panic even if you get lost.The most practical route is to cross the Rialto Bridge first, which is located over the Grand Canal and then take a walk through the city market. Be sure to visit the Museum of Claude Monet and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in the Venier dei Leoni Square. Finally, wander around the Cannaregio suburb where you can stumble upon Byzantine palaces and monasteries, and wonderful wineries.

 

01-Venice via Flickr, by Trish Hartmann, license CC BY 2.0

Prague, Explore on Foot

Prague is best explored by taking the so-called “Royal Route”, named after the coronation ceremonies of Czech kings. Start from Prasna Brana – the original gates of the old town and follow the silver arrows along the Celetna Street. Be sure to visit the House of the Black Madonna inspired by Cubism, and then take a walk through the Old Town Square where you will see the Gothic Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. Skip Charles Bridge and leave the Prague Castle at the end.

 

02-Prague via Flickr, by Giannis Arvanitakis, license CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Explore on Foot, Cape Town

While undoubtedly beautiful, Cape Town is a fairly recent addition to the pedestrian-friendly cities. The trail that connects the city center with St. Andrew Square and Cape Town Stadium is intended for football fans only, as you will notice along the way – lots of cafes, pubs and restaurants where you can rest. You can also visit St Andrew Square where archaeological excavations from 2003 uncovered graves from the 17th century.

 

03- Cape Town explore on foot via Flickr, by John Hickey-Fry, license CC BY 2.0

Vienna, Explore on Foot

In Vienna-there are no shortcuts because the city is full of fantastic locations which you can explore on foot. First you need to visit the Old Town (Inner City) and its most important landmark – St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Some very romantic streets, resembling those of the Middle Ages, will guide you to it. Belvedere Palace and its gardens are a must-visit, as well as Naschmarkt, an outdoor bazaar that dates from the 16th century. Of course, we mentioned only a small fraction of the great things to see in this fantastic city.

 

04-Vienna via Flickr, by Jeff Laitila, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Explore on Foot, Tokyo

The most interesting Tokyo suburbs are Harajuku and Omotesando. You can start from Meiji, which is surrounded by forest, and then pass the footbridge to Harajuku Station and marvel at Yoyogi Stadium, a mesmerizing creation of architect Kenzo Tange. Take the stairs to Takeshita Street, the best place to get to know the Japanese avant-garde culture. Follow the boulevard surrounded by trees to Omotesando Hills, a large shopping center that was designed by architect Tadao Ando.

 

Tokyo Blue Hour explore on foot via Flickr, by iwillbehomesoon, license CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Marrakech, Explore on Foot

Marrakech has a whole maze of streets for pedestrians. Although the city would never have won an award for its architectural plan, it will surely delight you with its vibrancy and extraordinary charm. Every traveler should start from the famous square Djema El Fna, where you will find various prophets, snake whisperers and smoky hot kitchens. Enter any of the streets leading from the square and you will see dealers selling everything from fresh saffron to precious caftan. Finally, visit the Koutoubia Mosque, whose minarets will not leave you indifferent. Continue to Almogad Palace and the famous Ali Ben Youssef madrasa from the 14th century, lined with marble, hewn cedar and oriental designs.

 

06- Marrakech-2 via Flickr, by Martin Fisch, license CC BY-SA 2.0

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