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Top 10 Must-Visit Cities Around the World

VO: Rebecca Brayton
If you’re planning a round-the-world trip, you’ll need an itinerary! For this list, we picked cities based on how beautiful they are, how fun they are and how much they have to offer tourists in the way of cuisine, must-see attractions and overall vibe. Be sure to also check out our list of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Tourist Destinations. In this video, counts down our picks for Top 10 Must-Visit Cities Around the World. Special thanks to our users mattwatchmojo, Jamesfan1991, akt, Ralph Joseph and Romans Ruff for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Must-Visit Cities Around the World

If you’re planning a round-the-world trip, you’ll need an itinerary! Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 must-visit cities around the world.

For this list, we picked cities based on how beautiful they are, how fun they are and how much they have to offer tourists in the way of cuisine, must-see attractions and overall vibe.

#10: Berlin, Germany

Once a divided city, Berlin is now bursting with culture, architecture, attractions and festivals for visitors to take in. From the institutions on Museum Island, to historical sites like the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall memorial and the many town squares, to the never-ending parties of city’s many clubs, there’s something to keep visitors occupied day and night. The beer and cuisine in this city go hand-in-hand to give tourists a taste of authentic Germany. A meeting place of old and new, charm and fortitude, Berlin allows travelers to live history on its streets.

#9: Barcelona, Spain

This Spanish city’s reputation for football fandom precedes it, as does its identity as a region that honors both its past and future. Nestled by the Mediterranean Sea and theSerra de Collserola mountain range, Barcelona’s views are spectacular, its climate is warm and its beaches are breathtaking; but it’s much more than natural beauty. There are also cathedrals and churches galore, stadiums that’ve hosted World Cup matches and Olympic Games, and stunning architecture everywhere you turn. And at night, the city’s tapas bars and restaurants entice visitors to savor some of the local flavors.

#8: Tokyo, Japan

A mixture of the old world and futuristic technologies, Tokyo is one of the only places you can see a traditional kabuki show one minute, then find yourself looking at cutting-edge fashion in the Harajuku neighborhood the next. Packed with people, skyscrapers and one of the world’s most state-of-the-art mass-transit networks, you’ll also want to take in traditional Japanese culture while visiting by way of local shrines, shows and markets. And let’s not forget the food! Tokyo is a world capital for cuisine, with almost double the Michelin stars of Paris’ restaurants!

#7: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Named for its beginnings as a dam on the Amstel River, this water-based city is a feat in both architecture and beauty. Nicknamed the “Venice of the North” due to its many canals, Amsterdam offers a great balance between nature and man-made creations, as well as historical and contemporary style. Whether you travel on-foot, by boat, by car, or by bike, you can see the world’s oldest stock exchange, the Anne Frank House, and the Van Gogh Museum. And we can’t discuss Amsterdam without mentioning its famous Red Light District and marijuana cafés.

#6: Rome, Italy

Founded in 753BC, this modern and innovative city allows visitors a view of the past. Known for its fashion, art, and sites like the Colosseum, it’s considered one of the birthplaces if Western civilization. Rome is also an important religious destination for those interested in the Catholic Church, as the city shaped Christianity as a whole. But a visit to this popular Italian city would be incomplete without a glimpse of the Roman way of life – and food, drink, cinema and opera are all essential aspects that cannot be missed. After all, when in Rome…

#5: Istanbul, Turkey

East meets west in Turkey’s largest city. A cultural and economic hub, Istanbul is a transcontinental city that boasts because it spans the Bosphorus strait. With historical importance as the capital city of four former empires, this Turkish delight is teeming with relics of those civilizations in the form of art and architecture – and its mosques and churches are just a few examples. With friendly locals, its Grand Bazaar, and countless minarets dotting the skyline, Istanbul was named the European Capital of Culture in 2010 – meaning it remains a world-class tourist destination.

#4: Shanghai, China

Another bright, bustling Asian metropolis, Shanghai is home to more people than any other city in China, with over 24-million calling it home. While Beijing and Hong Kong are also worth visiting, Shanghai is a beautiful mix of tradition and modernity. As fast-paced as its magnetic-levitation train, this financial capital lies at the mouth of the longest river in Asia, the Yangtze. Considered the place of origin of everything modern within China, as well as the birthplace of literature, cinema and theater, Shanghai’s museums, historical destinations and temples are all must-see sights.

#3: London, England, UK

Founded by the Romans roughly two millennia ago, London is a world capital in terms of culture, finance, tourism, and by almost any other standard. A great city to visit for a living history lesson, sights like the Globe Theatre, the Tower of London and the many museums offer visitors a taste of the old world, while tourist standards like Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace are also unmissable. A fascinatingly diverse city with people from all around, you can enjoy of London from high above via the London Eye. Well, all except the pubs, that is.

#2: New York City, USA

The city so nice they named it twice, New York New York is the city that never sleeps and the Big Apple, among its many monikers. If you’re interested in visiting a world capital that wields influence over everything from commerce to cuisine, fashion to finance, politics to technology, NYC is your place. The gateway to the land of opportunity, it’s been influenced culturally by its status as the primary access point for immigration to the U.S. Easy to get navigate due to its grid-like design, visitors can find their way to countless world-famous landmarks in any number of distinctive neighborhoods in a New York minute.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

- Sydney, Australia
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Vancouver, Canada
- Bangkok, Thailand

#1: Paris, France

Timeless in its elegance and consistent center of enlightenment throughout its history, the City of Light may be for lovers, but it’s much more than that. The perfect spot to experience the old-world charm of Europe since the city’s main architecture has remained mostly unchanged; Paris is at once grand and intimate, with impressive structures like the Eiffel Tower and l’Arc de Triomphe standing near small cafés, bookshops and boutiques. If sites like the Louvre or Notre-Dame cathedral don’t appeal to you, the city’s bohemian vibe and unparalleled culinary delights are sure to tickle your fancy.

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