15 Most Beautiful Capital Cities In The World

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The world is home to over 4,000 cities, from the crumbling grandeur of Rome, to the ultra-modern towers of Shanghai. If you are someone who enjoys traveling and seeing all the beauty the world has to offer, these cities are among the best and most beautiful Capital cities in the world.

15. Honolulu.

Honolulu is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it is an unincorporated county seat of the consolidated City and County of Honolulu. The city is Hawaii’s main gateway to the world and is a major hub for international business and finance. Honolulu is the most populated Oceanian city outside Australasia and ranks second to Auckland as the most populous city in Polynesia.

It is characterised by a mix of various Asian, Western, and Pacific cultures, as reflected in its diverse demography, cuisine, and traditions. The city’s desirability as a port accounts for its historical growth and importance in the Hawaiian archipelago and the broader Pacific region. Honolulu has been the capital of the Hawaiian Islands since 1845.

The city gained worldwide recognition following Japan’s attack on nearby Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The harbor remains a major naval base, hosting the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the world’s largest naval command. Honolulu’s favorable tropical climate, rich natural scenery, and extensive beaches, makes it a popular global destination for tourists.

 

14. Cape Town.

Cape Town is the second-largest city in South Africa and lies right along the coast. Cape Town is an exciting, outstanding, and colorful city, with amazing culture, history, and a fantastic landscape. Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa after Johannesburg, and is also the legislative capital of the country.

Colloquially named the Mother City, it is located at the base of the beautiful Table Mountain with some of Africa’s best vineyards and stunning beaches. The city is covered with modern skyscrapers, streets, and markets. Ranked as the most beautiful city in Africa, it is known for its harbor, its natural setting, and for landmarks such as Table Mountain and Cape Point.

Cape Town is home to 49% of the Western Cape’s population. The city was named the World Design Capital by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design and is named the best place in the world to visit by both The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph.

 

13. Vancouver.

An urban area surrounded by all the beauty of nature, Vancouver is a major city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. It is the most populous city in the province and has the highest population density in Canada, with over 5,400 people per square kilometer, making it one of the most densely populated cities in North America.

Vancouver is well known as an urban center surrounded by nature, making tourism its second-largest industry. The city is ranked as the 3rd best city in Canada and is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in the country, as over 52% of its residents are not native English speakers.

Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. It also ranks as the most expensive city to live in Canada and as the fourth-most expensive housing market globally. Vancouver is an excellent destination for those who prefer to hike in the woods, rather than on concrete.

 

12. Vienna.

Vienna is the national capital, largest city, and one of nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria’s most populous city, with about 1.9 million inhabitants, nearly one third of the country’s population, and is a cultural, economic, and political center.

Vienna is the 6th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. The historic center of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque palaces and gardens. It was the home of famed psychologist Sigmund Freud, and is known as The City of Dreams, as well as being The City of Music, due to it being the home base for many noteworthy composers.

Vienna is known for its high quality of life. It is ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities. The city was ranked 1st globally for its culture of innovation in 2007 and 2008. Vienna regularly hosts urban planning conferences and is often used as a case study by urban planners and attracts over 6.8 million tourists a year.

 

11. Dubai.

Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. Located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is a business hub in Western Asia. It is also a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. As of 2021, Dubai is the 11th most beautiful capital city on earth.

According to government data, the population of Dubai is estimated at around 3.4 million. It is the 9th largest city in the Arab world. Dubai is a city of skyscrapers, ports, and beaches. It is a relatively crime-free place where administrative efficiency and openness to business have encouraged astounding growth.

Oil revenue helped accelerate the development of Dubai, which was already a major mercantile hub. The city has been a center for regional and international trade since the early 20th century, The city’s economy relies on revenues from trade, tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.

 

10. Paris.

Home to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum, Paris is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. It is the capital and most populous city of France, with an estimated population of 2.1 million residents as of 2020. Since the 17th century, Paris has been one of Europe’s major centers of finance, diplomacy, commerce, fashion, and science.

Paris is one of the most beautiful and expensive capital cities in Europe. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Paris is the second most expensive city in the world. The city is a major railway, highway, and air-transport hub, served by two international airports.

Full of stunning sights and delicious food, Paris is also known to house some of the worlds most incredible museums and architectural landmarks. In 2019, Paris received over 38 million visitors, and was ranked as the second most visited travel destination in the world, after Bangkok, and just ahead of London.

 

9. Lisbon.

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 505,526 people within its administrative limits. Nestled along the shores of the Iberian Peninsula, this city is one of the oldest in the world. It is mainland Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast.

Lisbon is recognized as an alpha-level global city because of its importance as a financial and commercial center. It is one of two Portuguese cities to be recognized as a global city. The city was the birthplace of Portuguese pavement and the style has traveled throughout the Portuguese speaking world.

If you are hoping to see and do a lot in one trip, Lisbon is the city for you. It is the 9th-most-visited city in Southern Europe receiving over 3.5 million tourists in 2019. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the second-oldest European capital city after Athens, predating other modern European capitals by centuries.

 

8. Budapest.

Once a series of Celtic villages along the Danube river, Budapest is now the largest city in Hungary and is the sixth-most popular tourist destination in all of Europe. The city has an estimated population of 1.7 million over a land area of about 525 square kilometers.

