The 25 Most Beautiful Cities in the World To Visit

Planning a city break? With tens of thousands of cities around the globe, narrowing the list is no easy feat. It all comes down to what you want in a city trip. Are you after a modern metropolis with soaring skyscrapers? Or an outdoor adventure with awe-inspiring nature? How about stunningly preserved art and architecture? No matter what you're after, you'll find it in our list of the 25 most beautiful cities in the world to visit. 

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1. Jaipur, India

The Pink City tops our list of the most beautiful cities in the world. Named for its blush-colored buildings, Jaipur is one of India's most picturesque locales. Admire the Hawa Mahal's (Palace of the Winds) intricate red and pink sandstone facade. And be sure to visit the Jal Mahal (Water Palace), an ethereal grand palace that appears to float atop Man Sagar Lake.

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2. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is known for its Gaudi architecture, labyrinth Gothic Quarter, and golden-sand beaches (to name a few). Stroll the Catalan capital's cobbled streets to view iconic Gaudi landmarks like La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, and La Pedrera. Then head uphill to Park Güell for an epic view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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3. Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand, is bursting with natural beauty. The city sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, a glacial lake that reflects the surrounding mountain range. Dubbed the "adventure capital of the world," it's the ideal destination for thrill-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. Take the Queenstown Hill walk, a favorite with locals that serves up breathtaking views of the city below.

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4. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is another one of the most beautiful cities in the world for its unique blend of European and Asian cultural influences. Here, you can explore breathtaking historical sites like the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace and up-and-coming neighborhoods like Balat, with its multicolored buildings and Instagrammable rainbow stairs.

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5. Paris, France

The City of Light is an absolute must on a list of the most beautiful cities in the world. Paris oozes romance and charm with its Haussman-era architecture, tree-lined boulevards, and iconic landmarks (Notre Dame, Sacré-Coeur, and the Eiffel Tower are just a few). Stroll along the Seine and explore the city's neighborhoods, each with its own unique flair.

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6. Porto, Portugal

Porto makes our list of the most beautiful cities in the world for its tiled architecture, stunning sunsets, and UNESCO-listed old town. Admire São Bento station's mosaicked interior (made with over 20,000 ceramic tiles), stop in at the ornate Lello bookshop, and cross the Dom Luís I bridge to Jardim do Morro for a spectacular sunset view.

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7. Cartagena, Colombia

Next up on our list of the most beautiful cities in the world: Cartagena, Colombia. Stroll its UNESCO-listed old town's cobbled streets and admire the colorful colonial architecture, bougainvillea-draped balconies, and palm-lined plazas. For a dip in the Caribbean, head to the Rosario Islands, a truly stunning tropical paradise that's well worth the day trip.

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8. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada, is another one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This coastal city, backed by lush forests and a dramatic mountainscape, it's world-famous for its natural beauty. Vancouver is the ideal place to experience the great outdoors. Add Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains, Deep Cove, and Capilano Suspension Bridge to your must-see list.

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9. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is another city renowned for its natural beauty. The South African city has it all: spectacular mountains, world-famous beaches, rolling vineyards, and craggy coastlines. Hike to the peak of 260-million-year-old Table Mountain, wander Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and take a winding drive along the ruggedly beautiful Cape Peninsula. 

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10. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio's jungle-covered mountains, legendary beaches, and gorgeous parks and gardens make it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Stroll the beachside promenade from Copacabana to Ipanema, explore iconic sites like Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado, and see tropical flora and fauna up close in Parque Nacional da Tijuca and Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro.

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11. Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is another one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Japan's imperial city is home to some 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines, and 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stroll its leafy streets and riverbanks, illuminated with lanterns. If you're there during cherry blossom season, head to Kyoto Botanical Garden and Philosopher's Path for an afternoon of hanami.

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12. Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is next on our list of the most beautiful cities in the world. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is nestled in Laos' northern mountains and is a fusion of Buddhist traditions, French-colonial history, and breathtaking nature. Trails wind through a lush landscape, leading to 33 ancient temples, including the spectacular Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thon.

