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Top 15 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

The top 15 most beautiful cities in the world listed in this article have been selected by taking into account various factors, such as:  architecture, urban planning, sustainable economic development, cultural importance, history, and popularity by visitors.

There are many beautiful cities in the world that people should consider visiting and it's not easy to select the top cities on appearance because beauty is subjective. That is why the top 15 most beautiful cities in the world listed in this article have been selected by taking into account various factors, such as:  architecture, urban planning, sustainable economic development, cultural importance, history, and popularity by visitors. The amazement of the cities listed in this article are highly influenced by their own natural settings, physical and cultural landscapes, art, uniqueness, weather as well as culture.


15)  Brisbane, Australia
It is the most stunning spot in Australia and one of the nicest cities in the world. It is particularly famous for the beautiful weather, rainforests, beaches, flora, fauna and recreational facilities. Brisbane is filled with world class theme parks, natural scenery and vibrant arts. In recent years the city has grown fast, becoming the third largest city in Australia and known as the place that was held by Perth. Brisbane is a cosmopolitan metropolis with people from multi-cultural and ethnical backgrounds.

Attractions: Streets Beach, Treasury Building, Gabba, The Museum of Brisbane, Southbank Beach, Do The Loop, and the City Botanical Gardens.

Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane is filled with world class theme parks, natural scenery and vibrant arts.

Southbank Beach in Brisbane, Australia
 Brisbane is filled with world class theme parks, natural scenery and vibrant arts.


14)  Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is the most popular tourist destination in the Republic of South Africa and it is the third largest city in that location. It is a wonderful place with marvelous natural settings, excellent climate and plenty of fun places for visitors to discover. The city is particularly great for those who love adventures, such as:  biking, hiking and mountaineering. It is said to be the city for people who love water sports because it's filled with currents from the ocean, large cliffs, bays and magnificent beaches. Cape Town is suitable for adults and children.

Attractions: Table Mountain, Boulder Beach, Robben Island, Cape Winelands, Bo-Kaap, and lots of open space.

Cape Town, South Africa areal view
Cape Town is the most popular tourist destination in the Republic of South Africa and it is the third largest city in that location.

Bo Kaap in Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is the most popular tourist destination in the Republic of South Africa and it is the third largest city in that location.


13)  Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
Vancouver is noted as a wonderful city with natural beauty and is located on the west coast of Canada. It is one of the coziest cities in the world with very high quality of living standards. Vancouver is famous for Coast Mountains, sea beaches and eco-friendly green space. It is an ideal destination for anyone looking for outdoor recreation and sports. Those interested in architecture and history will find plenty to enjoy as well.

Attractions: Grouse Mountain, Science World, Granville Island, Stanley Park, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Aquarium, and Harbour Cruises and Events.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver is noted as a wonderful city with natural beauty and is located on the west coast of Canada.

Science World in Vancouver, Brittish Columbia, Canada


12)  San Francisco, California - United States
San Francisco, popularly known as the welcoming city of the United States, is regarded as the most scenic of all major cities in the country. Its natural setting is one of the best known icons in the world, located by a gorgeous bay as the backdrop. The fresh weather, beautiful beaches, stuffing hills, famous bridges and magnificent urban landscape have made San Francisco a wonderful tourist destination. The city has a beautiful mix of Victorian and modern architecture.

Parks, museums, art galleries and other historic landmarks are located throughout San Francisco. It was the largest city on the west coast during the California Gold Rush of 1849 and assimilated thousands of immigrants in the 18th as well as the19th century, coming from the Pacific regions in particular. Chinatown is an amazing cultural place to visit that is reflective of the pacific immigration and it is the oldest as well as one of the largest “mini-China areas” in the world outside of Asia.

Attractions: The Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Silicon Valley, the old-style cable cars, Twin Peaks, and Chinatown.

San Francisco, California, United States and the Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, popularly known as the welcoming city of the United States, is regarded as the most scenic of all major cities in the country.

China Town in San Francisco, California, United States
Chinatown in San Francisco is an amazing cultural place to visit that is reflective of the pacific immigration and it is the oldest as well as one of the largest “mini-China areas” in the world outside of Asia.


