Residents of some of the most popular cities in the world are happy to share their city with you. Who better to explore a city with than a local!
While regular tour-guides get paid regardless of their performance, so they might not deliver a top quality tour, these free walking tours are purely based on the local’s love for his/her city and the interest in sharing knowledge with visitors.
We’ve found the following free tours in “our” cities in and around Europe:
Antwerp, Netherlands: Legends of Antwerp Free Walking Tour
Athens, Greece: Athens Free Walking Tour
Barcelona, Spain: Runner Bean Tours
Berlin, Germany: Alternative Berlin Tours
Brussels, Belgium: Brussels Nice Tours
Cologne, Germany: Free Walk Cologne
Copenhagen, Denmark: Copenhagen Free Walking Tours
Dublin, Ireland: Dublin Free Walking Tour
Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh Free Tour
Frankfurt, Germany: Frankfurt Free Alternative Walking Tour
Geneva, Switzerland: Freewalk Tours Geneva
Ghent, Belgium: Free Walking Tours
Glasgow, Scotland: Free Glasgow Walking Tour
Hamburg, Germany: Robin and the Tourguides Hamburg
Helsinki, Finland: Happy Guide Helsinki Free Walking Tour
Istanbul, Turkey: Free Istanbul Tours
Krakow, Poland: Free Walking Tour
Milan, Italy: Walkabout Milano
Munich, Germany: InMunich Free City Tour
Oslo, Norway: Free Tour Oslo
Prishtina, Kosovo: Prishtina Free Walking Tours
Saint Petersburg, Russia: Saint-Petersburg Feel Free Tour
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Free Sarajevo Walking Tours
Sofia, Bulgaria: Free Sofia Tour
Tallinn, Estonia: Yellow Free Tours
Tirana, Albania: Tirana Free Tour
Turin, Italy: Turin Free Walking Tour
Vilnius, Lithuania: Vilnius Free Walking Tours
Warsaw, Poland: Break in Warsaw
Zurich, Switzerland: Free Walk Zurich
Getting to know a city the way it actually is, free from tourist traps and overcrowded places, can be incredibly hard. That’s exactly why we, Spotted by Locals, think it’s great to create a platform on which you can find great local spots.
Another way to experience the city is through these types of walking tours, and of course when traveling money can be tight. That’s why these walking tours are perfect to get to know a city on a tight budget, it makes for a chill way to explore. The guides are usually locals themselves, and let’s be real locals are the only ones who know a city’s secrets. Apart from having a nice experience exploring the city, these tours are great ways to meet locals and fellow travelers!
Some organizations have these cool free walking tours in multiple cities: Free Walking Tours by Locals, Free Tour, City Free Tour, Viva’s Tour, Sandeman’s New Europe Tours, Original Europe Tours, Can You Handle It? Tours, Generation Tours, Guru Walk.
We update this list once a year. Run or know a 100% free tour by locals in a major European city from our list? Let us know in the comments so we can add yours to it!