I am not an organised tour type of person. After being encouraged to do a walking tour by my sister, on my first trip to Berlin, however, I now believe that walking tours are the best way to see a city. I have now done that Berlin walking tour five times now!
Walking tours are the best way to be introduced to a city. It allows me to see and feel the city while learning about its history, architecture and culture while getting exercise! I am not trapped! If you do not like the tour, I can wander off!
Walking tours are the best way to find out what the local issues, concerns, news and gossip are.
I have found that generally the guides are more adept at telling you which tourist traps to avoid and which ones to embrace!
Walking tours are a great springboard for finding out things that locals know. A walking tour introduced me to the best German restaurant I have ever eaten at in Berlin. I discovered the best cheesecake in the world in Copenhagen. I learnt where the best hot pools were in Rejkavik. I was invited to an underground arts rave in a subway station.
If you are travelling with friends or family, a walking tour can defuse the intensity of the time you are spending together. You get to mix with others.
Are you a walker?