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5 of Europe's most environmentally-friendly cities

06 March 2020 08:30

Enjoy the best of Europe's green getaways

Enjoy the best of Europe's green getaways

Environmentally conscious travellers, worry no more. We've compiled a list of our favourite eco-friendly cities...

1. Lisbon, Portugal

The European Commission's Green Capital 2020 was a natural choice. Electric vehicles are a common site in the Portuguese city with one of the largest charging point networks in the world. Locals tend to travel more sociably however, as over 93% of Lisboans live within 300 metres of a frequent public transport service. Tourists can get around with help of an electric bike sharing scheme and rest their head in one of the many eco hotels available.

2. Hamburg, Germany

A short ride from Hamburg Airport's on the S-bahn train (which is powered entirely from renewable energy) gets you to 2011's European Green Capital. Regular car-free Sundays ban petrol and diesel guzzling vehicles to make way for free public transport, including the city's bike sharing scheme. Huge public parks, a network of winding canals and nearby beaches are easily accessible for those looking to escape the usual urban scenery.

3. Vienna, Austria

When recent research measured Europe's capital cities' green credentials, the Austrian city came out on top of them all. The capital was judged to have the highest water and air quality out of 25 cities and it's no surprise thanks to a scenic location beside the Alps. Fresh spring water is said to flow from the mountain range to locals' taps in just 36 hours.

4. Malmö, Sweden

Sweden's third largest city is the jewel in the nation's eco-friendly crown, home to one of the world's largest windfarms, a robust cycle network and acres of parks and green spaces. A development in the city's western harbour relies on 100% renewable energy. Solar power, wind power and clever water harvesting make clean living a reality for 10,000 Malmö locals.

5. Copenhagen, Denmark

The 2013 European Green Capital continues to lead the way in eco-friendly urban living. The city's Cycle Super Highways clock up 894,000 miles every day from pedal pushing Copenhageners and the outdoor lifestyle plays a big part in locals' leisure time too. Open-air swimming at the pristine harbour pools are open all year and the world's first carbon-neutral theme park provides a guilt-free white knuckle ride.

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