reinventing

city discovery

Awaken your curiosity. Explore. Play. Learn.

Fall in love with any city

see it like you’ve never seen it before

Secret City Trails is reinventing how we explore and enjoy cities. We do so through playful Discovery Walks in 50+ cities in Europe. Why? Because we believe in playfulness for awakening anyone’s curiosity. On our Walks, you serendipitously discover new places, notice little details in your surroundings – and learn about the city. You’ll gain a truly new perspective on city discovery.

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – Irish poet, W.B. Yeats

Our team

of incredible humans

Frans - Creative Director Secret City Trails

Frans

Creative Director

Lidwine - Director of Play

Lidwine

Director of City Explorers

Inge

Content Editor & Community Manager

meet our

local creators

Our passionate local creators introduce themselves and their discovery walks. For each experience sold our creators receive a share of the revenue. Are you interested to be part of our creator community?  Find out more here.

Hi Adventurers! My name is Paul and I originally hail from Scotland. I’ve lived in London for 7 years now and I’m always coming across new and exciting things in this glorious city! I design trails as well as escape rooms – so I am a very puzzley person! Play my City trail to discover hidden gems and beautiful secret gardens in the square mile. London – especially the financial district of the City, can be very busy, so unearthing a few calm areas is very exciting!

Paul

London

Hello there! My name is Julia, born and raised in Madrid. I am a traveller who loves to discover the uncrowded, hidden gems during my trips and I would love to show you those places in my city. Walking narrow streets, tasting the local Madrid, learning about the history and literature through the stories. If you go on my gamified walk ‘Walking through the letters of the Literary Quarter’ you will solve riddles that will make you just a little bit native!

Julia

Madrid

Hello beautiful travellers and locals! I am Miguel, the creator of one of your incredible options for an immersive gamified experience in Faro, the capital of Algarve, in the south of Portugal. I am a biologist and traveller that never goes to a city unless I get the chance to explore its hidden small streets, old buildings and get among its inhabitants and local culture, away from the most touristic routes. Although I am a northerner in this beautiful small country, I am lucky to live and work in the prettiest part of Faro for several years now and I got to know it very well. So, I want to share the best of it with you and hope you can see this town like I do – with passion!

Miguel

Faro

Salut! We are Deana and Pascal, both artists in love with all things to do with art in public space. We’re from Slovakia (Deana) and England (Pascal), working in music and visual art. Enjoy our discovery walk in Prague’s art district!

Pascal & Deana

Prague

We are Tomas and Zuzana. The former loves creating riddles and organizing quizzes, the latter is a former city blogger, a history buff and a researcher. We are a great team, and pride ourselves on rhymed riddles meaningfully intertwined with the history of the city, as well as contemporary Bratislava. Don’t miss our games and explore Bratislava through our eyes, visit our favourite places, hidden gems and learn cool facts and urban legends about the beauty on the Danube

Tomas and Zuzana

Bratislava

Hi, I’m Kate, a historian, keen traveller and puzzle enthusiast. I grew up just outside York and returned to the city to do my PhD a few years ago. I now work as a heritage freelancer in Edinburgh. Edinburgh and York are some of the most beautiful and historic cities in the UK and I can’t wait to share them with you. I hope you enjoy exploring York and Edinburgh on my trails.

Kate

York

Hola, I’m Suzie – a tour guide and the founder of “Tours in Valencia”. My passion is to help you enjoy the city I am so in love with. Let me introduce you to my favourite places, hidden gems and lots of cool facts and urban legends of Valencia. Great food, wine and coffee make me happy, so I am excited to share my culinary treasures with you! All you have to do is play this Secret City trail to unlock Valencia’s treasures!

