“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” goes the popular saying. While the concept of beauty is purely subjective, there are places all around the world that are known to have an awe-inspiring effect on everyone. From stunning natural wonders to mesmerizing cities, the planet we call home is full of beautiful places that please the eyes and soothe the soul. The marriage of human imagination and creativity has led to the emergence of some of the most beautiful cities around the world.
If you are someone who enjoys admiring the beauty around the world, be it natural or human-made, then these are the top 10 beautiful cities in the world that must be on your travel wishlist.
- Paris, France
- Kyoto, Japan
- Rome, Italy
- Santorini, Greece
- St Petersburg, Russia
- Havana, Cuba
- Rio De Jenero, Brazil
- Udaipur, India
- Charleston, USA
- Brisbane, Australias
1. Paris, France
When it comes to beautiful cities in the world, it’s inevitable to have Paris on the list. ‘The city of Love’, as it’s popularly nicknamed, Paris boasts a contagious romantic atmosphere. While some people are ensnared by the iconic monuments of the city and some are mesmerized by the elegance with which it is formed. Then there are some who are lost marvelling at the people, culture and history of this city. It’s difficult to point to one aspect that makes Paris one of the top beautiful countries in the world, but if you’ve been to this city, you are bound to agree with us. To admire the city’s beauty you can visit the rigorously manicured parks, have a meal in a quaint streetside cafe, take a trip to the lauded landmarks and walk along the streets of Montmartre.
Beautiful places in Paris
- Eiffel Tower
- The Louvre
- Arc de Triomphe
- Pont Alexandre III
(See the full list of beautiful places in Paris here)
2. Kyoto, Japan
Most lists of ‘Top 10 beautiful cities in the world’ often get dominated by European cities. It’s easy to get hypnotized by the kaleidoscopic beauty of European countries. Take a look at the bigger picture, and you’ll find that the world is replete with beautiful cities. The next one on our list of gorgeous cities in the world is located deep in the east.
Kyoto is a historic city and the seat of Japanese culture. The city earns its place on this list owing to both, its natural charm and the human-made contributions to the landscape. The city is dotted with shrines, ancient temples and pagodas that are exceedingly popular among tourists for their elegance. Kyoto’s Higashiyama district is home to witness Japan’s iconic cherry blossom trees, Japanese bridges, magnificent temples. Arashiyama is yet another district in Kyoto, which is known for its breathtaking beauty; it’s best known for its bamboo groves and ancient Pagodas.
Kyoto isn’t just about temples and shrines; the city centre is modern and polished, giving you a chance to experience both the modern and traditional side of Japan.
Beautiful places in Kyoto
- Sagano Bamboo Grove
- Kyoto Botanical Gardens
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
- Kinkaku-Ji Golden pavilion
3. Rome, Italy
A list on ‘Beautiful cities in the world’ can not be complete without Rome in it. While Paris bags the title of ‘The city of love’, Rome is known as ‘The city of lovers’. Rome is among the top favourite tourist destinations in the world. Best known for its artistic and cultural heritage, Rome is one of the most beautiful cities you’ll ever come across. The city exudes an intoxicating mix of romantic vibes and old-world charm that makes every tourist fall in love with this city. From breathtaking architectural marvels to enchanting cobblestone paths and museums that take make you lose track of time; there are plenty of ways how Rome wins your heart.
The details on the sculptures and statues that decorate the city’s piazzas and buildings are quite mesmerizing. Visit the top tourist attractions like the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum or simply walk around its piazzas and you’ll see why Rome is among the most beautiful cities in the world.
Beautiful places in Rome
- Trevi Fountain
- Sistine Chapel
- Spanish Steps
Also See: Top 10 places to visit in Italy in 2019
4. Santorini, Greece
If you haven’t already been to the island in Greece, plan a holiday here on priority. The charms of the Greek Islands is not a secret. Tourists from all around the world are drawn to the many islands in the Cyclades archipelago. Among the thousands of islands that form the Greek islands, one that stands out is Santorini. Fiercely popular among the honeymooners, Santorini boasts some spectacular views of the deep blue sea and volcanic crater. What put Santorini on the most beautiful cities in the world are its white-washed towns of Oia and Fira.
The awe-inspiring beauty of the sea compliments perfectly with the stunning Cycladic architectural style that’s seen on Santorini. Everyplace on this island has a view that will make you go digging for your camera. Hotels with infinity pools and narrow snaking streets of Santorini will surely have you planning another trip to the island soon.
Beautiful places in Santorini
- Beach at Perissa
5. St Petersburg, Russia
Separated from the European continent by the Baltic sea, Saint Petersburg is a beautiful city situated in western Russia. Built in the 1700s, Saint Petersburg served as the Imperial capital of Russia for about 200 years. The city was built with the intent to showcase the grandeur of Russia under the imperial rule. As a result, today the city looks something out of a dream.
