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The 21 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

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We don’t declare to have been to each lovely metropolis on the planet however have executed our justifiable share of touring throughout 75 nations and 6 continents. Out of all of the cities we now have traveled, listed here are absolutely the most superb we now have seen.

We haven’t been to all the world’s most lovely cities, however we’ve racked up a powerful listing. Likelihood is you’ll fall in love with any one of many cities on this record in case you haven’t already.

The Most Lovely Cities within the World

Innsbruck, Austria

There aren’t many cities in Europe fairly like Innsbruck. It’s coined itself the title “Capital of Alps” and straightforward to know why when you set foot within the metropolis. Flanked by the spectacular Nordkette mountain vary that towers over the town nature by no means feels distant.

It’s the one metropolis the place you’ll be able to ski, discover a grand palace, window store, and savor a strudel all in someday. There are many issues to do in Innsbruck with the Austrian Alps and a metropolis wealthy in historical past. In some ways, it’s every little thing we love about Austria all packed into a contemporary metropolis and historic metropolis.

We love the truth that you might be in a phenomenal medieval previous city after which inside minutes locations you within the coronary heart of the Alps with cowbells ringing and recent Alpine air. Innsbruck has a little bit of city sprawl happening and it could actually look slightly dreary within the winter, however don’t let distract you from the beautiful “Altstadt.”

Cusco, Peru

Cusco is likely one of the most fascinating cities in South America and it’s due to its distinctive taste. The Peruvian metropolis is the longest inhabited metropolis within the Americas and colonial buildings conflict with previous Incan structure. In lots of instances, these colonial buildings sit on the foundations of the previous Incan empire.

Cusco is each touristy and genuine. You’ll discover a lady in conventional gown on her strategy to the market whereas one other three try and ply you away to take a photograph with them and their lovable pet llama for a number of soles. Mass tourism has but to damage the vibe, but you’ll be able to simply discover good meals and an honest cappuccino. All of this takes place within the coronary heart of the Andes and the gateway to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Virtually each traveler to Peru makes their strategy to the town and for good purpose, there are such a lot of nice issues to do in Cusco. After a number of days of exploring the town in June, we completely fell in love and hope to make it again sometime.

Things to do in Cusco - Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

Quito, Ecuador

Once I traveled to Ecuador three years in the past it was an eye-opening expertise. I arrived in Quito at night time with no information of the town. As a solo backpacker on a decent finances I barely scratched the floor, I knew I must return in the future with Cameron and discover deeper.

In 2018 we discovered ourselves within the South American metropolis once more earlier than we traveled to the Galapagos and fell in love. It was an exquisite Andean journey and we actually received to sink our tooth into Ecuadorian tradition. I favored my time in Quito for the primary time round, however I completely fell in love with it the second time.

We spent a couple of days chatting with native artisans, hopping into historic church buildings, and making an attempt scrumptious Ecuadorian meals. In case you’re questioning the place to remain in Quito and what to do learn on!

Galapagos Cruise - Quito City


After coming from a distant island away from the town, we weren’t positive what to anticipate out of a two-day layover in Singapore. It’s recognized for being probably the most costly cities on the planet, and undoubtedly not on par with different cities round Asia. However, we arrived with open minds and open wallets.

The town is nothing in need of distinctive from the remainder of the world. Would you wish to smoke in public and throw your cigarette on the bottom? Too dangerous – it’s unlawful. Need to feed the pigeons? That’s a $500 effective. Additionally don’t even take into consideration strolling round your home bare with the curtains open. You could find yourself in jail. 

All this stuff might sound excessive, however to me, they arrive collectively to make an exquisite metropolis. Aside from the loopy legal guidelines and fines the town is understood for its bustling hawker facilities, 24-hour espresso outlets, intense buying malls, a well known nightlife scene, and vibrant public parks.

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Ubud, Bali

Bali is now the brand new Thailand and each digital nomad and backpacker has been flocking there the previous couple of years. The mission is to seek out wholesome meals, fashionable cafes, good WiFi, and reside a cushty lifestyle at a fraction of what it will value within the West. You will discover this way of life throughout Bali, however we notably fell in love with the mountainous city of Ubud in the midst of the island.