11)  New York City, New York – United States
New York City, or “The Big Apple”, as it is called affectionately by Americans, is the most visited city in the United States. It is a world class metropolis with numerous attractions, such as:  modern architectural works, fast paced street life, famous museums, stunning skylines and historic buildings. If you are ever in “the city that never sleeps” then visit the must sees, like: Central Park, The Statue of Liberty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, some historical libraries and  universities. Keep in mind that you will not be able to conquer New York City in one visit.

Whether you are a first timer or a repeat visitor, New York City will always have its charm. It is a global leader in food, fashion, arts, nightlife, finance and other top notch criteria. The diverse cultures surrounded by ethnic architecture and lively gathering places have made this destination one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Attractions: The Statue of Liberty, Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Times Square, Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Staten Island Ferry.

New York City and the Statue of Liberty in New York, United States
New York City, or “The Big Apple”, as it is called affectionately by Americans, is the most visited city in the United States.

Central park in New York City, New York, United States
If you are ever in “the city that never sleeps” then visit the must sees, like: Central Park, The Statue of Liberty, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, some historical libraries and  universities.


10)  London, England - United Kingdom
Many people love to visit London to see the rich history and the presence of the most diverse cultures as well as societies in the world. The city is known for numerous world class museums, art galleries, educational centers, theatres, parks and architectural sites. These attractions have earned London a spot in the top 15 most beautiful cities in the world. You will never get bored of London, for this two millennia old city has got a wealth of sights for people of all ages.

You will certainly need to make repeat visits to explore the gems of the British capital because one visit is not enough. The most popular tourist destinations are the Tower of London, The Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The British Museum and Tate Modern. London is the global leader in finance, fashion, education, music and science. If you decide to visit, make sure to pack an umbrella, coat and scarf for the unpredictable rainy days.


The Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge in London, England
You will never get bored of London, for this two millennia old city has got a wealth of sights for people of all ages.


Buckingham Palace in London, England
The most popular tourist destinations are the Tower of London, The Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

Attractions: The Tower of London, The British Museum, Parliament (Big Ben), Buckingham Palace, Tate Modern, The National History Museum, Tower Bridge, The Science Museum, various Royal Museums, Greenwich, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The National Library, Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, Hyde Park and Oxford Street.


9)  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – South America
Rio de Janeiro is the cultural capital of Brazil that is famous for its magnificent laid back beaches, stunning natural beauty,  lush rainforests, stretched green mountains, breathtaking landscapes, festivals, street dances and food. Every year the Rio Carnival is thrown, which is one of the world's most popular and largest carnivals.

In addition to amazing daytime tourist attractions, the nightlife of Rio de Janeiro is one of the most exciting and best in the world. The city is situated at the most spectacular natural setting that allows visitors to view the scenic attractions, including pristine beaches, tropical forests and the beautiful sea from almost all angles. Its friendly residents express a laid back attitude to compliment the fair weather. glitz, high fashion and colorful parties that dominate the area’s cultural life. No wonder the city allures millions of tourists every year.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is the cultural capital of Brazil that is famous for its magnificent laid back beaches, stunning natural beauty,  lush rainforests, stretched green mountains, breathtaking landscapes, festivals, street dances and food.

Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Every year the Rio Carnival is thrown, which is one of the world's most popular and largest carnivals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Attractions: Ipanema Beach, Copacabana Beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Mountain, Barra Beach, Botanical Garden, Christ the Redeemer, Samba, and a vast choice of phenomenal street foods.


8)  Istanbul, Turkey
It is the only city on Earth that sits on two continents, portraying glorious history, heritage and culture. Istanbul is home to many magnificent, old and modern architectural wonders. There are numerous sites of historical importance and bazaars to explore. The area also has lovely restaurants and cafés to eat great food. Istanbul has the biggest closed bazaar in the world and Turkish food is world-class because of the variety as well as taste.

The city was named Istanbul in 1453 and was formerly known as Constantinople, before that it was called Byzantium. Even before Istanbul was given the name, the metropolis held rich culture and historical heritage. The modern city has magnificent buildings, endless shops, a pleasant climate, great cuisines, friendly people and an exciting nightlife. These are just a few things that make this city one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world.


The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
 Istanbul, Turkey is home to many magnificent, old and modern architectural wonders.

