Amsterdam and San Francisco named world’s best cities to visit

Amsterdam and San Francisco named world’s best cities to visit

Lonely Planet’s annual list of the best cities to visit in 2013 has named Amsterdam as one of the top 10 best cities in the world.

The Lonely Planet has put Amsterdam number two on its list of the 10 best cities to visit next year.

San Francisco takes the top spot thanks to its hosting of the America’s Cup next year. In third place is the Indian city of Hyderabad. This city is known for its historical center. Derry/Londonderry and Beijing rounding out the top five.

Amsterdam owes its second place after San Francisco probably because of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Amsterdam canals next year. The reopening of the Rijksmuseum could also be a reason.

The annual Lonely Planet lists are compiled based on the views of the company’s staff, writers and online community. Lonely Planet said that the choices are not based on where travellers are already going but rather are “our pick of where we believe travellers really should consider visiting in 2013.”

Lonely Planet said that destinations make the list for a variety of reasons, including special events, recent developments or buzz, or that the destination is up-and-coming and worth visiting before the crowds get too big.

Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2013

1. San Francisco, US

2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

3. Hyderabad, India

4. Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

5. Beijing, China

6. Christchurch, New Zealand

7. Hobart, Australia

8. Montreal, Canada

9. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

10. Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Top 10 countries to visit in 2013
1. Sri Lanka

2. Montenegro

3. South Korea

4. Ecuador

5. Slovakia

6. Solomon Islands

7. Iceland

8. Turkey

9. Dominican Republic

10. Madagascar

 

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  • peen

    Guess they finally fished all the old mattresses out of the canals in A’dam…

  • Muriel Thomas

    What a
    great list! And surprisingly alternative too! I would have to say that for me
    the top three countries would be 3.Montenegro 2. Madagascar and No# 1 would have to be
    Ecuador! It is truly unique and the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands is absolutely
    stunning! If any of the readers like Top 10 lists check out this Top 10 List
    for places to go in Ecuador! While I was there I used this as a rough guide for
    where to visit and I was super impressed! I definitely recommend all of these
    places! http://www.southamericatravelblog.com/travel-blog/2012/10/top-10-not-to-miss-travel-destinations-in-ecuador/

  • Johann

    Amsterdam’s attraction ‘Red Light District’ whores for anyone willing to risk their health, San Francisco ‘gay and lesbian bars ‘ Not seeing either place worth visiting for the normal traveler & families.

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