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25 Most Popular Cities to Visit in the World
Millions of people on the travel site TripAdvisor voted Marrakech, Siem Reap and Istanbul as the top three destinations in the world.
Here’s a look at TripAdvisor’s 25 most popular cities to visit!
Marrakech is known as the “red city” for its rose-colored buildings. The city’s walled medina, or old city, is a UNESCO world heritage site. One-thousand-year-old monuments remain within the medina, including the Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah, and several gardens. Today, the medina is a crowded marketplace with traditional Moroccan goods for sale. Make sure to visit the Jamaa El Fna Square, an outdoor theater where storytellers and musicians perform.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The small city of Siem Reap is home to Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. Visitors can also see hundreds of ancient Buddhist temples in and around town. After a long day at the temples, tourists can enjoy one of Siem Reap’s many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Turkey’s largest city has one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. As the former capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, Istanbul is a haven for history lovers. Visitors must see Istanbul’s most famous religious buildings: the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. At night, sail on the Bosporus Strait, which separates the European and Asian areas of this extraordinary city. All who visit Istanbul should try the sweets called Turkish delights and some extra-strong Turkish coffee.
Vietnam’s capital has tree-lined streets, lakes, and some 600 temples and pagodas. Visitors should not miss the Temple of Literature. It was built in the year 1070. It is one of several temples in Vietnam dedicated to Confucius. Another local advises a slow walk down the Old Quarter’s coffee street. Enjoy a cup of local coffee while there. She also suggests visiting the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake, one of the prettiest places in central Hanoi.
Prague, Czech Republic
This Eastern European city is the modern capital of the Czech Republic and the historical capital of the kingdom of Bohemia. Walk across the Charles Bridge and visit the John Lennon Wall to get a sense of the city’s quiet revolutionary soul. From the unique art of David Cerny — often hidden in plain sight — to the growing counterculture scene, Prague is full of surprises.
The largest city in Western Europe is a world capital of culture and fashion. Visitors can tour rooms in Buckingham Palace, the official home of the Queen of England. They can investigate the Sherlock Holmes Museum or walk across Abbey Road, just like the band The Beatles did in 1969. And make sure to check the time at the famous clock tower, Big Ben.
The 2,500 year-old-city is a perfect destination for history lovers. For centuries, visitors have flocked to its famous sites: the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and more. Within Rome is Vatican City, the smallest independent state in the world. Only about 800 people live there, and only about half of them are citizens. It is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and ruled by Pope Francis. The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica are favorite sites.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Romance is in the air in South America’s most European-style city. The city is known for wide streets, beautiful cafes and exciting social life. Take a walk through the historic San Telmo on a Sunday and you will see couples dancing the tango, Argentina’s famed dance. If you like soccer, don’t miss the famous La Bombonera stadium, home of the Boca Juniors soccer club.
The French capital is often called the most beautiful city in the world. Known as the City of Light, Paris is home to some of world’s most-visited tourist sites, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, Moulin Rouge, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Escape the crowds and feel like a Parisian at one of the city’s many sidewalk cafes. Sip on an espresso and people-watch for a more relaxed way to get to know the city.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town shines at the southern point of the African continent. Explore Table Mountain National Park, which stretches along the Atlantic coast from Signal Hill to Cape Point. At Boulders Beach near Cape Point, share the sands with nearly 3,000 African penguins. Within the national park is Lion’s Head peak. Walk up Lion’s Head for excellent views of the coast and Robben Island, which held Nelson Mandela as a political prisoner for 27 years.
New York City, United States
More than 50 million people visit New York City every year. The five areas of New York have many of the most recognized attractions in the world. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to get a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. Or observe the city, like King Kong, from the top of the Empire State Building. Eat famous New York pizza or bagels. Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry or a run in the 340-hectare Central Park. And make sure to visit the internationally- known Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This Alpine Swiss city is most famous for the Matterhorn, a huge, jagged mountain with one of the highest summits in Europe. In its shadow is tiny Zermatt, a car-free town of just over 5,000 people. While winter is the most popular time for world-class skiing, summer is a great time to hike the surrounding Alps.