Suzie

Valencia

Hey, I’m Greg, a playful learning fanatic and big city enthusiast. I love showing things from a different perspective to create AHA-moments in the players. That’s what I strive for here with my games, and I hope you’ll find them both fun and interesting! I lived in Belgium and Ireland, and am a big fan of Dan Brown whose books give me inspiration for my stories and riddles over and over again. Play my games and let the questions guide you! Enjoy my gamified route in Budapest
Greg

Budapest + online games

Hi there fellow adventurer, I’m Neil! I’m a playful London resident with a comprehensive knowledge of its neighbourhoods, cultures and quirks, and an enthusiasm for discovering and sharing the hidden gems beyond the guidebooks! You get to know a city in a completely different light when exploring on foot, and there’s no better way than seeing it through the eyes of a local! I’m so excited to introduce you to the vast urban playground of London, to tell you tales of its colourful history, show you the REAL hotspots, and most of all to put some fun into your visit! My South Bank game, Peckham walk, Surrey Quays route, Rotherhithe Riverside trail and Hampstead experience are ready and waiting for you!
Neil

London + online games

Hi, I’m Dieter from Düsseldorf, a former teacher of English and Biology and I enjoy travelling, sports and playing games. After playing a Secret City Trail during a holiday, I made my own in game in Dusseldorf
Dieter

Dusseldorf

Hi, we’re Callum and Philippa, travel bloggers from Jersey! We love riddles, puns and travelling, when we finished the Munich trail, we knew that St Helier’s history would be the perfect backdrop for a game! We know that the best way to discover a city is to be shown around by a local, let us show you our home with Historic St Helier: Statues, Sailors and Soldiers.
Callum & Philippa

St Helier (Jersey)

Hi there! We’re Dora and Adam, two Budapest enthusiasts, born & raised! We also love games, puzzles and any kind of brain-teasers, whether a cryptic ad in the metro or the latest season of Sherlock. When we first tried Secret City Trails in its birthplace, Amsterdam, we immediately knew we need one for our city as well. In recent years, Budapest has become home to many activities like escape rooms or board game cafés, and we hope that our Budapest’s Castle Hill trail will be a nice addition to this trend!
Dora & Adam

Budapest

My name is Andre, I’m a technologist and Lisbon-lover ever since I moved here in 2004. I have a weak spot for uncrowded viewpoints and rooftops of Lisbon to which I love to take friends. Be my friend and I’ll show you my favourite views. Play my rooftop riddle adventure! Or if you want a bigger adventure, play the long rooftop game and include going up the arch of Augusta. 

Andre

Lisbon

Hi! My name is Vincenzo and I live in Puglia with my wife Cindy 🙂 I have lived in many countries around the world (South America, Asia, US and Middle East). I love travelling and being curious so I have opened a tour operator in Puglia and Matera welcoming people who want to drive around the region with made-in-Italy cars. I have been crafting itineraries starting from the city of Bari and its old town. I warmly welcome you to visit Puglia and Matera, really cool and authentic destinations! Play my Bari city game or see the other side of beautiful Polignano!

Vincenzo

Bari

Originally from Belgium, I came as an expat to Amsterdam for work nearly a decade ago, and quickly decided to stick around. Have come to love the city and especially the newer – lesser travelled parts which hold many of the gems in architecture for which the Dutch are famous.

If you’re into riddles and some nice modern architecture contrasting historic area’s, try my Amsterdam adventure!

Nik

Amsterdam

As a lover of urban adventures, I’m excited to show you Sofia’s historic and modern sides. Play my first adventure here

Alex

Sofia

Ciao ciao! I am Jessica, art historian and writer, teacher and speaker about art and cultural history in general and Rome in particular. I love to show you some of the beautiful details in the historic center of Rome and will bring you along some of Rome’s hidden secrets in my trail through the eternal city

Jessica

Rome

Howdy y’all! We are Chris and Sina. Originally from the US (Chris) and a small town in Germany (Sina), Prenzlauer Berg has been our home since 2019. We love to solve riddles and explore cities in unconventional ways ourselves, so it was natural for us to want to create a trail in Berlin. Being so rich in history and full of activities, we couldn’t imagine a more fitting place for Secret City Trails. Get ready to discover some of the most popular things to do in Prenzlauer Berg and some of our favorite hidden spots. In our free time, we love checking out the culinary scene in Berlin, and can’t wait to share some of these recommendations with y’all too!

Chris & Sina

Berlin

Halo to all thrill seekers, my name is Chris and I am your guide through Edinburgh’s obscure streets. I have a Master of Arts and Master of Letters in Scottish History, my enthusiasm and passion for uncovering the secrets of Scottish cities has only increased over the years and I’m ready to share them with you. Dundee and Edinburgh are two of my favourite cities in the world and I want to show you why. I hope you have fun cracking my riddles!

