30 Historically Breathtaking Cities You Need To Visit

Who doesn’t love travelling? Visiting new places, exploring new cultures and trying new things. There are hundreds, if not thousands of potential destinations and it’s tough to see them all! So whether you’re travelling or not, we’ve found “40 Breathtaking Cities You Need To Visit” from Hong Kong to Buenos Aires, and here they are in all their glory!

Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics. Istanbul is a city packed with history and beautiful sights and for that reason will always make it onto any list of cities you should visit.

Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular (essentially a cliff railway) runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward. While Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views. So for a city packed with life, history and adventure, look no further than Budapest.

Moscow, Russia

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Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia’s symbolic center. It’s home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum’s comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes. If you can brave the potential cold then Moscow is a beautiful city worth your time.

Venice, Italy

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Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals (which is becoming a small problem, due to the city sinking) – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs. The lack of roads really makes Venice a magical place, so if history and boating seem up your street, visit Venice! 

Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Its vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. Central (the business district) features architectural landmarks like I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Hong Kong is also a major shopping destination, famed for bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market.

New York, USA

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New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square. If entertainment is something you want on your city adventures then New York might be the place.

London, UK

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London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city. With so much history, it’s hard to miss London.

Paris, France

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Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. Bangkok is another example of a city trying to stick to it’s roots, still with a large Buddhist community and religious sites.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths everywhere. Known worldwide for it’s relaxed approach to marijuana, the city is hectic and yet remains so peaceful.

St. Petersburg, Russia

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St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea and was the capital of imperial Russia until 1918. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city’s iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia’s cultural center, with venues like the ultramodern Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.

Beirut, Lebanon

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Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. There are actually no official figures noting the population of the city but it is estimated to be anywhere between 1-2 million people. Beirut is another one of the worlds eldest cities, inhabited more than 5,000 years ago. In 2015, Beirut became one of the New7Wonders Cities, a list showcasing the “cities that best represent the achievements and aspirations of our global urban civilisation”.

Kyoto, Japan

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Kyoto, once the Imperial capital ofJapan for more than one thousand years, is a city on the island of Honshu, populated by nearly 1.5 million people. It’s famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes, and geisha, female entertainers often found in the Gion district. Kyoto is still very much in touch with its religious and traditional side and that only adds to the beauty of the city.

Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art, architecture and of course football. The fantastical Sagrada Família church and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city, as well as Museu Picasso and Fundació Joan Miró featuring modern art by their namesakes. But with all the beauty and architecture, one of the biggest attractions Barcelona has to the world is football, home to Catalan Giants, Barcelona.

Singapore, Malaysia

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Singapore, situated off southern Malaysia, is a world global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. What was once a small untouched country has now become the towering skyline it is today. In Singapore’s circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha’s teeth. Attracting business magnates and tourists worldwide, Singapore is a towering, beautiful and must see city.

Florence, Italy

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Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell’Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.” Florence is a city of art, architecture and history attracting around 13 million tourists each year, as well as being ranked in the top 15 fashion capitals of the world.

Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, capital of New South Wales (No. It is not the capital of Australia, that’s Canberra) and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House. With Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs surrounding. Around 34% of Sydney’s population is said to have been born abroad and over 250 different languages being spoken, making Sydney one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Sydney is one of the top fifteen most visited cities int he world. SO why not join in and take in this beautiful city! 

Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city and largest in the country. Lisbon is recognised as a global city because of it’s importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism. It is also one of the oldest cities in the world, and is the oldest in Western Europe. With beautiful sights and a Mediterranean climate, it’s hard to see why Lisbon wouldn’t be a city worth visiting.

San Francisco, USA

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San Francisco, birth place of the United Nations. Situated in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It’s known for its year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. In the bay sits Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious former prison and huge tourist attraction. 

Rome, Italy

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Rome. Everyone knows about Rome. The capital of Italy, fourth most populated city in the European Union and with a fast history boasting nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes. Home to some of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, including the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum. Rome is arguably the most historical city in existence, a must visit for anyone.

Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic and the largest city in the country. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,”, Prague is known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. After 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. With a lot to offer the history nut, Prague is definitely one of the most beautiful and historical cities you can visit.

Charleston, USA

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Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is the oldest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina and is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies just across the water. Boasting a rich history as well as beautiful scenery, Charleston should be a must visit. 

Hamburg, Germany

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Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the eight largest in the European Union. Hamburg is a major port city in northern Germany and is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. Hamburg is known worldwide for being one of the largest transport hubs in the world, ranking as second largest port in Europe by TEU’s (Twenty-foot equivalent units) and third by cargo. So if seeing the transport hub of the world is something you’ve always wanted to do then this city is the one for you! 

Quito, Ecuador

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Quito is the capital of Ecuador and the second most populated city, sitting high in the Andean foothills. Constructed on the foundations of an ancient Incan city, it’s known for its well-preserved colonial center, rich with 16th- and 17th-century churches and other structures blending European, Moorish and indigenous styles. These include the cathedral, in the Plaza Grande square, and ultra-ornate Compañia de Jesús Jesuit church. Quito was one of the first world heritage sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. So with a rich history and many sights to see, Quito is one of the most historically beautiful cities you’ll visit.

Vienna, Austria

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Vienna, Austria’s capital and largest city, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. Vienna is home to many major international organisations including the United Nations and OPEC. Often referred to as the “City of Music” due to the historical musical legacy as well as the “City of Dreams” thanks to the world’s first psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud. So if you’re looking for a historic, world famous place to visit this city is up there.

Québec, Canada

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Québec is the second  most populated province in Canada and is the only on that is predominantly French-speaking. Québec has two vibrant cities in its south (Montreal and Quebec City), connected by the Chemin du Roy highway along the Saint Lawrence River. The metropolis Montréal is named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. Dating to 1608, Québec City retains its old colonial core, Place Royale, and historic harbor, Vieux Port, now known for nightlife. So whether you’re looking to explore the nightlife, or visit some historical grounds, Québec has it all.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires is the capital and most populated city in Argentina. known for its center, which is lined with 19th century buildings including Casa Rosasa, the iconic balconied presidential palace. As well as the beautiful buildings lining its center, Buenos Aires is also known for the Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with nearly 2,500 seats as well as the modern MALBA museum, displaying Latin American art. With beauty and class, Buenos Aires should be one to watch.

Seville, Spain

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Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region (A south Spanish region established as an autonomous community) and the fourth-;argest city in Spain with 1.5 million residents. It’s most famous for flamenco dancing, and boasting major landmarks including the ornate Alcázar castle and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giraldo. So if you’re after a little history mixed with some beauty, Seville is a city that should be on your list.

Chicago, USA

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Chicago (Officially the City of Chicago) is the third-most populated city in the United States with over 2.7 million residents. As with many of the larger cities in the world, its skyline is populated with skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center – This used to be known as the Sears Tower. Chicago is also world renowned for its museums, the Art Institute of Chicago in particular. Putting all of this together makes Chicago a city to visit.

Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, is the capital of Japan, known for it’s skyscrapers, neon signs, packed trains and even it’s futuristic technology. it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world – try catching a train during rushhour and you’ll see – but despite all the people and the crazy rush hours it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and for that, it’s a must visit.


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