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According to travelers, these are the most beautiful cities in the world

By Vaseline May27,2024

There is beauty everywhere – from the minimalist architecture and flowing floor plans of the Japanese countryside to the concrete finishes and unusual shapes of Eastern Europe – but certain cities seem to captivate the general population and entice visitors with their storybook architecture, preserved castles and greenery. When Reddit user /Slommyhouse asked the r/travel community, “What’s the most aesthetically beautiful city that never loses its appeal no matter how many times you visit?” Travelers around the world weighed in and certain cities rose to the top – including lesser-known cities in Central Europe and a royal shrine northwest of Lisbon.

These are the most beautiful cities in the world

Florence, Italy

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Florence, along with Prague, was the ‘best’ answer to the question, based on the ratio of upvotes to downvotes from users. The result is not shocking: when it comes to art and architecture, Florence cannot help but stand out. You’ll find supermarkets and pizzerias housed in beautiful Renaissance architecture, as well as major attractions such as the Duomo and Michelangelo’s ‘David’ sculpture.

Reddit user /claudio6992 replied: “For me, Florence has been there several times and it hits differently. I love history and for me it is like an open museum where you can imagine yourself back in another era.”

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Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle, Prague | Image credit: Kirill Rudenko/Getty Images

In addition to Florence, users had a lot to say about Prague, a city bisected by the Vltava River and built around the Old Town Square, a square surrounded by colorful Baroque buildings. The highlight of this historic square is St. Nicholas Church, considered the greatest example of Prague’s Baroque architecture, and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which puts on an intricate and animated show every hour. One Reddit user, /WestCoastBestCoast01, replied: “Prague was my first thought!!”

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Edinburgh, Scotland

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The compact, hilly city of Edinburgh has two distinct areas: the medieval Old Town, dominated by Edinburgh Castle, and the elegant, neoclassical New Town, which has beautiful gardens. The combination of these two areas is so important that they are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. User /BasicLawyer noted that the city is special to them because of the “ancient volcanic structures that surround a Gothic city with networks of underground streets.”

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

Lijubljana city center | Image credits: Jure Makovec/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Central European country of Slovenia rarely tops America’s must-visit lists, but the country known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes (including Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs) was finally gaining some recognition. The capital Ljubljana is split by the Ljubljanica River, which is lined with terraces and has lots of greenery.

User /SoullessGinger666 called it the “most anti-car, pro-pedestrian city I’ve ever been to,” noting that it’s “absolutely breathtaking along the river.” User /klimatronic confirmed that “if you are in Ljubljana you don’t need a car or even public transport, you can go everywhere on foot.”

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Sintra, Portugal

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The seaside town of Sintra is just a 40-minute drive from central Lisbon, but the atmosphere couldn’t be more different. The city is located at the foot of the Portuguese Sintra Mountains and is surrounded by forest and greenery. It has long been a royal sanctuary, with extensive palaces including the National Palace of Sintra, known for its double chimneys and remarkable tilework, and the Pena National Palace, which sits on a hilltop and offers beautiful views.

Redding user /notyourwheezy said: “There’s something about those castles that just looks so fairytale-like. and bonus if it’s rainy and foggy. It really feels like I’ve stepped into a storybook.”

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