151 Most Beautiful Cities in the World: #105-101

151 Most Beautiful Cities in the World: #105-101

As part of the 151 Most Beautiful Cities in the World list. Other Lists we are currently making at the moment are the 101 Best Cities in the World for Food and Cuisine.

105. Riga, Latvia

The capital city of Latvia, Riga, is a stunning city that boasts a rich history and beautiful architecture. One of the most famous landmarks in Riga is the Old Town. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to narrow streets lined with colorful buildings and beautiful churches, including the impressive St. Peter’s Church.

Another must-see area is the Art Nouveau district, which is considered to be the largest concentration of Art Nouveau architecture in the world. With its ornate facades, elegant balconies, and intricate decorations, it’s a fascinating area to visit.

The Riga Central Market is another famous attraction with impressive Art Deco-style pavilions, offering an authentic glimpse of local culture and cuisine.

The Latvian National Opera is a beautifully designed building featuring world-renowned opera and ballet performances.

Photo Credit to Jacques Bopp, Martin Kleppe, Darya Tryfanava, Daniels Joffe

The Grand Hotel Kempinski is our number-one choice for luxury lodging in Riga, and with all the options for cruises and tours, one might be surprised at how much this city has to offer.

104. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is a bustling city that offers a blend of modernity and history. One of the most beautiful areas in the city is the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica with its stunning neo-Romanesque architecture. Nearby is the Central Post Office, a grand colonial building designed by Gustave Eiffel.

The War Remnants Museum is also a must-visit attraction in the city for its educational value and the chilling reminder of the Vietnam War era.

The Bitexco Financial Tower is another notable landmark in the city, boasting a modern architectural design that stands out from the historical skyline.

For a glimpse of the city’s history and culture, visitors can head to the charming neighborhood of Dong Khoi, which is lined with colonial-era mansions and a mix of quaint shops and stylish boutiques.

Finally, the Saigon River offers stunning views of the city skyline and nearby areas, especially at night when the lights twinkle and create a beautiful sight.

Photo Credit to Georgios Domouc, Jet Dela Cruz, and Hans Jurgen Weinhardt

Two great hotels come to mind when one stays in Ho Chi Minh, they are the Reverie Saigon and the Park Hyatt Saigon. And as well, there are so many cruises and tours to take, it can seem difficult to choose just one!

103. Odesa, Ukraine

Odesa, a coastal city located in Ukraine, boasts stunning architecture and a rich history. The Potemkin Stairs are a must-visit landmark in the city, consisting of a grand staircase that leads up to the historic Odesa city center.

Another beautiful area of the city is the colorful and atmospheric Old Town, with its lively streets lined with charming cafes, trendy restaurants, and old-world architecture.

The Odesa Opera and Ballet Theater is another architectural wonder in the city. It is a stunning building with a unique design and beautiful interior that hosts world-class performances.

For a glimpse into local history, visitors can explore the Vorontsov Palace, which dates back to the 19th century and is home to many exhibits and artifacts.

Finally, one of the best places to enjoy beautiful views in Odesa is from the Potemkin Terrace. Located on a hilltop, it offers uninterrupted views of the Black Sea and the surrounding cityscape.

Photo Credit to Yana Hurska, Geio Tischler, Oleksandr Brovko, and Alex Levitsky and Dimitry Shamatazhi

102. Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is a city in Australia that offers a mix of modern architecture, rich history, and natural beauty. One of the most iconic landmarks in the city is the Story Bridge, an impressive structure that spans over the Brisbane River and offers breathtaking views of the city.

South Bank is another beautiful area in the city, with its vibrant art and cultural precinct, numerous cafes and restaurants, and stunning riverfront views.

The New Farm Park is another must-visit destination in Brisbane, with its lush greenery, manicured gardens, and abundant wildlife. Nearby is the iconic Brisbane Powerhouse, a dramatic arts and culture venue.

The Brisbane City Hall, with its grand architecture and stunning clock tower, is another impressive building in the city that offers a glimpse into the city’s history.

For a more modern look, the Gallery of Modern Art is also a unique building that showcases contemporary art and architecture in a beautiful setting.

Photo Credit to Bambi Corro, Ruel Del Jomorol, Brisbane Local Marketing, and Alice Duffield

And, with so many cruise and tour options it is hard not to entertain the thought of visiting this beautiful city.

101. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is a vibrant cultural hub that is known for its mix of modern and traditional architecture. One of the most famous landmarks in Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Twin Towers, which dominate the city’s skyline and provide unrivaled views of Kuala Lumpur.

The Batu Caves, a series of caves and temples, is another stunning location in Kuala Lumpur, with its intricate designs, colorful paintings, and immaculate sculptures. 

For a more traditional feel, the Kampung Baru neighborhood is a must-visit destination in Kuala Lumpur, with its beautiful wooden houses, tranquil streets, and bustling markets.

The Islamic Arts Museum is another gem of Kuala Lumpur, showcasing Islamic art and artifacts from all over the world in a stunning building.

Other must-visit destinations include the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, the Merdeka Square, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, all of which combine Malaysian culture, history, and architecture.

Photo Credit to Eijat Darus, Ravin Rau, Muhammad Faiz, Terrence Low, Esmonde Yong

The Mandarin Oriental and the RuMa Hotel are both excellent choices for when staying in KL. And with tons of tours to choose from, there is a lot to do. Too much, maybe!

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