Recently a group of 17 travel sites were polled by GetYourGuide and GoEuro to establish which city in the world is the most fun to visit. The poll ranked over 1800 cities on eleven different categories including restaurants, bars, clubs and other attractions.
Paris Grabbed third place, London snuck into second and out in front was Berlin. The German capital was picked due to its low cost beer (average €0.83 per pint) and no last orders in the bars. But what makes a city ‘fun’ and why are some of the top cities in the poll better than others?
Berlin came out on top in the poll, so what makes this city so much fun to visit? The cheap beer and no last orders may have helped to pip London and Paris to first place but there is a lot more to Berlin than just drinking.
There are plenty of tours to take you around the city either by bus or on foot. Take in such sites as the Brandenberg Gate and the Reichstag building as well as the Berlin wall. Tiergarten which is one of the world’s largest inner city parks stretches over 600 acres and is conveniently situated right next door to Berlin zoo.
When it comes to eating out there are plenty of places to grab a traditional currywurst. If you’d prefer a restaurant there’s one to suit any taste. There’s award winning Heising, serving French cuisine is one of the most popular in Berlin, along with Madami which serves authentic Vietnamese and Asian dishes.
For nightlife a trip to the Puro Sky Lounge is essential. This club is situated on the 20th floor of the Europa-Center and boasts 360 degree views of the city. All in all Berlin is full of fun and excitement with plenty of culture and history to delve into.
London appears second on the list of most fun cities in the world. Boasting such sights as the London Eye (which is a giant Ferris wheel that stand 135 metres tall), Big Ben and the Tower of London. Another of London’s main attractions has to be its museums. From the Natural History and Science museums, to the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich. There’s something for everyone.
For food lovers, London offers every cuisine under the sun and with many world renowned chefs (Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White) plying their trade in the capital you’ll find something to excite the taste buds.
London came top in the poll for having the best clubs and concerts. The capital is home to several super clubs including Fabric and Ministry of Sound. Peter Alder from CapialAlist, a guest list website comments “We are so pleased our London clubs came top and rightly so. We have a diverse section of clubs across the capital with many being ranked the best in the world”.
For live music there’s the Royal Albert Hall which each year hosts the proms; The O2 Arena which stages many pop and rock bands throughout the year, and the Royal Festival Hall which plays host to all varieties of music from classical, to folk, to pop and rock.
Paris is said to be the most romantic city in the world. From its iconic architecture, to famous galleries and museums. Culturally Paris has to rank among the top cities in the world. The first thing that stands out when you visit Paris is of course the Eiffel Tower. This huge latticed, wrought iron structure stands 324 metres tall and dominates the city’s skyline. A visit to the capital wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the top of this iconic tower.
Another famous landmark of Paris is the Champs-Élysées which is the finish line for the annual Tour de France. The Louvre is a must see attraction in Paris. This world renowned art gallery hosts The Mona Lisa among many other famous works.
Although probably better known for its culture than its nightlife, Paris is still a hot bed of activity when night falls. Moulin Rouge which is probably one of the most famous nightclubs in the world puts on a variety of dance entertainment shows. Best known for its cabaret acts and for being the birthplace of the Can-Can.
Top Ten Cities
Some of the other cities in the top ten can boast equally enjoyable attractions such as:
- The Empire State Building and Central Park in New York
- Sensō-ji (Buddhist temple) and the Sky Tree in Tokyo
- The Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome
- The Sagrada Família church and Camp Nou in Barcelona
- Topkapi Palace and Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul
Finding fun and adventure in any city is going to come down to personal preference. As with any major city, there’s bound to be something to entertain everyone. Each city in the list has its own unique attractions and deciding where to go is often going to be decide by these rather than the price of beer or how late the bars stay open.