There's no better way to explore a new city than by walking around the streets and taking in the local culture.
As more travellers are yearning for an authentic experience, walking tours shining the spotlight on local art and culture have never been more popular.
Here are five of the best walking tours around the world that you must squeeze in on your next trip.
Dunedin street art walking tour
Not many people know that Dunedin is a southern hemisphere hub for local and international street art. Join the two-hour walking tour to discover countless creations plastered across the city’s walls, such as Witching Hour (58 Vogel Street) or Riding Dreams (365 Princes Street).
Witching Hour was created by local artist, Maggie Covell and represents the struggle between good and evil. Riding Dreams - surrealist piece by Italy’s Pixel Pancho - examines the issues we face in the technological world.
Sydney culture scouts
Indulge in Sydney's best art galleries, neighbourhoods, studios, cafes, shops and bars on this tour, which has won a TripAdvisor award for excellence.
Culture Scouts can take travellers to see the grungy neighbourhoods of Enmore and Newtown, famous for its craft beer and street art. For those wanting a culinary experience, there are opportunities to see Ultimo and Chinatown’s hidden restaurants or cafes. You can join the group or book private tours all run by Sydney locals.
London's east end graffiti and street art tour
London’s East End is one of the most vibrant and exciting areas in town, but to gain a proper appreciation for it you need to be shown around by a local. The gives travellers the chance to discover the art, history and outrageous stories of the area.
These tours cover Street Art, Whitechapel, Liverpool Street, The Old Jewish Quarter, Shoreditch and Brick Lane. You are warned you will see things from shocking, weird to beautiful, but you will leave with a deeper understanding of London street culture and how it came to be. Some tours even offer a graffiti workshop where expert artists guide help you create your own masterpiece.
Alternative Berlin tours
Still haunted by the memories of the Berlin wall, the city of Berlin has transformed into a thriving modern city with a street culture like no other. Alternative Berlin Tours will make you feel like you are a local in what is a UNESCO 'City of design'.
Tour guides provide travellers with a first-hand experience of the cities subcultures and its counter culture history, understanding street art, punks or the rise and fall of the Baader-Meinhof gang. For those feeling adventurous, there are tours that offer the chance to try your hand at graffiting, sampling several different craft beers or checking out the club scene.
Free tours by foot, Chicago
Free Tours By Foot’s goal is to offer tours that will provide travellers with an authentic experience while remaining budget-friendly. These tours are accessible to anyone as travellers pay for what they like.
They offer tours through unique neighborhoods scattered with a history that is hidden to most tourists and the guides even know tales of Chicago gangsters or ghosts that haunt abandoned buildings. These tours are also a great way to take on downtown Chicago’s multicultural culinary delights and street art.
For more information on all of these tours and to book, see Urban Adventures.