The well known travel page Tripadvisor has, based on millions of reviews, chosen the 2014 Travellers choice of Top 25 Destinations in the World.
The places to put on your travel list now are:
1. Istanbul, Turkey
Being one of the largest city in the world, it is the financial and cultural hub of Turkey. Istanbul is the bridge between Asia and Europe.
Don’t miss: Hagia Sofia, Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Maiden Tower and the many museums showing the art and history of the city.
Be sure to visit a Hamam for a refreshing bath!
2. Rome, Italy
Rome is the capital of Italy and the biggest city in the country with more than 3.8 million inhabitants in the rural area. Rome has existed for about 2800 years and it has had a great influence on the world, both on culture, politics and religion. Rome is a global city and has many sights to visit; such as millennium-old churches, monuments, statues, fountains, ruins and palaces. In is one of the most visited cities in Europe with its rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Don’t miss out on: delicious ice cream, rejuvenating coffee, thick creamy hot chocolate
Remember to visit: the Vatican, Pantheon, Colosseum, the many piazzi, the abundance of churches and small winding streets
Rome is a beautiful place to stroll around, especially the old part of the city.
Most of the streets, whether big or narrow, will lead you onto a large or small square with either or both several churches, fountains and palaces.
3. London, United Kingdom
London is the capital of England and of the United Kingdom. It has been a well known city for two millennia’s with the foundation by the Romans, then naming it Londonium. London is today a leading city with strengths in many domains, such as art, education (43 universities), fashion, media etc. More than 8 million live in the city and London has hosted the Summer Olympics three times, last in 2012. London has more than 14 million international visitors every year, this makes it the most visited city in Europe.
Don’t miss: Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Notting Hill, Camden Market, Trafalgar Square, the many parks, the variety of shops, Big Ben and the many many museums.
Try food from all around the globe in the international city
4. Beijing, China
Beijing, also known as Peking, is the capital of China. It is the nation’s political, economic, cultural, educational and international trade and communication center.
Today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.
Don’t miss: the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Ming Tombs.
This is the city where your taste buds will go crazy, for example will you find all kind of insects of a skewer!
5. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, the city of a hundred spires, is the capital city of the Czech Republic, and the largest city in the country.
Prague presents itself to you as a changeable city, which likes to alternate styles: it is romantic and successful, ancient and modern, but above all it is a city that is cosmopolitan through and through, and is used to welcoming foreigners
Don’t miss: Prague Castle, Charles Bridges, Old Town Hall, Prague Ghetto and St Nicholas Church.
6. Marrakech, Marocco
Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Marocco. The city is divided in two: Medina – the historical city with intertwining narrow passageways and local shops full of character. And the new European modern district Gueliz – Ville Nouvelle where you’ll find modern restaurants and big brand stores.
Don’t miss Palmeraie, Djemaa El-Fna, the souks, the many gardens and palaces.
7. Paris, France
Paris, the city of lights, is the capital of France. Located in the north next to the river Seine, Paris has almost 12 million people living in the metropolitan area. For many Paris is the most romantic and most beautiful city of them all.
The city is number two on the list over most Michelin-restaurants.It is the most visited city with an average of 45 million tourists every year.
Don’t miss: the Eiffel Tower, Le Louvre, Champs Elysée, Notre-Dame, Versailles, Montmartre.
All over the city of lights you will find a good selection of restaurants and shopping possibilities.
8. Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the second largest city in the country. The city is a fascinating blend of East and West, showing much of its influences from France. This is a city where the medieval and the modern coexist.
Don’t miss: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, National Museum of Vietnamese history, Hoan Kiem Lake, the many temples and museum in the city.
Remember to explore the Hanoi Street Food and take a ride in a cyclo.
9. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap lies in the northern Cambodia and is a major tourist destination. A laidback and pleasant city where you can visit the many temples and enjoy the traditional life of Cambodia. The city has experienced a boom and is expanding quickly.
Don’t miss: the temples of Angkor, the Cambodian Circus, the water festival and the street puppet festival.
10. Shanghai, China
Shanghai, also known as Hu, is an international metropolis that draws more and more attention to itself. By population it is the largest city in China. It serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China.
Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional , and the western and the oriental. It is also known as the Oriental Paris and it is a must for shopping and dining.
11. Berlin, Germany
Berlin is the largest city in Germany, and also the largest city in the country. The city was badly broken under the World War II, but has now rebuilt itself to become a grand city in Europe. Be sure to visit some of the many museums and the Berlin Wall. The city also has many
12. New York City, USA
New York is the most populous city in the US. As a global city New York exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. New York is also the home of the United Nations Headquarters.
New York City consists of 5 boroughs; the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.
