As long as we have Paris! And other beautiful cities to escape to…
Cities are the roots of history of many places, and that’s why city breaks are all the thrill! It seems as though you take a walk through the very spirit of a place. Some cities have so much to discover that you are sure to never get tired of it. When you’re looking to spice up life a little and discover a new city with your like-minded TravelMates, don’t miss out on these cities, some of the most beautiful in the world! 😍
Hear the Sound of Music: Salzburg, Austria
The hills are alive! The city of Salzburg was one of the main filming locations for the famous play Sound of Music, and you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of it when visiting. Located in north-central Austria, the city of Salzburg is the fourth-largest in the country. The name Salzburg means ‘Salt Castle’, because the river running through the city, Salzach, which was once famously used for transporting salt.
The Sound of Music isn’t the only famously known musical masterpiece to come out of this city. One of the most well-known composers, Mozart, was also born here. You can indeed visit Mozart’s Birthplace, Mozart’s Geburtshaus, located right in the center of the city. For Sound of Music fans, a must-visit spot in the city is Mirabellgarten, where you can be sure to recognize many filming spots of the famous play.
The city of Salzburg can also be labeled as one of the most beautiful in the world, because it just so happens to be nestled right in the mountains. The elevation points in the city provide plenty of opportunity to admire the city from many different viewpoints! The best spot to gaze out at the magical city of Salzburg are from:
- The trails of Mönchsberg, which also connect to the Hohensalzburg Fortress
- Aussicht Kapuzinerberg, by taking a set of stairs up called Imbergstiege
- Gaisberg, a small mountain nearby which you can reach by taking a bus from Mirabellplatz (here you can also admire the mountainous scenery!)
Salzburg is also a perfect location for taking day trips to places like Berchtesgaden or St. Gilgen to enjoy the gorgeous mountains of the area.
The city of Salzburg from above
An alternative to Bruges: Ghent, Belgium
Bruges is often listed as one of the top cities to visit when in Belgium, and although the city is definitely worth checking out, there’s a less crowded alternative: Ghent. It’s not as if tourists have not discovered this destination at all, but you’ll most likely have a little more space to yourself. Bruges is famously known for its canals which run through the city, and you’ll be able to find just the same in Ghent. One of the best ways to experience the city’s medieval architecture is by taking a Free Walking Tour around the city. The St. Michael’s Bridge makes for a spot to enjoy some of the best views in all of Ghent. Plus, make sure to indulge in Belgium’s rich beer culture here, maybe paired with *Belgian* fries or a Belgian waffle!
A lovely city
The city in blue: Chefchaouen, Morocco
The streets of this city painted in blue are a labyrinth waiting to be explored. The surrounding landscape of mountains is also simply astounding. One thing to keep in mind here is that the winter months tend to get cold and although, yes, you are in Africa, pack some sweaters! You might also want to keep in mind that in some Moroccan areas it is considered polite to dress conservatively, so just make sure you’re being respectful of local culture. Join in on one of JoinMyTrip’s adventures to Morocco!
For this city, the best thing to do is to just wander around aimlessly in its streets, while of course taking (lots) of photos!
The streets of Chefchaouen
The Blue City
We’ll always have Paris!
Paris is one of those cities that never gets boring. Seriously, no matter how many times you go or with who you go with, the trip is likely to always give you a new perspective on the city of love and light. Although this could most likely go on forever, some of the top activities for this incredible city include:
- A visit to Montmartre, an artists village located on a hill: see Paris from above, purchase some street art, and admire at the magnificent Sacré-Cœur
- A picnic at the Jardin des Tuileries with fresh pastries from a Parisian pâtisserie
- A visit to the Louvre or one of the other famous art museums around the city
- A bottle of champagne by the Eiffel Tower at dusk, which puts on a light show every hour once the city gets dark
- A walk around the Île de la Cité at sunrise, preferably with a coffee and croissant in hand
- A drink on the top of Galeries Lafayette
- Shop on Avenue des Champs-Élysées and climb Arc de Triomphe for views of the city
Anyways… you get it. You’ll never be bored in Paris! Especially with some fun TripMates!
Arc de Triomphe
Jardin des Tuileries
Eiffel Tower at nightfall
Bagpipe city: Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh definitely makes the list as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s medieval wonder is sure to make any visitor feel like they are part of a Harry Potter movie. While visiting Edinburgh, its best to take your time wandering the many cobblestone streets, alleyways and staircases of the city. Seriously, it feels like you’re in a movie! An experience not to be missed also is a hike to Arthur’s Seat, where you’ll have the chance to experience Scottish nature overlooking the city. Join a trip with JoinMyTrip!
The city of Edinburgh in golden light
The center of tradition: Kyoto, Japan
The city of Kyoto is home to the traditional culture of Japan, and one of the only places you can still spot a geisha dressed in a kimono. One of the top things to experience in Kyoto is to explore its many temples. Each more gorgeous than the previous one, the temples are also surrounded by peaceful gardens and forests or pavilions, giving plenty of opportunity for tourists to experience the Zen that this entire city is. Another unique experience to be had in Kyoto is the partaking in a tea ceremony. Escape to Japan with this itinerary.
Experience authentic Japan
Discover temples in Kyoto
A city of color: Havana, Cuba
The streets of Havana will leave a lasting impression on any globetrotter. In addition, Havana makes for a very budget-friendly city destination! Experience true Cuba by going on a vintage American car tour and by of course smoking a Cuban cigar. Some spots to check out in Havana include:
- Old Havana
- El Morro Castle
- Plaza De La Revolucion
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Enjoy vibrant Cuba
A Greek paradise: Oia, Santorini
This white-washed town of Oia in Greece overlooking the ocean is simply a paradise in itself. The sunsets from the hill are simply incredible. While in Oia, make sure to spend some time doing these activities:
- Go swimming at Amoudi Bay
- Run around the stairways of Oia
- Hike from Oia to Fira
- Visit the peculiar Atlantis Bookstore
The city of Oia
Of course, the world is home to many more beautiful cities, but these are simply some of the best! At JoinMyTrip, you can find like-minded TravelMates to start going on adventures like this with you now, either on ready-planned trips or on a trip you can create yourself! Get started now 😉