Not all cities are the same. Sad, but true. There are cities that are just depressing, and you just want to get out of there as quickly as possible because they are: unattractive, loud, crowded, and murky. But there are also others where either history or the town planners have done a great job.
So, here are the 10 greatest, because most beautiful cities in the world – of course, deeply subjective
You should definitely visit all these cities once if you have actually never done so. A weekend is often enough, especially for travel destinations in Europe. Therefore: buy a ticket and go!
1. New York City
Of course, New York City – the secret capital of the United States of America. And probably also the most legendary and sought-after city in the world. Unfortunately, we can feel it in the rental (and hotel) prices as well. As a result, you either have real ashes in order to live decently, or you have to be satisfied with really little. But apart from that, New York City is, of course, crazy – especially because countless corners of the city have been seen in countless series and films. When you’re actually there live, you get goosebumps on a regular basis. The Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the MoMa, Central Park, and the Flat Iron Building – amazing! Apart from that, however, it is the grandiose cultural offerings, the small corners, and the simple life that makes NYC so great. And sitting on the subway with one of the countless New York songs and looking out the window always knocks you off your feet.
Of course, Paris also belongs in every list of the most beautiful cities in the world – anything else would be the purest affront. Every few meters, there is an impressive building steeped in history, and a new sight awaits around every corner. You also think you already know the French capital from the many Paris films, but of course, that’s not true. The beauty of the imposing architecture, the history that can be discovered everywhere, is pure magic. And there’s no one who isn’t impressed when they first wade through the massive Louvre. Oh yes: And the Jewish quarter has the best falafel in the world.
Vienna is not quite as huge as Paris, but just as impressive in the center of the city. And the nice thing is: Vienna is much more relaxed. The Viennese are much less impressed by any hustle and bustle, and that is extremely pleasant. The great coffee houses, the theatres, the Prater: Vienna is always (!) worth a trip – even if it’s just for a day or two. And if you stay a little longer, you should definitely go to the outdoor areas, because it gets very green very quickly. Oh, and the best view of the city is from the Kahlenberg. Be sure to check it out.
4. Hong Kong
In recent years, the political situation in Hong Kong has been, shall we say, tense. The conflicts with China have not been bloodless, and one should think carefully about whether to travel east, given the current political situation and China’s close friendship with Russia. But apart from that, Hong Kong is an immensely fascinating and vibrant city that can safely be called the NYC of the East. Much freer and more Western than the rest of China, Hong Kong has developed a great cultural and gastronomic infrastructure that is incredibly exciting and exciting. And the food there – simply heavenly!
A city that you might not necessarily expect to find in a list of the most beautiful cities in Antwerp, Belgium. With its approximately 500,000 inhabitants, it seems almost tranquil in comparison – and therefore forms a nice antithesis to such cosmopolitan cities like Paris or New York City. Antwerp has beautiful architecture; there are hip bars and cafés that you can discover while strolling through the small streets. Antwerp is a city that you don’t know about but has a lot of charm.
Italy is a country that has produced some beautiful cities such as the legendary Rome or Florence. But of course also: Venice. The many bridges, the narrow streets, and the water that surrounds you on all sides – Venice is simply very special. Unfortunately, that’s the only reason why: Insanely full. Therefore: Never (!) go to Venice in summer. The crowds that you find there are really the plague. Rather choose an unpopular month like November. It’s still not empty, but it’s much more pleasant – and with a bit of luck, the sun will still show up. And when you are there: Be sure to take the boat to beautiful Chioggia. It only takes a few minutes, but it is scenically beautiful.
When you think of Japan, the first thing that comes to mind is Tokyo – which is also due to the fact that many people don’t know any other Japanese city apart from Tokyo. And that’s a shame because just as impressive, albeit different, is Kyoto. The city has 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 1600 Buddhist temples, and 400 Shinto shrines – this alone makes Kyoto one of the most culturally valuable cities in the world. The gates of Inari-Taisha Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and Daihikaku Senkoji Temple – are all things that you should see once in a lifetime.
8. Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world – that is undisputed. The approach alone takes your breath away because, located directly on the sea, incredibly green, and interspersed with various small hills, Rio definitely deserves the crown from the air – what a sight! But Rio also has a lot to offer in other respects. The famous city beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, to be honest, are not to be missed. Unfortunately, it’s much too crowded, and you can’t swim there either (but you certainly want to have seen them anyway). But the ascent to the Sugar Loaf, the colorful stairs Escadaria Selaron, or the Parque Lage is part of every visit to Rio. And if you travel with a bit of common sense, you don’t have to worry too much about thieves either.
Canada is a huge country but is always overshadowed by the USA. And on the one hand, that’s unfair and unjust because Canada has so much to offer, but on the other hand, it’s also incredibly great because Canada just doesn’t get that much of a focus. For example, one of the most beautiful corners of the country is the province of British Columbia. There are beautiful places like Victoria, which seems almost a bit sleepy, but the highlight is, of course, Vancouver. Multicultural, much warmer than the rest of Canada, with an abundance of nature and, of course, owned by beautiful Stanley Park. It is not for nothing that Vancouver regularly appears at the top of rankings of the most livable cities in the world.
And finally, Europe again, this time: Northern Europe. And the Danish capital Copenhagen in particular, knows how to inspire. Although it is no longer considered an insider tip, it is far less frequented than European cities such as London, Barcelona, Lisbon, and whatever they are called. Danish design is legendary anyway, the architecture is extremely modern, and you can also eat well in Copenhagen. And because the way to the water is not particularly far anywhere in Copenhagen, the city is always worth a visit.