Budapest is a magnificent city with strengths in commerce, finance, technology, and education. It is Hungary’s financial center and was ranked as the second fastest-developing urban economy in Europe. Budapest attracts around 12 million international tourists per year, making it a highly popular destination.

Over 40 colleges and universities are located in Budapest, including the Eötvös Loránd University, the Corvinus University, and Semmelweis University. The central area of Budapest along the Danube River is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has several notable monuments of classical architecture.

 

7. Munich.

If you haven’t done much traveling or your German is shaky, Munich is a great place to have an awesome time without feeling completely alone. It is the capital and most populous city of Bavaria. With a population of 1,558,395 inhabitants as of July 31, 2020, it is the third-largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, as well as the 11th-largest city in the European Union.

This city calls itself the Cosmopolitan City with a Heart and is home to a large population of expatriates. The Munich metropolitan region is home to 6 million people. It is the seat of the Bavarian administrative region of Upper Bavaria, while being the most densely populated municipality in Germany. It enjoys a very high living standard and quality of life, being rated the world’s most livable city in 2018.

Munich is the second-largest city in the Bavarian dialect area, after the Austrian capital of Vienna. Once Bavaria was established as a sovereign kingdom in 1806, Munich became a major European center of arts, culture, and science. The city hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics and was one of the host cities of the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

 

6. Amsterdam.

Long known as a cultural hub with a vibrant and varied night life, Amsterdam truly has something for everyone. The city is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands. Found within the province of North Holland, Amsterdam is colloquially referred to as the Venice of the North, attributed by the large number of canals which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city was ranked the second best city to live in by the Economist Intelligence Unit and 12th globally on quality of living. Amsterdam drew more than 7 million international visitors in 2019. The city is also well known for its nightlife and festival activity. Cycling is also key to the city’s character, as there are numerous bike paths.

The Dutch capital is undoubtedly one of the most charming and trendy cities on the planet. Amsterdam is best visited between April and May or September through November. It is considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with at least 177 nationalities represented.

 

5. Rio De Janeiro.

Overseen by a towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio is known for its parties and festival-like atmosphere. Rio de Janeiro is the second most populous municipality in Brazil, and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Ranked to have the 15th most beautiful city skies on earth, part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

This city was the capital of Brazil for over two centuries. Although the Christ the Redeemer statue is the most recognizable part of Rio de Janeiro’s skyline, it is not the only reason this city is so fantastic. The city offers a great view thanks to the mountains, and of course, the buildings that light up the sky at night.

Rio is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, and beaches. It truly offers the best of both man-made and Natural architecture. Rio is the second-largest center of research and development in Brazil, accounting for 17 percent of national scientific output.

 

4. Venice.

Called the City of Water, this Italian city has long been lauded as a popular romantic destination. Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. The city was historically the capital of the Republic of Venice for over a millennium. It was a major financial and maritime power during the Middle Ages, as well as an important center of commerce.

Venice is one of Europe’s most expensive destinations. The city-state of Venice is considered to have been the first real international financial center, emerging in the 9th century and reaching its greatest prominence in the 14th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.

Parts of Venice are renowned for the beauty of their settings, architecture, and artwork. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although the city is facing some challenges, including an excessive number of tourists, Venice remains a very popular destination and a major cultural center.

 

3. Bern.

Bern is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their federal city, with a population of about 144,000 as of 2020, Bern is the fifth-most populous city in Switzerland and also the capital of the canton of Bern, the second-most populous canton in the country.

The official language in Bern is German, but the most-spoken language is an Alemannic Swiss German dialect called Bernese German. In 1983, the historic old town in the center of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bern is one of the most expensive and most livable cities in Europe, it had an unemployment rate of 3.3%. The municipality is a net importer of workers, with about 5 new workers entering for every one leaving. This magnificent city is a place where the arts have a major presence. Theater, film festivals, and fairs, are all quite common throughout the year.

 

2. Prague.

The largest city and capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is a haven for those who enjoy a mild climate, stunning architecture, and historical sights. It is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, the 13th largest city in the European Union, and is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of 2.7 million.

Prague is a political, cultural, and economic center in central Europe, complete with a rich history. It is home to a number of well-known cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th century Europe. In 2017, Prague was listed as the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Rome, and Istanbul.

The city has been active for over a thousand years, and is dubbed the city of the thousand spires because of its many historical monuments. Some of the city’s attractions include the Prague Castle, Old Town Square, and Charles Bridge. Additionally, in 2021, the city was ranked among the most livable cities in the world.

 

1. Sydney.

Hailed as the most populous city in the country and on the continent of Australia, this bustling metropolis was first founded as a British penal colony. Located on Australia’s east coast, Sydney is the capital city of the state of New South Wales, and the most populous city in Oceania.

As of June 2019, Sydney’s estimated metropolitan population was 5.3 million. Sydney has some of the most beautiful skylines in the world. The world-famous harbor with its iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge, are what people really book flights to Australia to see.

Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, Sydney frequently ranks in the top ten most livable cities on earth and is classified as an Alpha Global City. Sydney is also promoted as Australia’s financial capital and one of Asia Pacific’s leading financial hubs.