|By: Sha - at March 2, 2014
Top 15 Most Beautiful Cities in the World
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
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.
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
Attractions: Streets Beach, Treasury Building, Gabba, The Museum of
Brisbane, Southbank Beach, Do The Loop, and the City Botanical Gardens.
Southbank Beach in Brisbane, Australia
14) Cape Town, South
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
Attractions: Table Mountain, Boulder Beach, Robben Island, Cape
Winelands, Bo-Kaap, and lots of open space.
Cape Town, South Africa areal view
Bo Kaap in Cape Town, South Africa
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
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
China Town in San Francisco, California, United States
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
Central park in New York City, New York, United States
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,
Buckingham Palace in London, England
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
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 Carnival 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
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey
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
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,
Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy
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.
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
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.
Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands with portrait of
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
The Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary
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.
Fairy Palace in Sintra, located in Lisbon, Portugal
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.
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore 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
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
Notre Dame in Paris, France
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
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.
St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy
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
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
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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