Chris

Edinburgh

Hiya! We are Kieran and Kate from Liverpool. We are both locals (or ‘Scousers’) and we can’t wait to show you our beautiful city! We have created guides, maps and pub crawls locally and would love to share with you some of the hidden gems of Liverpool that we’ve found along the way. We have spent a lot of time travelling around some amazing cities in Europe, and are also lovers of games, challenges and puzzles – so Secret City Trails is the perfect crossover for us. We hope you enjoy!

Kate and Kieran

Liverpool

My name is Bernhard and I was born and raised in Salzburg. I have lived also for some years in Italy but my wife brought me back here. It is still one of the most vivible towns in Austria and I think because of it’s variety also one of the best towns to live in. I design trails, am a licensed guide to show you the city, as well as a traveler who loves to explore new things. Play my Secret City Trail to discover hidden gems and beautiful places in Salzburg.

Bernhard

Salzburg

Hi global adventurers and locals! My name is Yentl Snoek. As a born and raised citizen of The Hague I can tell you this city has so much to offer! Together with the most famous figurehead of The Hague I’m inviting you to discover the great hidden gems of the most beautiful city behind the dunes. Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, a nature lover, or a food connoisseur, The Hague is the city to immerse yourself in its boundless charm and create memories that will last a lifetime. The Hague, where history whispers secrets at every corner and mystery lurks in the shadows of its cobblestone streets. Embark on a clandestine journey through the heart of this enigmatic city, where hidden gems and untold tales await those daring enough to explore. So pack your bags, and let The Hague’s centre and one of its most charming districts enchanting allure sweep you off your feet!

Yentl

Den Haag

Sveiki! We are two friends, Zanda and Iveta. We’ve been avid travellers for years ourselves, and love to share this passion for adventure with fellow travellers. We both are Riga city guides and keep discovering hidden pearls here on a daily basis. So, when you are done with our gamified Riga routes, be sure, we’re working on new ones.

Zanda & Iveta

Riga

Zdravo, I’m Sarah and I run Montenegro Pulse, a destination guide to Montenegro. I use my viewpoint as a foreigner with local knowledge to help people get the best out of their stay here and I’m excited to help you experience this unique destination beyond the guidebooks. Play my Secret Trail in Kotor to discover hidden beauties and experience the best this gorgeous destination has to offer.
Sarah

Kotor (Montenegro)

Hola! My name is Monique, and I have been living in Alicante since 2006. I run a business called ‘Alicante Like a Local,’ where I help tourists find the best hotspots in this remarkable city! I’m taking you on this city trail to share the coolest city facts with you. From food, drinks, and ice creams; buildings, giant trees and the toughest yacht race around the world. Playing this game, you´ll see all the hidden gems and wonders that Alicante has to offer!

Monique

Alicante

My name is Inge, I am a Dutchie living in Milan. Not because I fell in love with an Italian, but with the city. Milan is often still seen as the city of fashion and design, but it has so much more to offer! I’d like you to discover this during my trail in Milan or play the trails in my favorite destinations for the weekend: Como and Bellagio.

Inge

Milan, Como and Bellagio (lake Como)

Hi! We are Inês (Portuguese) and Chris (Spanish). When we are not travelling and telling all about it in our travel blog, Randomtrip, we are exploring our base and favourite city in the world: Lisbon. We are in love with this city and you can now discover our favourite spots in Lisbon city center (Baixa and Alfama), in Belém and off-the-beaten-track places in our neighborhood with our Arroios trail. Prepare yourself for learning about Portuguese culture and history, to embrace new experiences in the best cultural hotspots in the city and watch an amazing sunset grabbing a beer in our favourite viewpoints.

Chris & Inês

Lisbon, RandomTrip

Welcome to Athens! I’m Elena, a Greek-American food and travel writer with a passion for exploring destinations and their culinary history. If you’re looking for a new and fun way to explore this great city, play my self-guided Athens famous monuments and secret treasures adventure or the Athens hidden gems and hipster hotspots trail. Your Greek adventure is about to begin!

Elena

Athens

I’m Nicole and I’m from Cyprus – as a friend once said, a pinch of sun in cloudy Copenhagen. But don’t listen to that, Copenhagen is always beautiful! I work with sustainability education, I love food and can get easily excited by green solutions. Follow my Secret Trail around Nørrebro – the hippiest and most hipster neighbourhood all at once – which I call home since 2015.