Ubud is nestled within the jungle and surrounded by rice terraces. It has lengthy been known as the cultural “chill” area of Bali. A spot the place all can go to apply yoga and loosen up. The attract of Ubud has caught on with nearly each traveler who has seen or learn Eat, Pray, Love. Nonetheless, the Balinese are among the many kindest individuals you’ll be able to cross paths with and in case you are a vegan animal lover who’s hooked on espresso chances are you’ll by no means need to depart.

Things to do in Bali

Florence, Italy

Florence (Firenze) is the capital of Tuscany and a spotlight of any tour in Italy. Even in the event you solely have a number of weeks within the nation, Florence must be on the prime of your listing. The town is legendary for its world-class delicacies, museums, artistic endeavors, and the encompassing countryside. The structure in Florence pulls you in and begs so that you can get misplaced in its historic coronary heart.

Florence is understood for being the birthplace of the Renaissance interval and packed filled with historical past. Once you stroll the slender cobbled stone streets it seems as if little has modified with marble basilicas, darkish chapels, fuel lanterns, and enchanting frescos.

It’s additionally an amazing leaping off level to many different fascinating Italian cities like Sienna and Lucca. In case you are trying to enterprise throughout Italy I might advocate both going by practice or renting a automotive. Nevertheless, it’s a rustic we might not advocate a tour in aside from an area hiring an area tour information for a day.


Charleston, South Carolina

When eager about probably the most lovely cities within the USA, I actually needed to record our house of Wilmington. However sadly, it will get crushed out by Charleston simply three hours away in South Carolina. I first visited Charleston on a go to to see my greatest good friend who moved there after school together with her boyfriend. She has since ditched the boyfriend, however bought a home in Charleston and doesn’t assume she is going to ever depart.

Why? The historic downtown websites between the rivers Ashley and Cooper. Fortunately, the town escaped main injury from the civil struggle so in contrast to different cities within the US the buildings listed here are true treasures. For a big metropolis, there are not any tall buildings interrupting the skyline. As an alternative, you’ll discover (quite a bit) of church buildings, eating places, fashionable espresso outlets, and colourful previous houses on this port metropolis.


Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is a well-preserved former Venetian metropolis inhabited by lower than 13,000 individuals. As soon as guests move by means of the town partitions a labyrinth of marbled streets, previous lamps, stones homes, and quiet piazzas await them. The previous metropolis is fortified and encompassed by imposing stone partitions whereas the city itself sits on the foot of a stunning Adriatic bay with the Dalmatian mountains rising excessive up above turquoise waters.

Some confer with the Bay of Kotor as being the southernmost Fjord in Europe, and with the beautiful great thing about the bay, it’s straightforward to see why. It’s a magical vacation spot that feels as in the event you’ve taken a step again in time. We’ve been twice and it nonetheless stands out as some of the lovely cities in Europe.  Be certain that to make your approach right down to the harboring village of Perast whereas there, it’s equally as beautiful.

Perast, The Bay of Kotor

Cape City, South Africa

If there’s one metropolis on the earth I’m dying to return to, it’s Cape City. It’s a metropolis too lovely for its personal good. The place one can get simply misplaced within the depths of nature and nonetheless have dinner at any sushi, tapas, or bistro they need at night time. There are such a lot of issues to do in Cape City, it’s onerous to optimize your time there until you’ve got a full yr. We spent two months there and felt we barely scratched the floor of what the town has to supply.

We wish to assume we hit most of the vacationer scorching spots, and have been nonetheless capable of delve somewhat deeper into the town. With actions like climbing the long-lasting desk mountain to sipping some scrumptious Pinotage whereas overlooking the tip of Africa, Cape City will enchant you. If you end up within the South African metropolis, don’t inform me as a result of I will probably be jealous, have enjoyable!

Kyoto, Japan

I went to Japan on backpacking journey 5 years in the past and I cannot wait to return. Kyoto was the capital of Japan from the 794-1868, and historical past is current all through the town. Though this metropolis has repeatedly been destroyed throughout occasions of warfare, besides WWII, it stays probably the most lovely cities on the planet.

There are over 2000 temples and shrines within the metropolis, together with the Instafamous Fushimi Inari-Taisha. Apart from the temple, 20% of Japan’s Nationwide Treasures are within the metropolis and there are 17 places which are UNESCO World Heritage Websites. It’s extensively thought-about some of the culturally vital cities on the earth.

I spent 5 days in Kyoto final time however I feel you can spend two years doing one thing every single day and nonetheless not uncover half of it.

