Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

Streetwise Maps

Streetwise Maps show you the very best cities have to offer. Knowing about the top sights, the best bar streets, the trendiest shopping areas, or the most beautiful parks, makes sure you can make the right choice at the right moment. Just like in your hometown.

The Streetwise Maps are different by offering unique layers, like a layer with the nicest shopping areas or the best bar streets. Combining those layers will provide a deeper understanding of the city. See if there are any nice green spaces around a shopping area, or check if the bar you wanted to visit is located in an unsafe part of the city.

If you want to learn more about the things you see on the Streetwise Map, don't forget to click on anything. By clicking items on the map, important details will show up.

Find the Map in the Travel Guide of your choice.


Find unique information on our Streetwise Maps. Trendy shopping areas, the nicest bar streets or dangerous parts of cities. Information that used to be known by locals only, but Streetwise makes it available for you.


Our information comes from local experts who are able to share their knowledge independently. All they want is showing you the best their cities have to offer.


By focusing on the most important information, our maps make you streetwise in no time. When you are streetwise, there is no need to follow strict travel plans, as you'll be able to move around a city like it's your hometown.

Streetwise Stories

In Streetwise Stories you're able to get in touch with the wonderful cities of our guide. The stories accompany the Streetwise Maps by offering a deeper look into the character of the city and its people.

The striking Imperial interior of the Winter Palace.
  • 6 October 2019

A guide to the Hermitage

A real maze in St. Petersburg filled with a collection of art that could only be surpassed by the Louvre in Paris. The Hermitage is overwhelming, one room even more beautiful than the one before, and there seems to be no end. It will take years to see the entire collection (no joke), so for visiting the Hermitage, you certainly need a plan!

How to visit this magnificent museum with maximum comfort? Continue reading and find out its secrets and life hacks! Read more

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Spectacular view from the dome of the St. Peter's Basilica on the central square of Vatican City.
  • 22 September 2019

The highlights of the St. Peter's Cathedral

As the heart of the Vatican and the entire Catholic world, the St. Peter's Basilica is one of the main attractions in Rome. Here you can view ancient Rome from the dome, get blown away by the gorgeous interior, attend masses and even receive a blessing from the pontiff. Some of the most outstanding masters of Italy had their hands in creating this wonder, which is saturated with history and legends... Read more

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People sitting on the terrace of café Les Deux Magots in Paris
  • 8 September 2019

Bohemian Paris

Early 20th century Paris had developed into a European hub for intellectuals, with its cosy cafés being the usual place to meet and share ideas. Life raged in those cafés. For days on end, it was where some of the greatest artists and writers kept coming back to discuss their future works – at times they nearly seemed to be living there!

We will cover seven of such places here, tell their stories, mention famous visitors and – of course – reveal what delicious food awaits you behind their doors... Read more

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El Pont del Bisbe in Barcelona
  • 26 August 2019

The great Gothic Quarter of Barcelona

Barcelona can be hot and steamy in summer, pushing many towards its unique beachline. But even on a hot day, some parts of the city remain excellent for exploring.

The alleys that lead you through the magnificent Gothic Quarter, have long been known as one of the coolest places of Barcelona. Its medieval buildings make up a maze that offers not only shade but also plenty of treasures and secrets. Do you know what the narrow streets of El Gòtic hide? Read more

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Au Marche de la Butte in Paris
  • 4 August 2019

Paris as an adorable film

Paris, such an attractive and wonderful city, with its small streets and the smell of fresh pastry in the morning. The city of the Eiffel Tower and, albeit victim of a fire, the majestic Notre-Dame. Ever since ancient times, the city has been an inspiration for many great minds, like writers, artists, poets and architects. Hemingway called Paris a “moveable feast”, something that stays with you wherever you go, in the form of a magnificent memory. With the advances in technology of nowadays, Paris can be really taken with you – on your phone or tablet – or you can plunge into the atmosphere of this magical city again and again, thanks to some great films created by the masters of cinema...Read more

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The Pink Serpent egg by Fabergé.
  • 21 July 2019

The hunt for Fabergé

As objects of extreme desire, Fabergé eggs have literally been hunted for. Originally the wealthiest families desperately wanted to own such a piece of luxury. Then the Soviets came into power, meaning the end of the House of Fabergé. But the hunts continued, most tellingly in movies like James Bond's Octopussy or Ocean's Twelve. And also you can hunt for the famous Fabergé eggs, as there are still some missing...

