The 5 best walkable cities around the world

Helsinki, Finland. Picture: iStock

Helsinki, Finland. Picture: iStock

Take in the minimalist beauty of Scandinavian design by strolling through the streets of Helsinki.

Munich, Kyoto and Bordeaux have been named some of the most beautiful, pedestrian-friendly tourism destinations in a new list compiled by

For the selection, the online reservation site teased out trends from the reviews of their 26 million travelers, who praised the walkable neighbourhoods of cities with ample green spaces, quaint and charming streets, and village-like feel.

Strap on your most comfortable walking shoes for their selection of the best car-free destinations.


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The biggest pedestrian-friendly feature going for Munich is its English Garden, a sprawling park in the center of the city that’s among the biggest in Europe, with its own lake, beer garden and Japanese tea salon.


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Headed to Kyoto? Visitors recommend planning extra stroll time around the temple Kiyomizu-dera, where ancient sanctuaries and food stalls create a dynamic, animated street scene.


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One of the best ways to take in the minimalist beauty of Scandinavian design is to stroll through the streets of Helsinki, a tribute to Finnish heritage.

READ MORE: 9 cheap, free and fun things to do if you’re ever in Helsinki, Finland


Along with the city’s neoclassic architecture and majestic Pont de Pierre bridge, Bordeaux boasts the largest reflecting pool in the world at Place de la Bourse, the Water Mirror.


With its ancient cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways, off-limits to mobility of the motorised kind, the city invites visitors to amble slowly and enjoy its distinctly Florentine beauty. A particular favorite is Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge that was spared during the German occupation of the Second World War.

Rounding out the selection are New York, Perth, San Francisco, Vancouver and Montevideo, Uruguay.

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