Be sure not to miss the Statue of Liberty. Take a bus sightseeing tour to cover all of the Big Apple in one day.
13. Florence, Italy
Florence is a city famous for its history, especially as the centre in the medieval Europe. It is also the birthplace of the Renaissance.
An endless list of museums, palaces and churches are to be found in Florence. Wander around in the city, cross the River Arno and Ponte Vecchio to explore the new part of the city.
14. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is the capital and the largest city in Argentina. Buenos Aires has many things to offer; young designers, incredible food, a thriving cultural scene and so much more.
15. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is the second largest city of Spain and the capital of Catalunya. The city has a long history and one can clearly see how the new elements work together with the new ones.
Be sure to visit some of the famous work of Antoni Gaudí, such as La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Parc Güell. You will find his work all over the city.
Barcelona has is a city of art, and has so many museums to visit. Some are MNAC, Joan Miró Foundation and Picasso Museum.
If the weather is good, don’t hesitate to visit the many beaches.
16. St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia. The name of the city has changed from Saint Petrograd to Petrograd to Leningrad and then finally in 1991 back to Saint Petrograd. St Petersburg’s network of canals and baroque and neoclassical architecture give the city a European flavour
Saint Petersburg has always been a city of ideas, it was here the Russian Revolution was incited and when the times changed democracy was encouraged in the city.
St.Petersburg has a bohemian side and one can here enjoy edgy art galleries, underground clubs, delightful restaurants. And don’t miss the White Nights when the sun stay up all night!
17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is the main city of the United Arab Emirates. It is an wonderful view meeting the travellers arriving from air: futuristic skyscrapers, a fantastic coastline and endless desert. Dubai has sights that can only be found here: the tallest building in the world, an artificial island shaped like a palm and the largest global shopping mall.
Dubai is the place to go if you want to enjoy good food ranging all the way from East to West. Enjoy also one of the many spa’s in Dubai or go crazy with shopping.
18. Chicago, USA
Chicago is the third most populous city in the USA. It is also called the windy city. This is the city of architecture and public art. Here you’ll find a lot of high-class restaurant, together with some strange dishes that will blow your mind.
Chicago is a sports city, be sure not to miss a match: may it be baseball or football. This is also the city to visit for great festivals, especially music festival. From March to September you’ll find all kinds of music all around the city.
19. Cape Town Central, South Africa
Cape Town, iKapa, Kaapstad is the second most populous city in South Africa. The first that will meet you is Table Mountain National Park with its great table mountain, a great flat-topped mountain to climb to have a spectacular view of the city. Cape Town is a melting pot, here one will find Afrikaner descendants from the Dutch colonist, Xhosa migrants, European Jewish immigrants and so many more making the city a multicultural city.
20. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. Bangkok is the city of food, wherever you go there is food. Either on the streets, in the restaurants or on the water.
Bangkok is a city of contrasts, with climate-controlled megamalls and international brand names just minutes from 200-year-old village homes; of gold-spired Buddhist temples sharing space with neon-lit strips of sleaze; of slow-moving rivers of traffic bypassed by long-tail boats plying the royal river; and of streets lined with food carts, overlooked by restaurants on top of skyscrapers serving exotic cocktails.
21. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is the largest city and capital of Hungary. Budapest is a mix of beautiful baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and art nouveau (Secessionist) buildings. In Budapest there are many reminders of the past, such as the shoes on the shores of Danube.
Hungarian food is one of the more sophisticated cooking styles of cooking in Europe. They say the biggest menues are French, Chinese and their own food. There is an abundance of hot springs in Budapest – some 123 thermal and more than 400 mineral springs, making the choice of bathhouses large.
22. Sydney, Australia
Sydney is the most populous city in Australia. Nature is present in the city with its large with its flying foxes and oversized spiders. After a lazy day at the beach, the nightlife of Sydney wakes up. New restaurants, an undercover bar or hip bands to see are all present in the city.
23. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, and the largest city in the country. Lisbon is a colourful city with gothic cathedrals, monasteries and many museums. The public baths and the patio restaurants are popular gathering places in the city.
In the many streets of the city there are many restaurants and bars filled with music ranging from jazz, reggea, electronica and fado.
24. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand, and a cultural important city. Chiang Mai is the home to hundreds of sacred temples. The city is a laid-back and creative, dynamic and modern. Thai culture is overwhelming wherever you go in the city.
Don’t forget to try the delicious food in Chiang Mai, such as the many Japanese sushi bars, the Burmese curries and salads, and not to forget the Thai food.
25. San Francisco, USA
San Francisco is a cultural city on the western coast of the USA. San Francisco is the city in the USA with the most restaurants and farmer markets per capita.
San Francisco is built on 43 hills, cable cars makes the access to the city easy.