Part of the 151 Most Beautiful Cities in the World from AWTs MegaLists Series.
75. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
First off, and one of the most iconic places in Ubud is the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which stands as a testament to the island’s agricultural ingenuity, creating a picturesque landscape of cascading emerald-green rice paddies. The terraces not only provide breathtaking views but also offer an immersive experience of traditional Balinese farming practices.
No visit to Ubud is complete without exploring the Ubud Monkey Forest, a sanctuary where mischievous macaques roam freely amidst ancient temples and sacred banyan trees. This mystical site allows travelers to connect with nature and the spiritual essence of the island.
Ubud is home to several awe-inspiring temples, such as the Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and the Pura Taman Saraswati, with its mesmerizing lotus pond and traditional dance performances. These architectural wonders showcase intricate carvings and vibrant Balinese aesthetics, reflecting the island’s religious and artistic heritage.
For those seeking tranquility and serenity, the Ubud Royal Palace, or Puri Saren Agung, offers a glimpse into the past with its elegant Balinese architecture and well-manicured gardens. Witnessing the traditional dance performances here adds a touch of cultural immersion.
Lastly, the Campuhan Ridge Walk takes visitors on a scenic trek through lush hills and rice fields, providing breathtaking vistas of the surrounding countryside and offering a peaceful escape from the bustle of the town.
Photo Credit to Markus Winkler, Daryl Han, Wina Tristiana, and Radoslav Bali
74. Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm has a lot to see, point one might be the iconic Royal Palace, or Kungliga Slottet, with its magnificent Baroque architecture. The palace’s grandeur is also matched by the Changing of the Guard ceremony, a spectacular display of military tradition that draws crowds of visitors.
The historic district of Gamla Stan exudes charm with its cobblestone streets, colorful facades, and medieval architecture. The narrow alleys and charming squares make it a delightful place to explore, and landmarks like the Stockholm Cathedral and Nobel Museum add to the district’s allure.
Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum, offers a fascinating journey through Sweden’s past. Here, visitors can wander among well-preserved historic buildings, experience traditional crafts, and interact with native Scandinavian wildlife in the adjacent zoo.
For breathtaking views of the city, a visit to Fjällgatan is a must. This vantage point overlooks Stockholm’s islands and waterways, offering a postcard-perfect panorama that captures the city’s beauty.
In terms of parks, Djurgården stands out as an oasis of greenery and recreational opportunities. This island houses several attractions, including the enchanting gardens of Rosendals Trädgård and the captivating Vasa Museum, home to the 17th-century warship Vasa.
Photo Credit to Andreas M., Stories, and Ana Borquez
73. Zermatt, Swittzerland
The iconic Matterhorn mountain dominates the skyline and is one of the most famous peaks in the world. Its majestic presence lures hikers, climbers, and photographers seeking to capture its awe-inspiring beauty.
The quaint village of Zermatt itself is a picturesque sight, with traditional wooden chalets, charming streets, and a car-free environment that adds to its allure. The vibrant town center bustles with shops, restaurants, and charming cafes, all surrounded by the towering peaks of the Alps.
Gornergrat, accessible by a scenic cogwheel train, offers panoramic views that are simply breathtaking. From this vantage point, visitors can feast their eyes on the Matterhorn and a mesmerizing sea of surrounding peaks.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Sunnegga Paradise is a haven of natural beauty and recreational activities. Its alpine flower gardens, hiking trails, and the transparent Blauherd Lake create a tranquil setting for relaxation and exploration.
Adding to the charm of Zermatt are its serene parks, such as the Schönbiel Nature Reserve, where visitors can immerse themselves in pristine alpine landscapes, observing the native flora and fauna in their undisturbed habitat.
Photo Credit to Morgan Thompson and Daniela Altorfer
72. Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor, Montenegro, is a gem nestled between the majestic mountains and the Adriatic Sea, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and charming medieval architecture. The city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town is a must-visit site, surrounded by ancient city walls that provide stunning panoramic views of the Bay of Kotor, aka Europe’s Southernmost Fjord. Its winding coastline is dotted with charming villages, such as Perast, home to the famous Our Lady of the Rocks, a man-made islet housing a beautiful church and museum.
Stroll through its narrow, cobbled streets to discover well-preserved medieval buildings, picturesque squares, and historic landmarks like St. Tryphon’s Cathedral.
Perched atop the hill overlooking the Old Town, the imposing Castle of San Giovanni is another unmissable attraction. While the hike to the fortress may be a bit challenging, the reward is a spectacular view of Kotor and its surroundings.
For nature enthusiasts, a boat trip to the Blue Cave is a captivating experience. The cave’s iridescent blue waters create a mesmerizing ambiance, perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
For those seeking a tranquil escape, visit the Lovcen National Park, offering panoramic hiking trails, vast wilderness, and the mausoleum of Montenegro’s most significant poet, Njegoš, at its peak.
Photo Credit Radik Sitdikov, Polina Rytova, Pauline Heidmets, Despina Galani
71. Innsbruck, Austria
The city’s most iconic attraction is the Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), an ornate balcony adorned with thousands of gilded copper tiles, built in the 15th century for Emperor Maximilian I. It serves as a symbol of Innsbruck’s rich imperial heritage.
Another must-visit site is the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), a grand complex that was once the residence of the Habsburg rulers. It houses impressive rooms, museums, and exhibits that offer a glimpse into Austria’s royal history.
Nature lovers will find solace in the Nordkette mountain range, accessible by a funicular, offering breathtaking views of Innsbruck and numerous hiking trails for all skill levels. In the winter, the Nordkette also transforms into a popular skiing and snowboarding destination.
The Ambras Castle, which is said to be the oldest museum in the world, is located on the outskirts of Innsbruck, is a remarkable Renaissance castle that houses a collection of art and historical artifacts, while also boasting beautiful gardens and picturesque surroundings.
For a taste of Tyrolean culture, a visit to the Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium is a must. Not only is it a renowned venue for ski jumping competitions, but it also offers a panoramic platform with sweeping views of the city.
Lastly, the Alpenzoo is a unique zoo dedicated to Alpine wildlife, featuring various indigenous species, making it a delightful and educational experience for visitors of all ages.
Photo Credit to Anna Rosar, Alin Andersen, and Sarah Donisi
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