Nicole

Copenhagen

Hey, I am Kate! I’m an expat currently living in Malmö but lived in nearby Tallinn and Vilnius before. Travel and photography are my passions, and making people smile makes me happy. I want to share my experience, love and my favourite places with you! Play one of my games in the historic heart of Malmö, Tallinn or Vilnius

Katerina

Malmö, Tallinn and Vilnius

My name is Tatjana and I am the founder of Explore Serbia, an organisation that promotes adventure travel in Serbia and the Balkans. I am a curious person always looking for something new. I have been living in Belgrade for a while now! It is the city of atmosphere and burning history. Throughout my game, you will explore its downtown, learn fascinating facts and hear inspiring stories. Play, enjoy and have fun! 😊

Tatjana

Belgrade

I’m Margherita and urban nomad in love with travelling and adventuring. I also love sharing my insights, tips and tricks to discovering a city that I know well. I’m happy to introduce you to Venice, through some of its historic and more modern sites. Play my first game here!

Margherita

Venice

We live by the motto ‘work hard, play hard’. After a long day of work, there’s nothing better than a challenging and fun game! Join us to discover our favourite city: Delft.

Vera & Jasper

Delft

There’s nothing I love more than a good riddle—except maybe Madrid! My goal is to share this incredible city and its history, culture, and food with visitors, whether in person or through Secret City Trails. Take our Grand Tour of Madrid to discover it for yourself!

(Melissa also shared a few extra secrets of Madrid on our blog)

Melissa

Madrid

Hey there! I’m Amanda Backes, a world travel blogger and the world is my playground, as you can check out on Amanda Sem Fronteiras’ channels! Being a huge fan of our planet, I’d love to take you with me on this journey of discovery, sharing my recommendations and favourite spots in a fun and challenging way! Are you ready to become a playful explorer? Check out my games in Porto and have a great time!

Amanda

Porto

My name is Marc. I am a local tour guide by day in Venice. And by night I am a musician! Play my Venice adventures to see the city through my eyes and unlock some local legends. 

Marc

Venice

Hi! I’m Rodrigo, from Portugal. I love to read and write about everything! For me, discovery games are a fascinating way to tell the stories of a place and its people. Besides getting to know the top attractions and main history, you’ll notice even the interesting, little details that only a local person would know. If you’re a restless traveller and an extremely curious person like me, you’ll have lots of fun doing the Sintra secret trails.

Rodrigo

Sintra

My name is Marija. I am an expat who came to Ljubljana eight years ago. Want to know what kept me here for so long? Play my city adventure to find out!

Marija

Ljubljana

Hi! I’m Ľudmila, a Slovak girl who fell in love with Prague. I am a freelance photographer. I usually photograph tourists in Prague, and love showing them around. I’m a traveler myself – and when I’m abroad, I enjoy getting to know the real vibe of the city. These simple reasons are behind me joining the Secret City Trails – so hope you enjoy my self-guided game through Vršovice, Vinohrady & Žižkov!

Ludmilla

Prague

Hi there! I’m Jonah – a Londoner born and raised who loves my city, and wants to share some of the coolest local spots and the fascinating history behind so many of them! Don’t expect the info to be handed on a plate though… I hope you like a challenge while discovery more about Piccadilly circus and Whitehall!

Jonah

London

Hello there! My name is Jill and I love living in Brussels! I am originally from Flanders but I feel like a ‘Brusseleir’ after more than a decade in the capital of Europe. Check out my first game in the neighbourhood of Sainte-Catherine.

Jill

Brussels

Hello, I’m Suus! Have been living in Utrecht for 35 years but love to continue exploring ‘my city’. Wow what a beautiful places it has; Our famous Dom tower, the old town, the canals and all those cozy restaurants and shops. In my trail through Utrecht I’ve shared some of them. Have fun playing!

Suus

Utrecht

¡Hola! I am Renske, and on my first visit to Barcelona I absolutely fell in love with the city. Now, 15 years later I work here as a tour guide, and want travelers to feel the same butterflies as they explore the city. Barcelona has such a rich history and is full of hidden gems, waiting for you to be discovered. I invite you to stroll through one of the most authentic and vibrant neigbourhoods of the city with my trail through Barceloneta.

