Experts of the world’s largest website for travelers Trip Advisor ranked the 25 cities that most highly appreciated by tourists from all over the world. And the city that ranked first surprised even the authors of the list. If you still don’t have any vacation plans then in this article may be found a few great ideas.
You’ll never guess what capital city has won first place !!
25. San Francisco, USA
The City by the Bay is full of adventures and attractions. You can go to Alcatraz by ferry, try Little Italy cuisine or explore the surrounding hills. The ethnic and cultural composition of San Francisco’s population is one of the most diverse in the United States. Don’t forget to have breakfast at Mama’s, before heading to the Golden Gate Bridge or Coit Tower.
24. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is much greener and quieter than other cities in Thailand. This fantastic place is called the “Rose of the North” and combines all the unique features of Thai, including the famous temples.
23. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon characterized by a combination of medieval and Moorish architecture. The city is under the care of St. George, it is a huge castle. Even the trams in Lisbon can be called historical heritage.
22. Sydney, Australia
Sydney city is famous for its Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and magnificent beaches. Residential areas surrounded by national parks. The coastline is very indented and replete with numerous bays, coves, and islands.
21. Budapest, Hungary
Surrounded by the Danube, the Buda Hills on the west and the Great Plains in the east, Budapest simply immersed in stunning landscapes. The neoclassical architecture of the city is still great, although it bears the scars of World War II.
20. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok manages to combine the mysterious beauty of the Buddhist temples and crazy nightlife. Also, it is a relatively cheap place to travel.
19. Cape Town, South Africa
This city surrounded by miles of ocean, pristine beaches, and a magnificent mountain range. Cape Town is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Africa with colonial roots that are still evident in its architecture.
18. Chicago, USA
Chicago is a stronghold of the American Midwest, the birthplace of the blues, and a hotbed of jazz culture. Modern Chicago is considered the home of the best sitcoms in the United States.
17. Dubai, UAE
If you are not interested in historical sights and want to see a futuristic metropolis, then Dubai is a perfect place for you. This famous city is known for Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, as well as the amazing artificial islands and the best beaches.
16. St. Petersburg, Russia
Travelers all over the world find Petersburg the most European of all Russian cities because of its neoclassical architecture, numerous art galleries, and underground clubs.
15. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is well known for its fantastic art and architecture. Most of the city as a century ago is made up of narrow streets and ancient buildings, and on the shore, you will find luxurious and modern apartments and hotels.
14. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is called the Paris of South America because of the rich European heritage and stunning architecture of the city. Nevertheless, Buenos Aires retains its Latin American passion, cozy sidewalk cafes, and beautiful shady parks.
13. Florence, Italy
Florence is a city that seems to be frozen in the past. Here you will find many of the best Italian museums, cathedrals, galleries, squares, and shops. We recommend starting to explore this beautiful city by visiting the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza Della Signoria.
12. New York, USA
New York can be called a center of modern Western culture. Here you can bike ride through Central Park, explore the skyscrapers in the center and eat a pizza in one of the legendary cafés.
11. Berlin, Germany
As well as London and Paris, Berlin is the center of the unique centuries-old culture, art, and architecture. It is a kind of time capsule, enclosing fragments of historical periods from the Middle Ages to the present day, from the Brandenburg Gate to the Berlin Wall.
10. Shanghai, China
Shanghai is a city that just begs for wandering. You can visit here the Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple and Dongtai Road market to have a very unusual experience.
9. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Although Siem Reap is a relatively new settlement, it located not far from Angkor Wat – a city of temples and the greatest religious monument in the world. And if Angkor Wat offers you discoveries and adventures, the Siem Reap will provide rest and tranquility.
8. Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi is a charming blend of East and West, combining traditional Vietnamese culture with French colonial flair. Fortunately, decades of war did not affect the city, and now it even brighter and more active than it has ever been. While in Hanoi, don’t forget to visit the Old Quarter, one of the greatest markets in the world, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, and numerous theaters.
7. Paris, France
It ‘s hard to overestimate all the cultural riches at the disposal of Paris. It is worth a visit, and not only the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, but also the well-known restaurants such as Le Fumoir.
6. Marrakech, Morocco
This city thoroughly imbued with spices, which for centuries have traded in Marrakech. Humming markets and colorful bazaars of Marrakech are the perfect places for those who want to feel the spirit of traditional Moroccan life.
5. Prague, Czech Republic
In medieval Europe, Prague was one of the leading political, cultural and economic centers. Today, the city is experiencing a renaissance. If you visit the Dancing House and the historic Prague Castle, you can see how the city has found the perfect balance between the old and the new.
4. Beijing, China
Beijing is one of the oldest settlements in the world. It preserves the most important monuments of China, including Great Wall of China and the famous Forbidden City.
3. London, UK
The former capital of the largest empire, now London is a boiling pot of various cultures. Here you can find food, arts, and entertainment from all corners of the world, as well as beautiful examples of classic English architecture.
2. Rome, Italy
Rome became often called Eternal in the ancient world. The concept of “eternity” of Rome is largely preserved after the fall of the Roman civilization, bringing the appropriate epithet in the modern languages.
1. Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is a dynamic city combining European and Asian beginning, as well as Islam and Christianity. Istanbul is famous for its delicious food, Turkish coffee, markets and ancient architecture.