This magical city in the Catalonia region of Spain has everything from expansive beaches to never-ending tapas to Antoni Gaudi’s imaginative architecture. Take an hour long train ride to the mountain of Montserrat and see the amazing rock formations that influenced Gaudi’s work.
This city is home to Goreme National Park, an open-air museum and UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the 10th and 11th-century cave churches that display rare examples of Byzantine art. Goreme is a popular destination for backpackers – travelers often on months-long trips. The area is also an excellent place to enjoy Turkish food and wine.
Tourists flood this village on the Indonesian island of Bali. Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book Eat, Pray, Love featured the quiet place. Meet monkeys up close at Ubud’s famous Sacred Monkey Forest. Then take a walk through small villages and rice paddies. Finish your day with a traditional Balinese music and dance performance.
The former capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco welcomes many tourists on their walk up to Machu Picchu. The remains of that ancient Incan city are high in the Peruvian Andes mountains. Cusco is also close to many other historic sites and ruins, including Sacsayhuaman. The walled complex was the location of a bloody fight between Inca leaders and Spanish conquerors in 1536.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Founded in 1703, St. Petersburg was the imperial capital for two centuries. The city offers a calm beauty and a wide collection of priceless art. The Hermitage Museum’s permanent collection alone includes more than three million works of art. Night owls should make sure to stay up late for the raising of the bridges.
Thailand’s capital is one of the most tourist-friendly places in Southeast Asia. This city has possibilities for every interest and budget. Bangkok’s numerous Buddhist temples and royal palaces will keep tourists busy for days. Whether in a fine restaurant or from a street cook, Thai food is some of the best in the world. For a different view of the city, take a canal tour.
On April 25th, a strong earthquake killed thousands and destroyed many ancient sites in Nepal’s capital. Efforts are underway to save and repair many of the Hindu and Buddhist temple complexes throughout the city. Kathmandu has recovered from devastating earthquakes in the past. In 1934, an earthquake destroyed much of the city. Over the next few years, Kathmandu will rise again.
It is the birthplace of Western civilization now almost 4,000 years old. Explore the Acropolis in Athens, then visit the new Acropolis Museum to truly appreciate the ancient settlement. Walk in Socrates’ footsteps around the Agora, the center of social activity in ancient Greece. Beyond the Acropolis visitors explore the flea markets of Monastiraki and Plaka.
Budapest is known as the city of naturally warm pools of water called spas. The Hungarian capital features 16th-century Turkish pools as well as neo-baroque medicinal spas. Check out Rudas Baths, a thermal bath built in 1550 during Ottoman rule. Beautiful Budapest is also a long-time “foodie city.” Try local specialties like Hungarian goulash, rich with beef, onions, potatoes, and spices.
Queenstown, New Zealand
On New Zealand’s beautiful South Island, Queenstown is one of the top places in the world for hiking, boating, and skiing. Nearby Milford Sound offers the peaceful beauty for which New Zealand is famous. Perhaps, the most famous New Zealand product is the Lord of the Rings movies. Take a road trip and explore places where the movie was filmed.
Hong Kong, China
Excellent food, high fashion, and extraordinary skylines are just some of what Hong Kong provides. Eat lunch at a traditional dim sum teahouse. Go shopping at Mong Kok, one of the most densely populated places on Earth, or just enjoy the city’s super modern architecture.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is a city famous for luxury goods. One of its shopping centers even has an indoor ski slope! Dubai is also home of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. And the Burj Al-Arab hotel is on an artificial island in the Arabian Sea.
The capital of New South Wales offers historical and modern attractions that keep travelers busy for days. Sydney’s Opera House, with its sail-like appearance, is a must for visitors. Also, try the top of the Sydney Tower Eye to get a bird’s eye look at the city. Then explore Sydney’s many appealing neighborhoods.
Credits: VoA, AP
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