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul has the biggest closed bazaar in the world and Turkish food is world-class because of the variety as well as taste.
By espiritu_protector, via Wikimedia Commons

Attractions: Hippodrome, The Topkapi Palace, The Grand Bazaar, Suleiman Mosque, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, and The Bosphorus Bridge.


7)  Rome, Italy
Rome has such a rich history that it's hard to find the words to describe the beauty, one must experience the essence for themselves. Known as “the city of seven hills” and situated by the Tiber River, Rome is a city of magnificent squares as well as monuments with classical architecture. The ancient landmarks are endless and most include charming streets, lanes as well as lovely homes with flower boxes. The city itself is a legacy of the ancient and the modern world. It is the place where you see historical art at its finest reflected in its classical, imperial Roman renaissance.

Rome is one of the most historical places in the world that is famous for its ancient monuments, paintings, and cultures. For centuries, Rome was the principal city on the planet. It is full of ancient architecture embedded into its buildings, streets and landscapes. Make sure to explore the famous pizzas of Rome at various restaurants for authentic taste.

Ariel view of Saint Peter's Square and The Vatican in Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy  is one of the most historical places in the world that is famous for its ancient monuments, paintings, and cultures.

Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
 For centuries, Rome was the principal city on the planet. It is full of ancient architecture embedded into its buildings, streets and landscapes.

Attractions: The Colosseum, The Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Galleria Borghese, Ponte Sisto Stroll, Gianicolo, The Circus Maximus, Trevi Fountain, and The Vatican Museums, which include the Sistine Chapel.


6)  Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is famous for its artistic design and strikingly elegant architectural works. There are also magnificent palaces, majestic buildings, rich museums, art galleries and picturesque cobbled streets. The city has a very rustic history that blends with modern and old eclectic buildings. Amsterdam is known as the “Venice of the North”  and is full of beautiful canals, parks, gardens, bicyclists as well as flower markets. It is also known as the most liberal city in the world with an extravagant nightlife, cannabis coffee shops and red-light districts that draw people from all over.

The canals are aligned with thousands of historic buildings and monuments being used as apartments, offices, restaurants, cafés as well as brothels. All of these diverse landscapes have formed an aesthetic uniformity, making it one of the most charming cities to visit.

Amsterdam, Neitherlands
Amsterdam, Neitherlands  is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is famous for its artistic design and strikingly elegant architectural works

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands with portrait of Queen Beatrix
Amsterdam, Netherlands is known as the “Venice of the North”  and is full of beautiful canals, parks, gardens, bicyclists as well as flower markets.

Attractions: Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank’s House, The Van Gogh Museum, Dam Square, and The Amsterdam Museum.


5)  Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and it's split into two cities by the Danube River, which is one of the most famous European rivers. Buda is the old town with a magnificent royal palace located on a hill filled with beautiful baroque and gothic structures. Some monuments overlook the 19th century area of the city that is called Pest, which has elegant neo-renaissance buildings, broad avenues, modern and rustic houses. The two cities, Buda and Pest,  have been connected by the amazing bridge called the Chain Bridge. Budapest is filled with lovely old homes, palaces, museums, romantic walkways, great restaurants and intimate cafés.


Hungarian Parliament and the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and it's split into two cities by the Danube River, which is one of the most famous European rivers.

The Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary
The two cities, Buda and Pest,  have been connected by the amazing bridge called the Chain Bridge.

Attractions: The Castle District, The Hungarian Parliment, The Danube Promenade, The Chain Bridge, Gresham Palace, Central Market Hall, Margaret Island, Fisherman's Bastian, New York Palace, and St. Stephen’s Basilica.


4)  Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with stunning pastel colored buildings and streets that have a gorgeous appearance, it's also one of the places on the top 15 list that is less talked about by the media. The city is situated on a series of hills by the Tagus River and every block has a rich story to tell along with lovely natural landscapes. It has some of the most well preserved mediaeval architectures embedded into the historic museums, galleries and other structures. The glamorous capital Portugal is full of charm, contemporary culture, magnificent buildings and easy-going locals all year.

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with stunning pastel colored buildings and streets that have a gorgeous appearance, it's also one of the places on the top 15 list that is less talked about by the media.

