It’s time for a world tour, Aluxers! Get on the Ride to Have a Look around the 30 Most Beautiful Cities of the World
According to the World Atlas, there are 4,416 cities in the world with a population of over 150,000. These cities all offer different cultures, various landmarks, industrial centers, diverse populations, and numerous entertainment options. There’s something about a city with sparkling lights, futuristic skylines, concrete street-ways, and buzzing energy that really draws people in and makes anything seem possible.
Within every city elements of beauty can be found, but there are certainly some that stand out more than others. Today we are going to try to narrow down the 30 most beautiful cities in the world. Many of these you will be familiar with, but some are hidden gems that just might get added to your travel bucket list by the time we’re through.
So now it’s time to hop on to this global joy ride and enjoy touring 30 of the most beautiful cities around the world. Let’s get started!
30. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
29. San Juan, Puerto Rico
28. Seville, Spain
27. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
26. Kyoto, Japan
25. Cologne, Germany
24. Prague, Czech Republic
23. London, U.K.
22. Barcelona, Spain
21. Athens, Greece
20. Seoul, South Korea
19. Amsterdam, Netherlands
18. Osaka, Japan
17. Madrid, Spain
16. Edinburgh, Scotland
15. Hamburg, Germany
14. Vienna, Austria
13. Melbourne, Australia
12. Tokyo, Japan
11. Chiang Mai [Chang My], Thailand
10. Zurich, Switzerland
9. Stockholm, Sweden
8. New York City, NY, United States
7. Venice, Italy
6. Vancouver, Canada
5. Budapest, Hungary
4. Sydney, Australia
3. Florence, Italy
2. Paris, France
1. Rome, Italy
If you want this tour to be more vivid, here’s a video covering all 30 locations with some of their landmarks on the display:
Now that we’ve taken care of that, let’s take this crazy flight around the beautiful world we live in!
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
San Miguel de Allende is Mexico’s prettiest city. There is no argument there. It has intricate architectural sites, beautiful cobblestone steps, big courtyards, and a lively town center. In addition to this, it was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2008.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is referred to as Ciudad Amurallada, or the walled city. It is the capital of Puerto Rico and is its biggest natural harbour in the Caribbean. The city, lined with old and new architecture, draws in many tourists because of its varied attractions, which include restaurants, forts, beaches, and many more.
Game of Thrones fan? It’s time to conquer Seville! It served as the famous series’ central location from season 5 onwards. No wonder, because the city perfectly combines its old historic look with modernity. Gothic buildings co-existing with modern architecture creates a beautiful atmosphere.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cidade Marvilhosa, meaning “marvelous city,” perfectly describes Rio de Janairo. With its natural and man-made tourist destinations, it certainly lives up to that statement. It is famous for beautiful stretches of sand and the colorful and lively Carnaval. And you can’t miss the breathtaking statue of Christ the Redeemer watching over the city.
Step back in time in Japan’s capital city – Kyoto. Traditional wooden houses, over 2,000 temples and shrines, and occasional sightings of geisha will bring you back to traditional Japan. The city is a great representation of Japanese culture.
If you are a history buff, you must absolutely see Cologne. With more than 2,000 years of history, the city has a lot of museums you can spend hours in. It also has 12 Romanesque churches that speak of the city’s faith. And of course, it has pubs, restaurants, and food stalls to satisfy your hunger. A beautiful combination
Prague, Czech Republic
Beautiful, historic, charming, and decadent are only some of the words you can use to describe Prague. Much of its old cobblestone pathways have been preserved, giving it a quiet and solemn vibe, yet at night it buzzes with the energy from the market and party scenes.
Previously the settlement of Londinium, London boasts of art, diverse culture, landmarks, and rich history. London is home to Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the London Bridge, and so much more.
Artistic expression – that is what Barcelona is all about. As you walk about its streets, you will get to see the prominent work of an artist named Antoni Gaudí. From the stonework and the buildings, you’ll definitely see Gaudi’s mark. But aside from this, the sunny weather of Barcelona makes it a great place for walks and beach trips. You will also definitely want to stop by the Barcelona Sagrada Familia, a gorgeous church in the heart of the city.
Athens, Greece, is one of the world’s oldest cities. Despite this, the city still sparks life in locals and tourists alike. Once in here, you’ll be able to feel the excitement of the people in the market, the shopping districts, and entertainment centers. You can also get a glimpse of the past with the Parthenon, the Acropolis, and other ancient buildings.
Seoul, South Korea
Annyeonghaseyo! With the popularity of K-POP, it is no wonder why Seoul has become one of the most famous destinations of tourists. And who could blame them? Seoul brings in the light, the entertainment, and the best food you could ever ask for. This capital city of Korea is the largest city in the country, and one of the oldest with a history spanning over 2,000 years.
Let’s now go to the Venice of the North – Amsterdam. Much like Venice, Amsterdam boasts of hundreds of canals that give the city a unique look. It’s one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe with colorful homes, charming bridges, and winding streets where you can get lost in the beauty. It’s also home to the world’s only floating flower market.