Renske

Barcelona

Hi, we are Svenja and Pekka! We love traveling and discovering new places. In the first year of our relationship, we had already visited nine different countries. Traveling got even more fun after we discovered Secret City Trails and we started seeing our own city with different eyes! We hope that you will have a good time in Tampere while playing our game!

Svenja and Pekka

Tampere

Hoi, I am Frans. I was born and raised in a small village close to Amsterdam. I studies physics in Amsterdam and ended up in Maastricht working for a medical device company. Around 2000 I decided to change my careerd and started an event agency TreaT, catering for business events in Maastricht. In 2013 I created CityGoose citygames in the Netherlands; self-guided city discovery games with a physical game. In 2022 we acquired Secret City Trails, which is like the next logical step to expand my discovery ambitions. I love board games, puzzles and good food and hope you enjoy the different discovery walks I made: Amsterdam, Maastricht and Rotterdam.

Frans

Creator of many trails

Servus! My name is Theo and the pretty girl on the left is my dog Bella. I was born and raised in Austria, I enjoy good puzzles – and I’ve always loved to show my friends from abroad. Why’s that, you ask? Well, because I think Austria is not only amazingly beautiful but also full of surprises! Being an avid traveller myself, I know that the best way to get to know the place beyond all the clichés is to find a local who will show you nice spots that you can’t find in guidebooks – including some nice places to enjoy the local cuisine and drinks. If that’s your kind of thing, play my Secret City Trail and discover Vienna off the beaten path

Theodora

Vienna

My name is Denise. I ended up in the north of the Netherlands from Brabant and I believe that Groningen is the center of the North. I love walking (preferably in the mountains), singing and swimming (in Groningen’s beautiful outdoor pool) and I enjoy working at a secondary school in the middle of Groningen. Nice that you are going to explore this beautiful city. Enjoy it!

Denise

Groningen

Hello! I’m Lotte, current Dubliner and alumni of Celtic Studies. As you can imagine, I’m very passionate about the history and culture of Ireland, so I’d love to take you on a journey through the streets of this old city and to share some of its amazing stories. Enjoy the cobblestones, the smell of barley wafting across the river, and all the beautiful buildings you can spot along the way!

Lotte

Dublin

Hello 🙂 I’m Nevin I was born and raised in Kilkenny. After many years of adventures I am now back living in this beautiful Medieval City. I am a professional magician, entertainer and also own and run a local guided tour business Shenanigans Walks which has been voted TripAdvisors Traveller Choice award as the best thing to do in all of Ireland 2021. Kilkenny has so many incredible sites and stories and my first tour of Kilkenny will unlock many of these secrets. Play my first game I hope you have as much fun as I did creating it. ENJOY!

Nevin

Kilkenny

Hi, Rachel here, Rae for short 😉 What better way to immerse yourself in a new city than to have a local show you around? When I discovered Secret City Trails I was thrilled to find other like-minded travellers and folks who wanted to share the BEST part of their cities with fellow wayfinders! I have been dreaming up these games in my head for some years now, so I’m very excited to show you around my beloved neighborhoods in the stunning city of Barcelona— a destination that SO many visit, but so few actually get to know. I hope you’ll enjoy my games in “Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella quarter”  as well as “Barcelona’s El  Born quarter” and if you want to grab a vermut afterwards, just let me know! Saludos, Rae

Rachel

Barcelona

Hello, I’m Katechka! An explorer who constantly discover new things. On my games, I’ll take you places you would never find on your own. Get lost and found in Prague with us and see the best views, explore the Jewish Quarter and unlock its untold stories or get to know more about the Malá Strana neighborhood. Alternatively if the weather isn’t great you could explore Prague’s passages

(Get to know some of Katechka’s local favourites in Prague on our blog)

Katechka

Prague

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Secret City Trails is acquired by CityGoose

Secret City Trails is acquired by CityGoose

Secret City Trails, the platform for self-guided, playful, city discovery experiences, is being acquired by the Netherlands-based, CityGoose. CityGoose is truly excited about continuing the great work of Secret City Trails, said Lidwine.Secret City Trails was founded...

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