The existence of cities is perhaps one of the most obvious evidences that man has become more civilized than any other known living creatures. Tall buildings, wide roads, long bridges, varieties of imposing structures – no other animal species could ever pull off any such achievement. As a testament to how interesting they are as a race and as a nation, many countries in our planet are endlessly beautifying the cities that they have chosen as their crowning jewel. Which among the following would you declare as the most beautiful?
Undeniably the most popular urban area on the entire planet, this 2-letter abbreviated city is everyone’s dreamland. Beautiful spots, booming businesses, diversified cultures – these are only few of the countless reasons why every living person would want to visit New York City. With more than 8 million people living on it however, visiting it may pose unavoidable downsides: ultra-high cost of living and high crime rates. In spite of this, people still want to visit and live there which will make New York a still very attractive place to live, visit, and thrive in, for the next generations to come.
Area: 468.9 sq mi
As the capital and largest city in the country where it’s at, it is also labeled with prestigious taglines which include: financial hub of Central Europe, one of the most beautiful cities in the continent, and “Europe’s 7th most idyllic place to live,” according to Forbes. So what makes Budapest beautiful? It has a lot to boast for: second largest synagogue, third largest Parliament building, 80 geothermal springs and the world’s largest thermal water cave system – these are only few of what the city has to offer. It’s no wonder it was declared as the 25th most popular city in the world, which lured about 4.4 million tourists a year.
Area: 202.8 sq mi
It started to achieve a level of importance centuries ago when it built and established “The Golden Inlet” – a water passageway that ushered a tidal rise of Belgium’s commercial ventures. Today, it is known to the world because of its emphasis on medieval landmarks and religious-centric architectures like the Church of Our Lady, The Madonna and Child sculpture, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and Saint Salvator’s Cathedral. Such are the attractions of Bruges that made it worthy of recognition of UNESCO’s Word Heritage list.
Area: 53.44 sq mi
The Economist Intelligence Unit, a very prestigious award-giving body that honors outstanding locales on Earth, acknowledged this city as the first city to rank among the top-ten of the world’s most livable cities. Consequently, Vancouver is also consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life by other similar institutions. Still determined to maintain their city’s prominence, the people of Vancouver are currently pursuing its “Greenest City Initiative” which aims to concentrate on managing three major categories: carbon, waste disposal and ecosystem.
Area: 44.39 sq mi
Unanimously regarded as the “Birthplace of the Renaissance,” Florence had a colorful history, which could be declared as more colorful than any other city in the world. In both fiction and actual written history, the city is home to creative minds and brilliant people, most notably the greatest of the Renaissance – Leonardo da Vinci. Such attribution attracts 13 million tourists each year and has made Florence, the flowering city of Italy in terms of art, fashion, architecture, economy, and industry.
Area: 39.54 sq mi
As the cultural and commercial capital of the Netherlands, it is one of the money-generating hubs in Europe, Amsterdam is considered as an alpha world city, which carries the reputation of being a leading city among the others. It has also an array of famous residents like Anne Frank, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, and Baruch Spinoza – famous entities in the fields of literature, art and philosophy. During the 17th century, the city was a topnotch for financing and diamonds. Today, it still one of the most glittering spots in Netherlands and one of the most prosperous in Europe.
Area: 1,175 sq mi
With a winter that is one of the warmest among all the urban areas in the world, this Portuguese capital is an ideal place to visit not only in winter but in other seasons as well. Unlike most capital cities, Lisbon‘s declaration as the capital of its country wasn’t officially confirmed via written form, or in any statute. Its position was formed through constitutional convention, which makes it the capital by default. As one of the oldest cities in the world, it has its prominent spot in commerce, entertainment, international trade and many other crucial worldly aspects that it has earned throughout the centuries.
Area: 1,164 sq mi
20th century Europe was replete with violence and destruction. Such a plague may have shaken Prague, but it didn’t prevent the city from achieving the prominence that it has today. In fact, it has even made the city more historic and more attractive to touring onlookers. Such attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. – picturesque landmarks that no set of eyes would dare turn away from. This is what makes Prague the 5th most visited city in the UK, next to London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome
Country: Czech Republic
Area: 192 sq mi
Often depicted in pop culture and in literature as a city of romance, great sights, and of great acquaintances, Paris is undoubtedly one of the prettiest in the world, not withstanding the fact that it is also one of the most popular. In 2015, its airlines was declared as the 3rd of the busiest in the world, next to Bangkok, and with London before it. This is one solid proof that people of all races really want to go to Paris. With the Eiffel Tower as its most distinguishing landmark, it continues to attract millions of tourists every year who obviously wants to experience the richness, beauty and spectacle of France’s flagship locale.
Area: 1,098.4 sq mi
Not really a city since it is actually a small country within a country, Hong Kong is quite off-putting next to the other cities on this list. With a total land area of 1,106 square kilometers and a population of over 7.3 million of various nationalities, it is known as the world’s fourth most densely populated sovereign state or territory. Within this city, which is also being referred as an autonomous territory, is the convergence of various cultures, with British and Chinese as the most evident. In spite of its weather volatility and war-infested history, Hong Kong is still one of the best-looking and safest cities, making it an ideal spot for world-touring people from relatively everywhere.
Area: 427 sq mi
Which among these should be ranked as No. 1?