Up for a food trip? Osaka is the city for you! It is known as Japan’s food city. You can get a taste of their world famous delicacies and traditional dishes such as Takoyaki, which is fried octopus balls, and okonomiyaki, which are Japanese savory pancakes. A mix of traditional architecture and modern skyscrapers also enhances the beauty of the city.
Want a taste of the Spanish life? Let’s go to Madrid! The magic of Madrid comes from its beautiful skyline, tree-lined groves, and intricately designed buildings. It’s a city that knows how to live and gives its people the best possible comfort through food and entertainment.
Edinburgh is known for its festivals, great comedy, and the arts. But besides these, it also has some of the most beautiful green hills, Gothic buildings, castles, cobblestoned steps, and modern Georgian buildings. Separated into the old and the new, this odd combination brings forth a surprisingly beautiful result.
Germany’s 2nd largest city, Hamburg, offers you an experience much like that of Venice and Amsterdam combined but much more. How so? Because Hamburg, according to tourists, is Germany’s Gateway to the World – the world of beautiful architecture, marvelous bodies of water, and lovely wildlife.
Want to be in the City of Dreams? Vienna is the place to go! This city oozes culture – from opera houses to museums and grand architecture, it leaves all sightseers in a dreamlike state. No wonder it is considered as a major center for Austria’s culture, economy and politics.
Melbourne boasts of cultural diversity, an excellent food scene, amazing street art, lush green parks, mountain ranges, and fun festivals. No wonder it is considered as the world’s most livable city.
Tokyo is a combination of tradition and technology like no other. Its colorful skyline and high-technology facilities combined with temples and customs makes way for an interesting and thrilling way of life. It is a city of great innovation.
Chiang Mai (Chang My), Thailand
Looking for the cultural capital of Thailand? Say hello to Chiang Mai. Chang Mai is famous for its markets, temples, beautiful architecture and national cuisine. You wouldn’t want to miss the vibrant Night Bazaar, the National Museum and Botanic Garden, and the more than 30 ancient temples that can still be found there.
Are you up for a medieval-looking city? Zurich, with its old churches, cobblestone pathways, and unique boutiques, will take you back to those times. Despite this, it is the largest city in Switzerland and is also a financial powerhouse in addition to being a major contemporary art and shopping destination.
Time to go to the cultural, political, and economic center of Sweden – Stockholm! What makes this city unique and fun is its 14 islands. You can spend the day jumping from island to island by using a ferry. Or stroll the cobblestone streets and take in the historic charm of the city.
New York City, NY, United States
Known as the Big Apple or the city that never sleeps, New York City offers one of the most beautiful skylines in the world in addition to beautiful parks, notable museums, unmatched entertainment options, a busy financial sector, and diverse cultural offerings. All of this is in addition to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Statue of Liberty.
Considered as the sinking city because of its connected bodies of water, Venice is truly a sight to behold. It is famous for its cobblestone streets, bridges, and gondolas, which give it an undeniable romantic charm.
Known to be one of the safest cities in the world, Vancouver is perfect for any tourist looking for a sporty adventure. With its well-preserved natural resources and a mountain on one side and an ocean on the other, it gives thrill seekers the adventure trip they want with skiing, hiking, biking, snowboarding and more. Its natural beauty helps it claim a spot high up on our list.
Hungary’s capital city, Budapest, is a city with great architectural prowess. Some examples of this are the Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament Building, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. It is also said that it is very relaxing to tour Budapest because of its lovely spas and thermal baths. The city is bisected by the River Danube with a bridge that connects the Buda district with Pest.
The largest city in Australia, Sydney boasts of a huge waterfront. So much so that it is common to have people ride ferries to go to work and commute home. It also has the most stunning beaches. But the site that everyone is drawn to in the city is the famous Sydney Opera House, which has been enhancing the beauty of Sydney since 1973. You’ll also want to check out Taronga Zoo, Shark Beach, Camp Cove, and more.
Florence is the true representation of Renaissance art. Its cathedral domed skyline and museums are a testament to that. It has preserved the beauty of this time period through its art and architecture. One must-see sight is the Florence Cathedral. Built in 1436, it is the most celebrated cathedral in the world with its white marble, red, pink and green façade.
The City of Lights and Love? Of course, we would never miss Paris! It is probably the dream vacation of a lot of people to see the Eiffel Tower in person and say, “Oui” in their best possible French accent. With its elegant streets, colorful night lights, and delightful cuisines, it is a true sight to behold. Aside from the Eiffel Tower, you should also see The Louvre. It is the world’s largest museum and holds a collection of Renaissance and Baroque art.
We’ve reached the top of our list, and of course the city in the number one spot is Rome. Rome is a very fascinating city not only because of its beauty, but also because of its history. The whole city is a giant museum packed with thousands of relics and ancient history. On every corner, you will see remnants of the past. And what adds another layer of fascination to this is its co-existence with modern day living.
Ancient streets are now flooded with activity from restaurants to shopping centers. And of course, you can’t be in Rome without visiting the Colosseum. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, it used to hold gladiator tournaments and games during the ancient times. Here, you can marvel upon this piece of history while in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
So that ends our global joy ride for today. We hope you’ve enjoyed travelling with us. We’d love to see you jumping on the chance to see these 30 wonderful cities personally. We swear you won’t regret it!