Geisha in Kyoto

Chefchouen, Morocco

In northwest Morocco, located within the lovely Rif Mountains, is Chefchaouen. “Chaouen” as locals name it, is a small metropolis that’s famend for its entrancing streets of blue. In addition to the blue streets, Chefchauoen is a well-liked vacationer vacation spot for its cannabis, grown prolifically everywhere in the area.

We went to Morocco’s blue metropolis to get away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities in Morocco. We had seen the pictures on-line detailing all of the shades of blue, and simply knew we needed to get to this Moroccan city.

It truly is as superb because it seems on the web! Most individuals wander round and take pictures within the city, however there’s additionally some good mountaineering by way of the Rif Mountains. We arrived with plans for 2 days and spent every week wandering round, climbing within the mountains, and consuming scrumptious Morrocan meals. On our final night time we had a wild mushroom tagine foraged from the encompassing countryside that was chic.

Alleys of Chefchaouen

Zermatt, Switzerland

Most are accustomed to Zermatt whether or not we’ve heard of the tiny village or not. Switzerland’s iconic Matterhorn mountain peak rises up over the village and its picture has been featured in Ricola commercials and slapped on each Toblerone chocolate bar for years. There’s in all probability no mountain on earth with a extra picturesque peak.

To see the mountain in individual was on our bucket record and it had been ever since our first Toblerone as youngsters. With that in thoughts, it was a simple determination so as to add Zermatt to the record of locations in Switzerland on our European ski tour. Our arrival within the Swiss village was late within the night, so once we opened our lodge room window and seemed as much as see the solar setting on the mountain peak it took our breath away.

Regardless of touring a lot of the world, there are these moments that also make us go “whoa!” What made all of it higher is that we might spend the subsequent three days snowboarding on the mountain base. Together with being a picturesque mountain village, Zermatt is understood to have the most effective ski resorts on the earth. You’ll be able to simply spend your days there having fun with the mountain after which heading right down to city for an evening of posh purchasing and costly meals.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

The town of Amsterdam wants no introduction. It is called the Venice of the North due to its tons of of canals. Amsterdam is nothing in need of spectacular and a should see whereas in Europe. Whether or not you’re into historical past, structure, partying, meals, purchasing, artwork, or cafes there’s something right here for everybody.

A summer time day in Amsterdam is close to inconceivable to prime in some other metropolis. Our favourite factor to do in Amsterdam is to easily sit canal aspect in a quiet neighborhood, like Jordaan and luxuriate in a chilly Amstel. Or you possibly can do even higher with a ship cruise. In the event you’re in search of conventional sights take a look at the Anne Frank Home, Rijksmuseum, and Van Gogh Museum.

Amsterdam European City Breaks

Edinburgh, Scotland

It’s robust to argue with the attraction of Edinburgh because it’s one of the crucial beautiful cities in all of Europe and full of an extended darkish historical past. It’s an fascinating combine with a metropolis middle cut up in two between the jumble of medieval buildings in previous city and the superbly lined Georgian buildings of New City. The town in some ways is a multitude, however a phenomenal one at that! It’s brimming with class, vacationer websites, and character and I guarantee you there isn’t any scarcity of issues to do in Edinburgh.

The town accommodates many contrasts and presents every little thing from world-class artwork festivals to nice eating, rowdy pubs, designer outlets, comedy golf equipment, luxurious inns, and hip espresso outlets. It’s virtually unattainable for any customer to have the identical expertise or opinion of Edinburgh. We tried our greatest to take pleasure in a little bit of all of it, however like all guests, we’ll undoubtedly need to return sometime with extra time.

Most beautiful cities in the world

Venice, Italy

Love or hate Venice there isn’t a denying its reputation. It’s the most lovely historic metropolis on the planet, however additionally it is besieged by vacationers. The sinking metropolis is a community of 118 islands related by bridges. Buildings listed here are previous and in case you handle to get away from the crowds it feels as in case you’ve stepped again 5 centuries in time. After a number of separate visits, we’ve determined that we nonetheless completely we love Venice.

In our opinion, Venice is greatest within the shoulder and offseasons. The canals of Venice are infamous for harboring a number of waste and in the summertime the odor can get fairly dangerous; nevertheless, within the cooler months there are fewer vacationers, much less waste, and the odor is at bay. For those who have been to ask us Venice is likely one of the most lovely cities on the earth, besides in the summertime months. Take a look at extra issues to do in Venice. 

