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The 21 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

The 21 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

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

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

The Most Beautiful Cities in 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 in the metropolis. Flanked by the spectacular Nordkette mountain vary that towers over the metropolis nature by no means feels distant.

It’s the solely metropolis the place you possibly can 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 part we love about Austria all packed into a contemporary metropolis and historic metropolis.

We love the reality you could be in a ravishing medieval previous city after which inside minutes locations you in 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 look just a little dreary in the winter, however don’t let distract you from the beautiful “Altstadt.”

Things to do in Innsbruck

Cusco, Peru

Cusco is one among the most fascinating cities in South America and it’s due to its distinctive taste. The Peruvian metropolis is the longest inhabited metropolis in the Americas and colonial buildings conflict with previous Incan structure. In lots of instances, these colonial buildings sit on the foundations of the former 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 couple of soles. Mass tourism has but to destroy the vibe, but you possibly can simply discover good meals and an honest cappuccino. All of this takes place in 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 metropolis and for good purpose, there are such a lot of nice issues to do in Cusco. After a number of days of exploring the metropolis 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 metropolis. 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 in 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 obtained to sink our tooth into Ecuadorian tradition. I favored my time in Quito for the first time round, however I completely fell in love with it the second time.

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

Galapagos Cruise - Quito City


We weren’t positive what to anticipate out of a two-day layover in Singapore. It’s recognized for being one in every of the costliest cities in the world, and undoubtedly not on par with different cities round Asia. However, we arrived with open minds and open wallets.

The metropolis 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 floor? Too dangerous – it’s unlawful. Need to feed the pigeons? That’s a $500 fantastic. Additionally don’t even take into consideration strolling round your home bare with the curtains open. You might 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 metropolis is understood for its bustling hawker facilities, 24-hour espresso outlets, intense purchasing malls, a well known nightlife scene, and vibrant public parks.

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Ubud, Bali

Bali is now the 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 in the West. Yow will discover this way of life throughout Bali, however we notably fell in love with the mountainous city of Ubud in the center of the island.

Ubud is nestled in 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 amongst the kindest individuals you’ll be able to cross paths with and in case you are a vegan animal lover who’s hooked on espresso you might 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 case you just a few weeks in the nation, Florence must be at the prime of your record. The metropolis is legendary for its world-class delicacies, museums, artistic endeavors, and the surrounding 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. Whenever 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 ideal 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 serious about the most lovely cities in the USA, I actually needed to listing our residence 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 pal 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 metropolis escaped main injury from the civil struggle so in contrast to different cities in 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 (rather a lot) of church buildings, eating places, fashionable espresso outlets, and colourful previous houses in 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 metropolis 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 at the foot of a stunning Adriatic bay with the Dalmatian mountains rising excessive up above turquoise waters.

Some check 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 when you’ve taken a step again in time. We’ve been twice and it nonetheless stands out as one among the most lovely cities in Europe.  Make certain to make your means 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 in the world 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 in 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 exhausting 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 metropolis has to supply.

We wish to assume we hit lots of the vacationer scorching spots, and have been nonetheless capable of delve somewhat deeper into the metropolis. With actions like climbing the iconic desk mountain to sipping some scrumptious Pinotage whereas overlooking the tip of Africa, Cape City will enchant you. If you end up in the South African metropolis, don’t inform me as a result of I shall 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 metropolis. Though this metropolis has repeatedly been destroyed throughout occasions of warfare, besides WWII, it stays considered one of the most lovely cities in the world.

There are over 2000 temples and shines in the metropolis, together with the Instafamous Fushimi Inari-Taisha. In addition to the temple, 20% of Japan’s Nationwide Treasures are in the metropolis and there are 17 places which are UNESCO World Heritage Websites. It’s extensively thought-about one among the most culturally vital cities in the world.

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

Geisha in Kyoto

Chefchouen, Morocco

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

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

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

Alleys of Chefchaouen

Zermatt, Switzerland

Most are acquainted with 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 listing and it had been ever since our first Toblerone as youngsters. With that in thoughts, it was a simple choice so as to add Zermatt to the listing of locations in Switzerland on our European ski tour. Our arrival in the Swiss village was late in the night, so once we opened our lodge room window and appeared 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 considered one of the greatest ski resorts in the world. You possibly can 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 metropolis 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 considered one of the most 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 completely lined Georgian buildings of New City. The metropolis in some ways is a multitude, however a wonderful one at that! It’s brimming with class, vacationer websites, and character and I guarantee you there isn’t a scarcity of issues to do in Edinburgh.

The metropolis incorporates many contrasts and gives all the things from world-class artwork festivals to high quality eating, rowdy pubs, designer outlets, comedy golf equipment, luxurious lodges, and hip espresso outlets. It’s virtually inconceivable for any customer to have the similar 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 should 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 it’s also besieged by vacationers. The sinking metropolis is a community of 118 islands related by bridges. Buildings listed here are previous and in the event you handle to get away from the crowds it feels as in the event you’ve stepped again 5 centuries in time. After a number of separate visits, we have now determined that we nonetheless completely we love Venice.

In our opinion, Venice is greatest in the shoulder and offseasons. The canals of Venice are infamous for harboring a number of waste and in the summer time the odor can get fairly dangerous; nevertheless, in 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 certainly one of the most lovely cities in the world, besides in the summer time 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 among the most visited spots in the nation and certainly one of the fundamental 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 round 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 metropolis 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 scorching 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 good 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. In the winter this entire space turns right into a skiier or snowboarders model of heaven. We spent a couple 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 considered one of the most lovely cities in the world.

Banff National Park

Melbourne, Australia

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

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

Romantic Things to do in Melbourne

Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey’s hottest metropolis is one in every of the most superb in the world and undoubtedly one among the most lovely cities in Europe. Istanbul bridges Europe and Asia, and the metropolis crams in each cultures for everybody to expertise. You possibly can truly take a ferry alongside the Bosphorus and actually take a photograph between two continents – the place else in the world are you able to do this? It has lengthy served as the crossroads between the two 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’ve but to even scratch the floor of what Istanbul has to supply. It’s the good place to walk alongside the Bosphorus and luxuriate in the previous buildings and delightful mosques close by.

Things to do in Istanbul at night

New York, New York

On the floor, gritty New York is probably not 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 in the world extra iconic than New York with its architectural feats, bridges, and Central Park.

It’s subsequent to inconceivable 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 record 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 any scarcity of issues to do in 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 listing all of New York’s accomplishments can be subsequent to inconceivable it an icon and certain the most culturally vital metropolis in the world. Spend a while in the metropolis and can check you and any true New Yorker may have cursed the floor 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 ravishing summer time day. Underneath the Midnight Solar the metropolis dubbed “Venice of the north” incorporates a slew of cafes and bars that brim with patrons indulging in the “Fika” cafe tradition.

Venturing round 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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