A Must Visit “10 Cities in the World”
Cities in the World
There are super beautiful cities in the world that will amaze you to realize that they even exist. Some of these fantastic cities bring unforgettable memories of a lifetime. They can significantly change a person’s perception of life
Scores between friends and even difficult relationship issues can be resolved just by a tore to some of these fantastic cities. It could also be a goal of a person to get to such places in a lifetime
There’s a surprising amount of diversity among the global superpower cities, which are filled with everything from centuries-old palaces to neon-lit skylines and staggering skyscrapers. For our 32nd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey—yes, readers have been voting for more than three decades—a record 600,000 registered voters weighed in. The impressive number of 2019 results were especially exciting for us: We’re always curious about where in the world you go, what you loved, and who you went with. As you continue to travel, we continue to listen: Here are the international cities you loved most this year.
From historical sites to local art, signature dishes to sun-washed beaches, there’s something for everyone among these small international cities.
- Cologne, Germany
Cologne is often overshadowed by Berlin and Munich. Still, the 2,000-year-old city on the banks of the Rhine River has its devotees for a reason—think High Gothic architecture, a dozen Romanesque churches, annual literary festivals, and the Museum Ludwig, one of the most important collections of modern art in Europe. Kölsch beer, specially brewed here, probably helps, too.
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
Surrounded by the Maritime Alps on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, glamorous Monte Carlo has been made famous through pop culture for its depiction in an array of films, from To Catch a Thief to GoldenEye, and even Cars 2. It would be criminal to visit without stopping into the Casino de Monte-Carlo (play a game of baccarat to make your best James Bond impression). Go just outside the city limits to the Jardin Exotique for stellar views and the world’s most extensive collection of succulents and cacti, or to Le Rocher, an old cliffside town with winding, narrow alleyways dating back to the Middle Ages.
- Puebla, Mexico
The secret is out on Puebla. A popular day trip from Mexico City, Puebla is more than worthy as a destination on its own. The city is known for its Baroque architecture, and with 365 churches and more than 1,000 colonial-era buildings, there is plenty to explore. Start with the Puebla Cathedral and its ornate pipe organ or the Church of Santo Domingo, where the gilded Capilla del Rosario will make you wonder how there was any gold left for anyone else. On the food front, Puebla is noted as the birthplace of the decadent and spicy mole poblano, which is readily available from several local restaurants for your own culinary research.
- Florence, Italy
Though Rome is Italy’s much-beloved capital and Milan has serious cosmopolitan clout, Florence remains unrivaled in history, art, and architecture (its beauty and cuisine don’t hurt, either). In addition to being the birthplace of the Renaissance, the Firenze of recent years has had a modern makeover: Study Tuscan classics with celebrity chef Arturo Dori at Desire, one of the city’s hottest cooking school/design store hybrids, or take in modern art at La Strozzina, Florence’s center for contemporary culture. Wherever the day takes you, save room for a stewed tripe sandwich is a Florence must.
- Bergen, Norway
Surrounded by mountains on Norway’s western shore, Bergen is one of Europe’s largest cruise ship ports of call and the gateway to Norway’s world-famous fjords. Discover the city’s Viking roots at the Bergen Museum and explore postcard-worthy Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site along the harbor with shops, restaurants, and museums. Bergen’s location makes it an ideal base for a day trip to tour the fjords, glaciers, and waterfalls that makeup Norway’s landscape. For a bird’s-eye view of the city, head to Mount Ulriken, the highest of Bergen’s seven mountains. The 90-minute hike is steep but manageable, though there’s no shame in opting for the cable car ride.
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta may have a specific youthful energy during spring break, but there’s so much more to this Pacific resort town than sunbathing undergrads. Winter whale is watching in Banderas Bay, an artisan market with local goods, and, just a half-hour boat ride south, the quiet shores and waterfall hikes of Yelapa Beach. If you want to feel like a celebrity, stay at Casa Kimberly, the former home of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, that is now a nine-suite boutique hotel. The Elizabeth Taylor Suite features the (human) heart-shaped marble bathtub that Taylor specially commissioned for the property.
- Salzburg, Austria
Classic Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, sits divided by the Salzach River: it’s pedestrian Old City lines its left bank, and the (slightly) newer side is on the right. To drink like a local, head to Bräustübl Zu Mülln, Austria’s largest beer hall, where beer is drawn directly from wooden barrels and can be enjoyed alongside traditional and regional specialties from the Schmankerlgang, an Old World food court of sorts.
- Québec City, Canada
Hilltop Québec City is a place for all seasons—the charm of its 17th-century castles and cathedrals is only enhanced by snow (and where else can you say that in Canada?!). Explore UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Québec, brush up on your military history at the citadel atop Cap Diamant, and head to the Quartier Petit-Champlain for pedestrian-only streets and artisan boutiques. Reserve a room at the historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, and dine at the property’s 1608 Wine and Cheese Bar, which specializes in Québec cheeses.
- Dresden, Germany
Left in ruins at the end of World War II, Dresden stands today as a beautifully restored city in the east of Germany. With its ornate Baroque architecture and a recent ranking as one of the least stressful cities in the world, it’s no wonder that Traveler readers are smitten with this city on the Elbe River. A top attraction is Residenzschloss, one of the oldest buildings in the town that served as a royal palace until the early 20th century. Today, it houses two literal treasure chambers and the most extensive collection of jewels, precious metals, and art in Europe.
10. Tokyo, Japan
Topping our list of world cities yet again, Tokyo continues to thrill with its contradictions: ultra-modern, neon skyscrapers and tranquil temples, unmatchable street style, and centuries-old etiquette. As we’ve said before, it’s like a fever dream you don’t want to wake up from. This Japanese capital has more Michelin stars than any