Fairy Palace in Sintra, located in Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal is a city that  is situated on a series of hills by the Tagus River and every block has a rich story to tell along with lovely natural landscapes.


Attractions:
Praca do Comercio in Baixa, Sintra, the District of Alfama, Torre do Belém, Museu Gulbenkian, the classic wooden Tram 28 rides.


3)  Florence, Italy
Florence is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the world where you can see artistic beauty and architectural masterpieces. Some creative works include: numerous statues, sculptures, palaces, museums, art galleries, buildings and churches. Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance era, which makes it one of the most romantic places on earth. The fabulous designs and colored old buildings will captivate anyone’s eyes. You will be amazed by what you will view if you visit.

Some of the most well preserved historical landmarks still stand in Florence. The city is full of remarkable gardens, bridges, and wonderful art, making it a perfect place for tourists. There are also a number of designer shops, boutiques, restaurants and petite cafés. If you are looking for a story-book cityscape, then look no further, it's such a bright place that people fall in love with instantly.

Florence, Italy
Some of the most well preserved historical landmarks still stand in Florence.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy
 Some creative works include: numerous statues, sculptures, palaces, museums, art galleries, buildings and churches in Florence, Italy,

Attractions: The Galleria degli Uffizi, The National Museum of the Bargello, The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, The Academia, and Pitti Palace.


2)  Paris, France
Paris is often called “the city of love” because of the romantic settings portraying pretty lights and romantic cafés. It is also called “the city of light and culture” that has attracted millions of tourist over time. It has an amazing wealth of attractions suitable for people of all ages and is located on the River Seine.  Paris is full of magnificent libraries, museums, monumental squares, boulevards, restaurants and galleries. Visitors can enjoy the fantastic view of the area by taking a River Seine boat tour.

If you like museums, Le Louvre is arguably the best museum in the world, containing many of the world-famous historic art collections. Paris is said to be the culinary capital of the world because of its divine French cuisines, it's also called the fashion capital of the world for it's elite collection of fashion designers and fashion shows. It is always recommended to speak a word or two in French when initiating a conversation or asking for directions when you travel here.


Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
Paris is often called “the city of love” because of the romantic settings portraying pretty lights and romantic cafés.

Notre Dame in Paris, France
 Paris is full of magnificent libraries, museums, monumental squares, boulevards, restaurants and galleries.

Attractions:  The Eiffel Tower, The Le Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Les Champs-Elysées, Musée d’Orsay, Musée d’Art Moderne, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre lined streets, cuisine café’s, La Sainte Chapelle, and Les Bateaux Mouche (a trip on the Seine River boat tour).


1)  Venice, Italy
Venice is full of amazing beauty, floating on the water with unique works of art all over. It is listed as “the most beautiful city in the world” because of the overwhelming sights showing the cultural landscapes that are reflected in every object one can see. It has such a delightful, natural essence that it is simply breathtaking! Words cannot describe the way you will feel when you see all Venice has to offer and the memories will last forever. There are many aliases for Venice, including: “The City of Water,” “The City of Canals” and “The City of Bridges.”

The city looks as if it is virtually floating on water, there are hundreds of canals that criss-crossed throughout this wonderful metropolis that makes itt rich in beauty. In addition to enjoying the reflections on the water, one can also view the cultural art and architecture. This Italian paradise is also an ideal place for honeymooners to visit due to the magical scenery romantic works of art. The museums and galleries are just as fascinating to enjoy.

Attractions: The famous canals, medieval footpaths, stonework around homes and buildings, St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge, and the streets of Burano Island.

Venice, Italy
Venice is full of amazing beauty, floating on the water with unique works of art all over.

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy
In addition to enjoying the reflections on the water, one can also view the cultural art and architecture in Venice, Italy.


Final Words
There are many more beautiful cities across the world that can also be included on this top list; however these 15 are the most popular amongst tourists. If you have not visited any on the list then you should save up your cash for the next vacation to one of these glorious spots. Whether you are traveling alone or with family and friends, make sure you have all the essentials with you. Try to savor every moment you spend in these beautiful cities by taking photos and being friendly with the locals as much as possible to enjoy an unforgettable experience in your lifetime.

Do you have a favorite city you think could fit in this list? Please let us know all about it in the comments below.


 

 

 

 

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