As travelling is everything to me and I am obsessed with the world we live in, I have complied a list of my top 10 cities in the world. It was extremely difficult for me to choose just ten, however these are definitely one of a kind destinations, places that I have visited and loved, or places that i dream of travelling to one day. What would be your top 10? Here are mine…
#1 New York City, United States of America
The best way to experience the true beauty of The Big Apple is by taking a stroll down the beautiful streets of the famous city, like a true New Yorker. With its compact size it is jammed packed with amazing modern day and historical architecture, incredible art galleries and museums, as well as some of the best restaurants in the world. A city filled with history and charm, there are always plenty to do, such as see the amazing views of the city skyline from the One World Trade Observatory or the Empire State Building or take a bike ride through the most popular park in the world – Central Park. This city always seems to amaze, even during the colder months, were the true beauty of the city is exposed.
#2 Cape Town, South Africa
The coming together of cultures, cuisines and landscape – there is nowhere quiet like Cape Town. The beautiful city is surrounded by the stunning Table Mountain National Park. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbour and boats heading for Robben Island, and the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. The city has recently been booming with tourism and continues to surprise and excite visitors with their unique and picturesque views.
#3 Florence, Italy
The birthplace of the Renaissance, is home to many architectural masterpieces within the Tuscany region. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. Enjoying great food and excellent wine in Florence is not difficult at all. Aside from trying out the places that are often recommended in the guide books, just walk down any street and select any restaurant that seems appealing and you’ll surely have a great meal.
#4 Seoul, South Korea
This huge metropolitan city is home to plenty of modern skyscrapers, high-tech subways and pop culture meets Buddhist temples, palaces and street markets. Seoul is heaven to passionate foodies with their vast array of restaurants, street markets and food trucks, there is no shortage of food that will tantalize your taste buds. Notable attractions include the Seoullo 7017, Cheong-gye-cheon, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple, just to name a few.
#5 Vienna, Austria
With its rambling palaces, winding cobbled lanes, elegant coffee houses and cosy wood-panelled Viennese dining establishments, Vienna is infused with history. Yet it’s also at the cutting edge of design, architecture, contemporary art, and new directions in drinking and dining. Whether for fast-track travel or slow-paced sightseeing, and regardless of how many times you’ve been before, there’s a seemingly never-ending wealth of things to do and see throughout the year.
#6 Vancouver, Canada
Surrounded by mountains, Vancouver is meant to be experienced outdoors. Even though the city does lack a lot of history, it compensates for its scenery and breathtaking views. The city also has a thriving art, theatre and music scene, and has been the backdrop of many major motion pictures, such as the Twilight series, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tomorrowland and two of the Percy Jackson movies, just to name a few. Vancouver is also a hub for adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting and skiing are also very popular activities among visitors.
#7 Havana, Cuba
The Cuban capital city oozes with olden day charm and a great collaboration of new and exciting culture. With its old cars that fill the city streets, unique architecture and history, the city is vibrant and full of fun. The cities history and culture can be found all over, especially in the heart of the Museum of the Revolution, La Cabana and the Castillo de la Real Fuerza – just to name some of the most popular museums. The country is also a major tourist hub for foodies, with authentic cuban food served around every corner.
#8 Reykjavik, Iceland
On the coast of the ice country, the capital is full to the brim of colour buildings, quirky people and eye-catching design. The city is rich in culture, history, and culinary delights. Reykjavik is also home to some insane night life in Iceland, that includes wild festivals that show-case a number of international and home-grown DJ’s and bands. The city that is surrounded by snow-capped mountains never seems to amaze, especially during the months of October through to March, where the Northern Lights make an appearance. This truely magical natural attraction is a must-have on all travellers bucket lists.
#9 Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is a city that has managed to marry their traditional customs with the modern world. From their neon-lit skyscrapers to their historic temples, the city still remains full of culture and rich history. The city has always, and will always push the boundaries in areas such as architecture, fine dining, fashion and pop-culture and that is what makes Tokyo so different from any other city in the world. It is also a city that never has a dull moment, with a large number of festivals being held throughout the entire year, which makes the city liven with excitement.
#10 Magallanes Region, Chile
With some of the most picturesque views in the southern hemisphere, it is unfortunate that not a lot of people have heard of the Magellanes Region, or even considered Chile as a tourist destination, however you make want to think again. The rugged, weather-battered land leads visitors to feel almost isolated from the rest of the world, which is a major draw card for a lot of adventurous travellers. With kind-hearted locals, authentic Chile cuisine and a lot of natural attractions to get around to see, make this city a truely one of a kind experience. Now I think I’ll let the image below do the talking.