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Virtual walking tours are live, camera-led experience in destinations all over the globe. Once used as an alternative to in-person travel in 2020, virtual walking tours are now popular trip planning tools for those seeking itinerary planning insights, historical context, things to do, and a glimpse of what life is like on the ground in destinations they plan to visit. Context runs virtual walking tours with compelling experts all around the world every day. Here are 5 reasons to take a virtual walking tour before your next big trip:
Here are top virtual walking tours from Context to inspire, influence and provide cultural insight for your next big trip.
Taking a virtual walking tour of Rome is the best way to get the historical context behind some of the most famous sites in Rome. Touring the Ancient Forum from home, with a historian, before you see it in person helps you get that much more out of the experience.
Highlights: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, Campo de' Fiori, Baths of Nero
Ancient Rome has a complex history, making it hard to find a place to start. This virtual walking tour gives us an increased understanding of Rome's narrative that is ever-changing.
Highlights: The Capitoline Hill, the Roman Forum, and the Imperial Fora
Learn about how Ancient Rome influenced Florence through this virtual walking tour, and see how the city transformed in the late 19th century when it became the first, proud capital of the newly unified Italy.
Highlights: Renaissance 'palazzi', Duomo, Brunelleschi’s majestic dome
This virtual walking tour takes us through the medieval streets of Scotland's capital, Edinburgh. Starting at Royal Mile, we stroll through the Old Town while discussing what Scottish life was like in the early modern time in Edinburgh.
Highlights: Old Town, Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle
This virtual walking tour starts outside the Rembrandt House Museum, walking along the waterways, bridges, and streets while concluding at the Rijksmuseum.
Highlights: Rembrandt House Museum, Hermitage Museum, the Skinny Bridge, Herengracht (Gentlemen’s canal), Spiegelstraat
Put Split in context with this virtual walking tour, which will serve as an introduction to the city with a focus on the splendid Diocletian’s Palace. We'll also cover a number of beautiful and complex substructures, Roman Temples, and an impressive medieval settlement within its walls.
Highlights: Diocletian's Palace - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Roman Temples
Unstated yet understood, we'll put the Prague Jewish Quarter into context with Czech historian Michal Stanislav. With this virtual walking tour, you'll get to visit one of the best-preserved Jewish towns in all of Europe and the iconic Charles Bridge in Prague.
Highlights: Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, medieval Jewish cemetery, Charles Bridge
Join local historian Vadim Malinovsky live from the streets of Saint Petersburg as we visit sites such as the Winter Palace and the State Hermitage. The video-camera-led live virtual tour will take us through some of Saint Petersburg’s most iconic landmarks.
Highlights: Palace Square, State Hermitage Museum, Winter Palace
On this virtual walking tour broadcasted live from central Berlin, we begin with the renowned Brandenburg Gate, visit the city's most famous sights, and conclude our tour up at Checkpoint Charlie.
Highlights: Brandenburg Gate, German House of Parliament (the Reichstag), Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin Wall and its most famous gate, Checkpoint Charlie.
This immersive Paris virtual walking tour brings you to a lesser-known side of Paris, discovering historical churches, institutions of higher learning, classic architecture and animated streets plazas, while tracing the evolution of Paris's Latin Quarter as a center of beauty and truth.
Highlights: Latin Quarter, The always bustling rue Mouffetard, Jardin des Plantes