Things to do in Venice - Grand Canal

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is a tremendous metropolis/city in New Zealand’s South Island. It’s one of the crucial visited spots within the nation and one of many foremost locations everybody seeks to stay in. The city sits on Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by the Southern Alps. In case you are fortunate sufficient to attain your self a lakeside Airbnb rental you’ll have uninterrupted views of ” The Remarkables,” the mountain vary across the lake.

Queenstown is dubbed the journey capital of the southern hemisphere, and is the place you can find a variety of vacationers getting an adrenaline excessive. Bungee leaping, paragliding, and canyoneering are all widespread issues to do in Queenstown. The town additionally serves as a leaping off level to the Milford Sound and Lake Wanaka.


Banff, Canada

Have you ever logged onto Instagram recently? In case you missed it Banff, Alberta has been the recent place to go for the previous few years. Think about huge mountains, lovely blue lakes, and an enthralling Canadian small city. If it seems like the right place to spend Summer time, Fall, Winter, and Spring that’s as a result of it’s!

Banff can also be surrounded by Mt. Norquay, Banff /Lake Louise, and Banff Sunshine to type SkiBig3. Within the winter this entire space turns right into a skiier or snowboarders model of heaven. We spent a number of weeks right here mountain hopping final yr and have since thought-about relocating to Alberta completely. Significantly, it’s that good and is certainly probably the most lovely cities on the earth.

Banff National Park

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is likely one of the most enjoyable cities to go to in Australia. The buzzing metropolis has nightlife, a terrific meals scene, festivals galore, and outside actions. It’s robust to hate on the town and brings individuals in from everywhere in the world. I’ll by no means remorse reserving a spontaneous flight to Melbourne years in the past simply to go to the distinguished Melbourne Cup.

Individuals typically make their means straight to Sydney to see the Opera Home on their journey to Australia, however for my part, Melbourne is the higher choice because it has much less of that huge metropolis really feel.

Romantic Things to do in Melbourne

Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey’s hottest metropolis is likely one of the most superb on the planet and undoubtedly probably the most lovely cities in Europe. Istanbul bridges Europe and Asia, and the town crams in each cultures for everybody to expertise. You’ll be able to truly take a ferry alongside the Bosphorus and actually take a photograph between two continents – the place else on the earth are you able to do this? It has lengthy served because the crossroads between the 2 continents and thus has a tremendous quantity of historical past, structure, and tradition.

Istanbul is an enormous metropolis and even with two journeys again right here, we now have but to even scratch the floor of what Istanbul has to supply. It’s the right place to walk alongside the Bosphorus and benefit from the previous buildings and delightful mosques close by.

Things to do in Istanbul at night

New York, New York

On the bottom, gritty New York is probably not probably the most lovely and there’s no doubt loads of ugly spots. Take a couple of rides on the New York subway and also you’ll see loads of the ugly. Nevertheless, there isn’t a skyline on the planet extra iconic than New York with its architectural feats, bridges, and Central Park.

It’s subsequent to unimaginable to not be amazed by the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Constructing, Flatiron Constructing, Grand Central Station, One World  Commerce Middle, New York Public Library, Chrysler Constructing, and the Statue of Liberty — the listing might go on. New York’s eating places, bars, road meals, museums, live performance venues, artwork galleries, and neighborhoods are all world class.

There isn’t a scarcity of issues to do within the metropolis that by no means sleeps. It’s a metropolis that assaults your senses and paints a vibrant tapestry earlier than your eyes.

To record all of New York’s accomplishments can be subsequent to unattainable and it’s doubtless probably the most culturally vital metropolis on the earth. Spend a while within the metropolis and can check you and any true New Yorker could have cursed the bottom beneath their ft.

New York is like nowhere else on earth.

New York - Most Beautiful City in the world

Stockholm, Sweden

There isn’t a denying the appeal of Stockholm on a stupendous summer time day. Underneath the Midnight Solar the town dubbed “Venice of the north” incorporates a slew of cafes and bars that brim with patrons indulging within the “Fika” cafe tradition.

Venturing across the cities many islands and parks break down your typical notions of a metropolis. Stockholm is refreshing and blurs the strains between trendy, historic, pure, and metropolis.

Stockholm Bridge on Pentax 35mm

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