There are so many beautiful cities in the world. Each city is different from the other and has its own specialty. Some cites are safe, some are enormous and some are most expensive. Among the cities across the world, some cities are most beautiful and make it seem like we are blessed to be there. If you are planning to visit the most beautiful cities in the world or just want to know the beautiful cities in the world to plan your retirement in, then this post is for you. In this article I have highlighted top 10 most beautiful cities in the world, their location and what makes them stand out from others.
Havana is the capital city of Cuba and is also one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Due to its 500 year existence, Havana boasts of some amazing colonial buildings and spectacular castles. There are museums, palaces, public squares, avenues, churches and fortresses to visit. The city attracts over a million tourists every year and also, Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
Barcelona, not only known for its art, architecture and football team, is also known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. You would be interested to know that Barcelona is the 20th most visited city in the world and 5th in Europe (followed by London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome). Barcelona is a beautiful place with one of the best beaches in the world, historical monuments which include 8 of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. It is also the 15th safest country in the world according to Business Insider.
Queenstown, New Zealand, is beautifully situated on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, which is set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Such a scenic location puts Queenstown in this list of the most beautiful cities in the world. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. There’s bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers. In winter, there’s skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.
Apart from being one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Beirut is also one of the oldest cities in the world. Having been inhabited almost 5000 years ago, Beirut has the most beautiful historical monuments and castles. It is also known as The Paris of the Middle East. There were more than 3 million tourists in Beirut in 2010.
Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain making this one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Tourists can get on the slowly rotating cable cars to climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum.
Chefchaouen, or Chaouen, is a city in the Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. It’s known for the striking, variously hued blue-washed buildings of its old town. Leather and weaving workshops line its steep cobbled lanes. This is definitely one of the most unique cities on our list.
London is a historic beauty with history stretching back to Roman times. The city is rich with historical well-preserved buildings, castles and museums. There are numerous attractions to keep tourists hooked like Big Ben, London Eye, river Thames, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Madame Tussaud’s Museum, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.
The skyline of Hong Kong is studded with sky scrappers much like that of Manhattan. A former British ruled city, Hong Kong also has some historical buildings and museums. It is also a major shopping destination. In 2014, Hong Kong was the eleventh most popular destination for tourists with more than 27 million tourists visiting. But it is also the 8th most expensive city in the world.
Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby make this one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.
Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It’s famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district.
This city needs no introduction and locals proudly call it ‘the greatest city in the world’. The skyline of The Big Apple is what puts NY on the list of the most beautiful cities in the world. The Statue of Liberty, Empire state building, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and 9/11 National Memorial are some of the historic spots which you should visit if you ever go to New York. Apart from great architectural wonders, the city is also home to some of the great minds in culture and art. It has been a meeting point for many intellectual minds, which is reflected in the way the city is designed.
This city is the capital of Mexico, the country that houses some of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. It is no wonder that this is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. One of the most important places that you must see in Mexico City is the 13th-century Aztec temple, Temple Mayor. This unique building takes you down the memory lane of how great this city was once upon a time. Also, you also have the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and Historical Center of Mexico City, which are a treat to your eyes. The Plaza Garibaldi is a replica of the New York’s Times Square but with a Mexican touch.
This German city is one of the most beautiful cities in the world mainly because it is located at the foothills of the Alps Mountains and is blessed with scenic beauty abundantly. On one side you have picture perfect natural gardens and on the other side, you have beautiful human-made castles and historical museums. The usually calm city comes to life during its famous Oktoberfest, which hosts some of the best beer festivals. Munich offers you a sip of its history through its castles and keeps you on your toes with its hip culture.
The southernmost tip of the mysterious continent of South Africa has the most extraordinary display of nature and is eleventh on our list of the most beautiful cities in the world. Home to the famous Cape of Good Hope from where Christopher Columbus went on to discover the eastern side of the world is a must-visit place in South Africa, it is at this place that the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean. Right between the Table Mountain and the Robben Island is the Victoria and the Alfred Waterfront offering you an extraordinary view of the ocean. You can also opt for a helicopter ride, which gives you an aerial view of the beautiful city.
Budapest is an elegant city with a youthful ambience. The city is famous for its historic gothic nature, natural beauty, gorgeous hills and islands. The city serves as the home to one of the most popular thermal spas in Europe, Gellert Spa. The Chain Bridge that connects Buda to Pest provides a stunning view of the River Danube and beautiful buildings. The city is not only famous for its good looks, it boasts of having the best plastic and cosmetic surgeons in the world.
Bruges is an outstanding city that shows off medieval architecture. A tour of the Charming Canals provides an opportunity to experience the beauty of this gorgeous city. Though Bruges is a small city, it is breathtakingly beautiful. The gothic monuments, oval canal and cobbled lanes attract most tourists to visit the city. When you visit this magic city, you should explore the gorgeous architecture and peaceful spots.
The city that occupies the 8th place in my list of top 10 most beautiful cities in the world is none other than Vancouver. The city is also considered as one among the world’s most livable cities. The city is the great spot for those who like to visit both mountains and sea beaches. The city is known for its eco friendly green spaces, Stanley Park and Coast Mountains. This is the 3rd largest metropolitan region in the nation.
Florence is the city that was recognized as the “World Heritage Site” by the UNESCO. There are only few cities in the world that are more beautiful than the Florence city. Numerous Domes, unspoiled skyline, gorgeous hills and Duomo make Florence what it is. The city shows the ideal examples of the renaissance architecture. If you plan a trip to the city, the beauty of the city will make your trip unforgettable and you will cherish this place forever.
Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is known as the “Venice of the North”. The city is packed with beautiful canals and relaxing parks. If you are one who likes to enjoy your life without the hustle and bustle of the city, then Amsterdam is the place for you. The beautiful monuments, apartments, offices, restaurants and cafes are known for their reflection of the beauty of the city.
The white of the beaches’ sands, breathtaking landscape, mountainous backdrops, and amazing nightlife obviously puts this city in the list of the most beautiful cities in the world. The popular Corcovado Christ and Sugarloaf Mountain are ideal locations to get a panoramic view of the city. There are some people who say that “God created the world in 6 days and dedicated the 7th to Rio De Janeiro”. Once you visit this marvelous city, you will understand why they say that.
Any person who has visited this city will wonder why this city is not first in the list of the most beautiful cities in the world. The perfectly landscaped parks, beautiful beaches, pre 18th century architecture and cobbled design streets stand as proof for the beauty of the city. When you visit the city, you will experience the colorful picturesque streets with every turn you make.
Prague is third place in my list of most beautiful cities in the world though I very badly want it to be first. Numerous gorgeous monuments, the magnificent Charles Bridge and stunning buildings add to the beauty of this city. The city is known as “The City of Thousand Spires” because the city owns most of beautifully preserved historical monuments in the world. Prague Castle is an ideal example that showcases the beauty of ancient architecture in the city. This city is known for music, culture and countless churches.
There can be no list of beautiful cities in the world without Paris. Paris is the capital of France. The city is most preferred for music, food, love and culture. This city is at the heart of the France. The city is the fashion hub of the world. When we think about Paris, Eiffel tower is the famous site that will come to our mind. Charming streets, romantic restaurants, cafes, the monumental squares, attracting structures makes the city the most beautiful city in the world. Nothing will ever beat a walk along the Seine hand-in-hand with your loved one. Once you visit Paris, you would never want to leave.
One of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice is obviously first in our list of the most beautiful cities in the world. Venice is also the most unique as well as interesting city in the world. Each building in the city is a piece of art that will take your breath away. The piazzas here are incredibly beautiful. The city has charming town squares, winding streets and canals.
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