Press release   •   Jul 29, 2016 09:30 BST

Since the launch of Pokémon Go, the new augmented reality mobile game, it seems everyone is looking to ‘catch ‘em all’. As the types of Pokémon popping up depend on where you are, the game is not only a good excuse to get outside and explore your local area, but also see the world, become a Pokémon master and connect with new people.

Whether you’re willing to take a ‘Chansey’ and head halfway around the world, or you think that’s too ‘Farfetch’d’ and would rather stick closer to home, the experts at travel company Expedia.co.uk have brought together the top Pokémon Go destinations worldwide.

Sydney Opera House, Australia

An organised walk around Sydney to hunt down Pokémon recently attracted 5,000 trainers (players) but never fear; there are plenty of monsters left to catch. The Sydney Opera House area is rich with statues, monuments and sightseeing spots, which guarantees plenty of PokéStops. On top of this, the big beast Kangaskhan is currently only available to catch in Australia.

Top spots in the area are Circular Key, the Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Habour and Darling Quarter. Meanwhile, the Opera House itself is a Pokémon gym, where you can pit your best catches against the finest Australian trainers.

While you’re there, why not sign up for some surfing lessons at the world famous Bondi Beach, available for £54 per traveller via Expedia.co.uk?

Manhattan Bridge, New York, USA

From Manhattan Bridge you can get a great view of the famous New York City skyline whilst nabbing some Pokémon. Times Square is crammed full of PokéSpots and there’s also a Pokégym. Trainers have reported snagging Pokémon such as Pontya, Geodude and Jigglypuff in this spot alone – a haul not to be sneezed at. Brooklyn Bridge Park also features a lot of Pokémon-rich monuments and is a great place to swap tips with fellow trainers. You can even catch monsters on the J-Train crossing Williamsburg Bridge, which can be handy when your legs are tired.

Those with a head for heights should head to the top of The Empire State Building, where there have been multiple Pikachu sightings, the little rodent presumably attracted by the lightning rod atop the tower!

While you’re there, why not get a nine-day CityPass, which allows you to skip the ticket lines at six of New York’s most popular attractions, including the Met, Empire State and American Museum of Natural History? Available for £89 per adult via Expedia.co.uk.

Disneyland Paris, France

With so many people, landmarks and points of interest, it’s little wonder that theme parks have become hotspots for Pokémon Trainers, and Disneyland Paris is among the most popular. The Disney castle is also the location for a high-level PokéGym, where you can train up your Pokémon for tough battles. And if you venture out into the city, you may even run into the very rare Mr. Mime among the street performers.

While you’re there, why not head for lunch at the 58 Tour Eiffel and enjoy the views over Paris from its most iconic landmark? Available for £35 per adult via Expedia.co.uk

Westminster, London, UK

A little closer to home, if you walk towards the Houses of Parliament, you will be rewarded with water-loving Pokémon like Squirtle, Psyduck or Wartortle chilling by the river Thames.

With Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Soho in such close proximity, you’ll be tripping over Pokémon, and there have been plenty of ‘lure parties’ where players get together and use their items to bring monsters to local landmarks in the area. And rumour is, if you hang around Nelson's Column, you might even find a final-stage evolution Poliwrath among the pigeons.

While you’re there, why not stop for afternoon tea at the British Museum to help fuel your hunt? Available from £20 per traveller via Expedia.co.uk.

Santa Monica Pier, California, USA

A popular Californian spot to pick up Pokémon, Santa Monica Pier recently attracted a stampede of hundreds of trainers when word got out that a valuable blue Wartortle had popped up. The Santa Monica Pier also boasts a Level 7 gym, with tons of health bonuses available.

A much sought-after super-rare Dragonite has been reported lurking around a parking lot close to the amusement park, so bring plenty of supplies and be ready to spend time hunting it down.

While you’re there, why not take in a street art bike tour in nearby Venice Beach, available from £53 per adult via Expedia.co.uk?

Zuiderpark, Den Haag, The Netherlands

In Europe, Pokémon Go hasn’t been officially out long in the Netherlands, but with hotspots like Zuiderpark, they’ll be caught up in no time. The green space in Den Haag is one of the best places to play in the country, and is called Pikachu Park by locals. With Magmar and Dratini having been spotted in the local area and a recent news story saying that the local police even helped a group of young people in their search, it’s easy to see why everyone is heading here to play.

While you’re there, why not hop on a luxury coach for a day-long grand tour of The Hague, Amsterdam and Delft – three iconic Dutch cities, available for £55 per adult via Expedia.co.uk?

Navigli district, Milan, Italy

The Navigli area of Milan is named for the large number of canals, so it’s little surprise to find out that it’s one of the best areas to spot water Pokémon in the city. However, the buzzing stretch with its restaurants, bars and points of interest has also seen Growlithe show up during the day, and Psyduck and Gengar by night – the perfect excuse to spend a whole day indulging yourself with beautiful food and coffee and then walking it off hunting for beasts. Just keep a firm hold on your phone when by the water!

While you’re there, why not take on a historical tour of Milan, including ‘skip the line’ access to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, available for £57 per adult via Expedia.co.uk?

You can read more at https://www.expedia.co.uk/smt/5-amazing-pokemon-hotspots-not-to-be-missed

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