Free Walking Tours: Sandeman’s New Europe

For those traveling on a budget, spending a lot of money on a tour for every city is not practical. Fortunately, many major capital cities have free walking tours.

While traveling through Europe, we typically attended tours lead by Sandeman’s New Europe.

Sandeman's new europe logo

A little info about the company:

  • Tours are offered in fourteen cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona (new!), Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Hamburg, London, Jerusalem, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Prague, and Tel Aviv
  • “Famous across Europe for pioneering the innovative Free Tour concept” (according to website)

Why these tours are great:

  • No reservations are required (even though they say you have to book a free ticket online, you can show up without one)
  • Tours run year-round, rain or shine
  • Every tour is available in English
  • Tips-only basis – if you’re broke, at least give SOMETHING for their service!

Frequently paraphrased prior to each tour, the concept goes: “We believe that if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveler. Value for money goes a long way, and satisfied customers tip what they think the tour was worth!” Since these tours are tips-only, you can expect a quality tour from your guide. We went on the walking tours in Berlin, Edinburgh, Dublin, Hamburg, London, and Prague. I thought all of the tour guides were friendly, entertaining, extremely knowledgeable, and passionate about their (adopted) city, bringing their own personality into the tour, and always engaging the audience.

I didn’t take photos of our tour groups, but I found one on the website…. :)

Edinburgh, May 2012. Can you find me? :P

Walking tours are a fantastic introduction to a new city, a way to get a broad overview of the history and gather your bearings. If you are going to any of the cities mentioned above, I would definitely recommend taking a tour with Sandeman’s New Europe!

Jennifer

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