What makes St. Petersburg one of the top beautiful cities in the world is the stunning architecture that can be seen here. Next in line after the architecture is the elegant canals that add an irresistible charm to the city. The canals and the bridges of Saint Petersburg have earned it the title ‘Venice of the North’. Take a look at the
Beautiful places in St. Petersburg
- Church on the Saviour of the spilled blood
- State Hermitage Museum
- Winter Palace
- Peter and Paul Fortress
Did you know: St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, second to Moscow and is regarded as the Cultural capital of Russia.
6. Havana, Cuba
Unfortunately, time travel isn’t possible yet. Fortunately, you can travel to Havana, and experience a city frozen in time. The capital of Cuba, Havana is one of the most beautiful cities you’ll see. With pastel colour houses lining its grand avenues and vibrant classic cars roaring past the streets, a visit to Havana will surely leave you spellbound. The city’s Spanish colonial past reflects from its colourful buildings and wrought iron balconies and picturesque piazzas.
Apart from the history buffs, artists too will find Havana quite spectacular. When it comes to creativity and art, Cubans aren’t too far behind. Places like Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and Callejon de Hamel will give you an insight into Cuban take on Art.
Beautiful places in Havana
- Old Havana
- Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro
- Plaza Vieja
- La cabana
- Plaza de Armas
Read Lonely Planet’s guide to the beautiful city of Havana.
7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If your life needs a strong dose of happiness, then a vacation in Rio is what you need. If you have already been to Rio, then you know why it’s on this list of Beautiful cities in the world. The spectacular blend of human creativity and Nature’s effortless beauty makes Rio De Janeiro, one of the most splendid places to see. This massive coastal city is built on islands that are dotted with numerous stone outcroppings. Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that stands atop Mount Corcovado is among the most well-known landmarks in the world. The city’s polished buildings and lanes create a magnificent contrast against the mountains and beaches that surround the city.
Beautiful places in Rio de Janeiro
- Christ the Redeemer
- Sugarloaf mountain
- Copacabana beach
- Ipanema beach
8. Udaipur, India
Udaipur, also known as the ‘The City of Lakes’ is a magnificent city located in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Like an oasis, Udaipur looks like a surreal dream emerging in the middle of the Indian desert region. What makes Udaipur one of the most beautiful cities in the world are the stunning artificial lakes and grand havelis that are scattered all over the city. These lakes were built by the Rajput kings to serve as the water source for the royals as well as the commoners in time of need.
Having served as the seat of royalty for hundreds of years, even the air of Udaipur seems to permeate luxury. One of the best ways to experience Udaipur’s beauty is by going on a boat ride around the famous Lake Pichola. Dining at one of the lake-side restaurants is yet another popular thing to do in Udaipur.
Beautiful places in Udaipur
- Lake Pichola
- Ambari ghat
- Lake Fatehsagar
- City palace
Also See: 23 Top places to visit in Udaipur
9. Charleston, USA
Located in South Carolina, Charleston is the oldest and the largest city of the region. Despite its turbulent past and recent floodings, the city of Charleston is a great tourist destination. The cobblestone streets, pastel colour houses, horse-driven carriages and scenic promenades make Charleston one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Adding further to its charm are the hospitable people, Well-preserved history and architecture and the delectable local cuisine.
The city is also known for its plantations and gardens that add a layer of romance to the city. If you are planning a honeymoon in The US, then make sure Charleston is on your Itinerary. With beauty oozing out of its streets, buildings and people, Charleston will keep you coming back. Among the numerous stunning sightseeing places in Charleston, one of the must-visit places is the Boone Hall. Take a walk or drive along the ‘Avenue of Oak’, sit by the beach to spot dolphins, and you’ll know what we are talking about.
Beautiful places in Charleston
- Magnolia Plantations and Gardens
- Fort Sumter
- Rainbow Row
- Patriot Point
- Boone Plantations
Tip: Be sure to explore the beaches of this coastal city. Catching the sunsets from Sullivan’s Island and Folly beach is a popular thing to do in Charleston.
10. Brisbane, Australia
The final city to make it to our list of ‘Top beautiful cities in the world’ is Australia’s Brisbane. Among the first cities to develop in the country, Brisbane is also the third most populous city in Australia. With its high-rise buildings piercing the sky, lush green spaces and the meandering Brisbane river make Brisbane a sight to behold. Apart from the architecture and lush spaces, Brisbane is home to a bustling art and food scene. You’ll find plenty of art galleries and museums to amuse you on your holiday in Brisbane. Dine at the quaint cafes and to make your visit to Brisbane sweeter! Finally, to have a wholesome experience of Brisbane’s beauty, go on day trips to the neighbouring idyllic islands.
Beautiful places in Brisbane
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- Moreton Bay
- Story Bridge
- Mt Cootha
To list out just 10 beautiful cities is quite a painful task. There are way too many beautiful places to visit in the world. Though a lifetime might seem a bit too short to visit them all, you must strive to witness as much beauty as you can! Tell us which is your favourite city in the comments section below.