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Live Like a Local with Mercure


Mercure has launched a new curated list of authentic experiences for its guests to discover in Europe’s top cities in collaboration with Alpaca Maps.

Travellers can access the easy to use online itineraries of the must-see Discover Local spots, including fascinating heritage sites, art venues, culinary delicacies and more. After a busy day of exploring the city’s best kept secrets and attractions, guests can return to a nearby Mercure hotel for a comfortable night’s sleep, all of which are highlighted within the maps. Acting as a perfect collection of destinations for discovery on your doorstep, new adventures and explorations await in Europe with Mercure.

A selection of what to expect is included in a round-up below with visitors guaranteed a unique insight in to how to live like a local in every city.

Edinburgh, Scotland

The historic capital of Scotland is famous for its stunning buildings and unique charm. Local favorites include the impressive Thistle Chapel, with beautiful detailing throughout, and The Chocolatarium, a micro chocolate factory full of sweet treats.

Where to stay: Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel. Edinburgh Map: Discover Local in Edinburgh.

Kraków, Poland

The vibrant city of Kraków has much to offer any traveller, from places of historical significance to an abundance of restaurants and bars. Residents recommend soaking up the atmosphere in the main medieval market square of Rynek Główny and taking advantage of the many restaurants and shops nearby.

Where to stay: Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto. Kraków Map: Discover Local in Kraków.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Buzzing with exciting local opportunities to seize, Amsterdam is the city to be in for incredible food and unique experiences. From small hidden gems such as Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, a museum in a 17th century canal house, to Amsterdam’s most famous park, the Vondelpark, there is something for everyone.

Where to stay: Mercure Hotel Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station. Amsterdam Map: Discover Local in Amsterdam.

Berlin, Germany

Home to spectacular city views and funky venues for sitting and sipping, Berlin is the perfect destination for relaxation and adventure. For art enthusiasts, locals recommend checking out modern art at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, the unique open-air East Side Gallery on a stretch of the Berlin Wall and seeing just why Berlin is known as the graffiti capital of Europe at Urban Nation Museum.

Where to stay: Mercure Hotel Berlin Wittenbergplatz. Berlin Map: Discover Local in Berlin.

London, England

Even one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations has its secret spots. The peaceful Kyoto Garden in Holland Park is a welcome escape from bustling London, home to waterfalls and ponds teeming with wildlife. Lesser-known stunning views across the River Thames await at the Southbank Centre’s equally peaceful rooftop garden.

Where to stay: Mercure London Hyde Park Hotel. London Map: Discover Local in London.

Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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