So don't think twice when you encounter a beautiful jeweled egg somewhere far away on a flea market – but beware of Fauxbergé! Read more

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A sign on one of the houses on Piazza Navona in Rome, mentioning the old name of the stadium.
  • 7 July 2019

Treasures of Piazza Navona

The Roman Empire has brought an unparalleled development all across Europe, and later also to the rest of the world. It will not come as a surprise that Rome is still the city with the largest number of architectural monuments in the world. At nearly every step we take in the Italian capital, we can encounter a work of art. One of the places for which this certainly holds is Piazza Navona, a square that belongs to the most beautiful of the city... Read more

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The futuristic interior of Mayakovskaya metro station in Moscow, opened in 1938.
  • 23 June 2019

When Soviets build a metro

The Moscow Metro is one of the busiest metro systems in the world, carrying over 8 million people daily. It owes its existence to the Soviet government, which, by the middle of the 1920s, was determined to solve the problem of traffic jams in Moscow.

It was calculated in those days, that in order to cope with the entire flow of passengers, a new tram needed to pass every 12 seconds in summer, and every 20 seconds in winter. Of course, there was simply no such number of trams available in the city. And besides that, it would have required an efficiency and speed which cannot even be met with the technology we have today. The Soviets realized that they needed an alternative plan to deal with these massive amounts of passengers...Read more

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The Oude Haven with the White House in Rotterdam at dusk
  • 9 June 2019

Fall in love with Rotterdam in 2 hours

The Netherlands has plenty of cities with beautiful historical architecture, most notably Amsterdam or Utrecht. Cities with a historical core, made up of lovely canals and historical Dutch houses. Those are the sights easy to fall in love with.

But there's another star on the horizon, a star that has been rising since the devastating bombing of WWII. Once also this city from 1340 had a typical Dutch historical core. But history had different plans with Rotterdam, which centre needed to be rebuilt after the war, paving the way for new projects and innovative architecture...Read more

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Thermal bath of 40 degrees Celsius inside Gellert Baths in Budapest
  • 26 May 2019

Budapest Baths: what to bring and which bath to pick?

Budapest is a city of thermal springs, and its baths are famous all over Europe. The Celts and Romans, who lived here in ancient times, actively used them to maintain health.

The amazing thing about the thermal baths in Budapest, is that they are located all around the city centre, some in the most beautiful bathing houses! With all those nice baths, which one should you choose? And what should you bring to a bath...Read more

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Chandelier of Quartiere Coppede in Rome
  • 27 April 2019

Quartiere Coppedè: a unique touch of Art Nouveau in Rome

From an early age, most of us are taught that Rome is above all the mighty ruins of any ancient city, with its incredible Colosseum and the Forums. That it is the city of the Pope and the Cathedral of St. Peter, the home of masterpieces of the great Michelangelo, Bernini, Caravaggio and Raphael. But don't get blinded only by the most prominent treasures, as Rome is fraught with many more gems.

The area of Quartiere Coppedè can rightly be considered as one of those wonders... Read more

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The facade of Casa Batllo in Barcelona
  • 31 March 2019

What is Catalan Modernism? The fairytale of Barcelona.

How sophisticated does the phrase 'Catalan Modernism' sound? So flowery and attractive. This exuberant style in painting, architecture, applied art and literature emerged in the vivid and colorful Catalonia of the late 19th century, and turned out to be a perfect fit.

But what if you don’t know about the history of architecture or art, how can you get the most of it on your visit to Barcelona...Read more

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Trabant by Birgit Kinder in the East Side Gallery of Berlin
  • 17 March 2019

Traveling back to East and West Berlin: what to visit?

The Berlin Wall memorial is installed on the site where most people attempted to illegally cross the Berlin Wall. Visiting the memorial reminds of the times of a highly divided Berlin. Let's go back to what happened... Read more

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The Saint Isaac's Cathedral in the evening
  • 8 March 2019

The majestic city on the Neva in a 3-hour walking tour

For those visiting this majestic city for the first time, and who have only little time to explore it, we want to share a small route that will help you getting acquainted with the most colorful, gorgeous and unforgettable places in the heart of the city. Get Streetwise in Saint Petersburg and follow Olga's unique walking tour that introduces you to this great city... Read more

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The Saint Patrick's Cathedral seen from Saint Patrick's Park in Dublin
  • 5 March 2019

Explore the Medieval Dublin in a 2-hour walk

When we talk about the Middle Ages, we most likely imagine fortresses, stone walls, huge castles and all this surrounded by a mystical and gloomy atmosphere. Perhaps Dublin was once like that, but, like most European cities, it has changed. The good news is that Dublin remained low-rise, and that the Medieval traces can still be seen. Some can be hard to find, but we will take you by the hand in a walk around Medieval Dublin... Read more

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Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad
  • 27 January 2019

75th anniversary of the Blockade of Leningrad breakthrough

January 27 marks a big day in St Petersburg, the former Leningrad. It has exactly been 75 years since the complete breakthrough of the Blockade. A day on which its people could finally see the light again, after three years of hell... Read more

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