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13. Chefchaouen, Morocco

Morocco's "Blue Pearl" is another one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Tucked in Morocco's Rif Mountains, this 15th-century city is awash with shades of blue. Get lost in the medina's sky-blue alleyways and climb its steep, cobbled lanes to the Spanish Mosque, one of the best scenic viewpoints in the city.

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14. Hội An, Vietnam

Hội An is one of the jewels of Vietnam. The riverside city's stunningly preserved old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with historic houses, temples, pagodas, and a 17th-century bridge. The best way to explore Hội An is by bicycle. Hop on a bike and streets lined with lanterns and sunshine-yellow buildings. It's easily one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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15. Edinburgh, Scotland

Next up, Edinburgh. The Scottish capital makes our list of the most beautiful cities in the world for its dramatic landscape, Victorian architecture, and 12th-century castle. Roam Holyrood Park, a 263-hectare expanse of moorland, lochs, and cliffs, and hike Arthur's Seat for a panoramic view of the city. Then wander the Royal Mile's ancient cobbled streets toward Edinburgh Castle.

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16. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende is undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The 500-year-old city is a spellbinding maze of Spanish Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, and tree-lined courtyards. Wind your way toward the historic town center, where you'll find La Parroquia, a striking pink church that towers above the central plaza.

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17. Bruges, Belgium

Charming Bruges is next on our list of the most beautiful cities in the world. With peaceful tree-lined canals, cobblestone streets, and medieval architecture, it's a true travel gem. Cruise the Groenerei, a lovely canal bordered by 17th-century residences and crisscrossed by ancient bridges. Head to the Markt, the historic central square, to people-watch from an outdoor café.

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18. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is one of the most beautiful cities in the world — and this is true for any season you visit. In the winter, hit the slopes of the snow-capped Alps, and in summer, spend days cruising Lake Zurich and hiking in nearby valleys. During your stay, be sure to explore the historic Altstadt (old town) and head to the top of Lindenhof Hill for a scenic view of the Limmat River and the city below.

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19. Rome, Italy

The Eternal City is next on our list of the most beautiful cities in the world. Rome is chock-full of world-class art and architecture, historical landmarks, and next-level food. Wander the city's historic center, stopping at the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Spanish Steps. Explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum, and climb Palatine Hill for a sweeping view of the city.

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Related: Italy Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

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20. Bergen, Norway

Bergen's spectacular setting lands it on our list of the most beautiful cities in the world. Nicknamed the "Heart of the Fjords," it's situated between two of Norway's biggest fjords and surrounded by the dramatic Seven Mountains. While there, take the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen, visit UNESCO-listed Bryggen, and explore the glacial landscape by boat.

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21. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Next up: Buenos Aires, Argentina. This cosmopolitan city is a stunning blend of European and Latin influences, from Parisan-style manors and leafy boulevards to bustling street markets and intimate tango cafés. Each neighborhood has its own flavor — wander San Telmo's historic streets, admire La Boca's colorful architecture, wander Recoleta's famed cemetery, and more.

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22. Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia, is another one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its harbor reason alone to visit — wander the waterfront, then take a boat or ferry to cruise beneath the Harbour Bridge and admire the Sydney Opera House. You'll find gorgeous trails and beaches along the coast, from legendary surf spots like Bondi Beach to local favorites like Bronte and Balmoral.

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23. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm El Sheikh also makes our list of the most beautiful cities in the world. Located in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula, it's known for its white sandy beaches, clear waters, and stunning coral reefs. Dive among tropical fish, dolphins, and even sharks in (aptly named) Shark Bay. And hike to the peak of Mount St. Catherine for a sunrise or sunset view of the landscape.

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Related: Sharm El Sheikh Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

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24. New York City, USA

New York is another one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city is full of spectacular views, including none other than its legendary skyline. Architecture buffs will love the Flatiron Building and One World Trade Center. For art lovers, the Met, MoMA, and Frick. And we can't forget Central Park — a green oasis in the middle of the bustling city.

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25. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is the last stop on our list of the most beautiful cities in the world. One of Europe's oldest cities, Prague is a mix of stunningly preserved Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau architecture. Visit landmarks like the Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square, and the Charles Bridge. Looking for a birds-eye view? Climb one of the city's 120 towers to see the city from above.

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