In recent years, guided city tours have become more and more popular throughout Europe – tours like the ”Hop-On-Hop-Off” buses are now in pretty much every capital city across west and central Europe.
I think the reason why this sightseeing bus has become so popular is because they don’t just drive around the city talking about all the monuments and places they drive past, but they actually let you get off and explore the place, and then jump on the next bus an hour or so later.
People don’t want to see the city from the window anymore, they want to reach all the places of interest and be able to choose where to get off.
Another reason is of course that many of the city buses give you a pretty good deal, especially with discount coupons.
Other types of tours like walking city tours and free city tours are increasing even more in popularity.
3 Best City Tours In Europe
Berlin Free Walking Tour
Walking is most often one of the best ways to explore a city and see more of it, but often visiting all these different monuments is boring if you have no idea what you’re looking at, which is why guided tours are so popular.
These days it is even easier for people to do it, because it doesn’t have to cost a fortune anymore – in fact, it’s free.
Berlin’s free guided vacation tours are one of the best and most praised in Europe, I don’t know anyone who has not been pleased with the tours.
The tour guides are young students who have a passion for the city, its history and people, and who know how to tell a story and be entertaining.
The good thing about these free city tours is that anyone can afford it.
The students are paid by tip, and you pay what you think the tour was worth and by how much you can afford – don’t worry, the guide usually doesn’t even look at how much you give, so don’t feel pressured or bad if you can’t afford paying much.
Stockholm Boat Tour
Stockholm is surrounded by water everywhere, which isn’t very surprising since the city is made up of several islands.
The best way to see this beautiful city and its surroundings is by a boat tour.
The boat tours take you around to different places, from the island where the Old Town is based to the island where the famous Vasa ship can be found, and do make a stop over at Skansen which is on the same island, the first open air museum in Scandinavia which gives the visitor a great insight into Swedish culture and history.
Some city boat tours even take you all the way out to the islands where the locals have their summer houses and where you can go swimming.
With some of the boat tour tickets you also get free entrance to the amusement park Gröna Lund.
Amsterdam Bike Tour
One of the best ways of exploring Amsterdam is by bike, but while the city is easy to get around in on a bicycle, it’s sometimes difficult to find your way on the map among all the canals and bridges.
Take a bike tour where the guide shows you the best parts of the city, from the most famous streets and and buildings to the local treasures unknown to tourists.
Some bike tours even take you to the outskirts of the city where you’ll find some beautiful parks and countryside with windmills and tulips.
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