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Lonely Planet’s Top Ten Most Beautiful Cities To Visit In 2020

Travel is the only thing you can buy that’ll make you richer”

1.Salzburg, Austria

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The city of of classical music, opera, drama and stunning architecture. In 2020, Salzburg will be host to many concerts, plays and countless exhibitions.

Fun fact: Salzburg is the birthplace of the late Mozart, one of the greatest composers of all time.

2.Washington DC, USA

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It’s where the huge statue of Abraham Lincoln is…there’s your reason to visit. In all seriousness, it’s also home to some of the best museums in the world in addition to the beautiful scenery when in full bloom; not to mention the exploding food scene present in this historically rich city.

Fun fact: both Herbert Hoover and John Quincy Adams had pet alligators in the White House

3.Cairo, Egypt

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From the Great Sphinx to the Great Pyramids, Cairo is one of the most most mysteriously beautiful cities to explore. You can visit the Grand Egyptian Museum to learn about an entire civilisation in one place, or stick to the many awe-inspiring locations around Cairo.

Fun fact: Cairo is home to the only remaining ancient wonder of the world in the Great Pyramid of Giza.

4.Galway, Ireland

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A cheerful city full of colourful pubs, live music and packed cafes. At every corner, there’s something going on, whether it be street spectacles, live and digital art, world-class music, theatre or dance. There’s no time to rest in Galway, it’s full-speed ahead!

Fun fact: Galway is home to the longest place name in Ireland, Muckanaghederdauhaulia, which means “piggery between two briny places”.

(I bet you tried to pronounce that…and I bet you sounded silly)

5.Bonn, Germany

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With Beethoven’s 250th birthday coming in 2020, Bonn is set to host a year-round line-up of concerts drawing world-famous orchestras, soloists and conductor. If you don’t fancy classical music, it remains a generally beautiful city with great wine, candy, museums and stunning architecture.

Fun fact: Bonn used to be the capital city of West Germany.

6.La Paz, Bolivia

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La Paz (The Peace), a city with a renewed sense of ambition. They are tapping into their indigenous roots to pull themselves up from what once was a dull city, to look forward to the future and do so with a dash of colour.

Fun fact: The clock faces count down instead of up as a means of encouraging creativity.

7.Kochi, India

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 China is where you make your money, then Cochin is surely the place to spend it.” Nicolas Conti, Italian traveler

Recently known for its efforts towards using renewable energy, notably with their construction of the world’s first fully solar-powered airport. Kochi is also one of the most culturally in-touch cities, from the impressive displays of street art and festivals to the discrete homestays and backstreets that can only really be found if you aren’t looking for them.

Fun fact: Vembanad Lake Is The Longest Lake And Largest Wetland System In India

8.Vancouver, Canada

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Nature in all its beauty; it makes sense that it be the birthplace of GreenPeace. Venture through the rich mulch of the vast forests, or the sand of the beaches, whatever you choose to do, you’ll surely be left feeling overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of nature.

Fun fact: Vancouver is one of the only major cities in North America where you cannot find a freeway access downtown.

9.Dubai, UAE

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From desert to concrete jungle, the future is the present in Dubai with the launch of several marquee projects heading into the new decade. The World Expo 2020 will also showcase 190 nations’ latest visions in sustainability. Also, stand by for the Museum of the Future, and resorts with underwater bedrooms and year-round SNOW!

Fun fact: The Police Force in Dubai drive super cars (we’re talking Bugatti-level cars).

10.Denver, USA

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Currently in a phase of growth, creative energy and delicious food. You can visit the Santa Fe art experience, Meow Wolf, at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. In addition to that, you can go see the wonderful displays in the Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. Although not in the mountains, you would think so from the sight of the Rocky Mountains behind the skyline of this charming boomtown.

Fun fact: Denver really is exactly one mile high. This means that golf balls go farther, alcoholic drinks feel stronger and the sun feels that bit warmer.

Where are you going to visit? Let us know in the comments

Written by Emeric Brard

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