Prague rated among the 50 most beautiful cities in the world
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Prague rated among the 50 most beautiful cities in the world

It’s not exactly breaking news to hear that Prague is a beautiful city.

But the Czech capital has ranked among the “Top 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World” in an updated list published by luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler earlier this month.



“Consistently voted one of the best cities in the entire world, the Czech capital has enough striking architecture, hilltop views, and charming markets to fill a dozen travel itineraries,” writes CN Traveler’s Caitlin Morton.

“Pro tip: Head to the Old Town between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. (before the rest of the tourists wake up), when the city has magical atmosphere and a sense of anticipation hangs in the air.”

Prague’s Astronomical Clock at Old Town Square

Prague, of course, isn’t lonely: nearly half of CN Traveler’s list of the world’s most beautiful locales (24 out of 50) were located in Europe.

Czech neighbors Germany (Hamburg), Poland (Krakow), and Austria (Vienna) were all represented on the list, though Slovakia and Bratislava missed the cut.

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Other popular European destinations including Paris, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam, Budapest, Lisbon, Tallinn, Bruges, Copenhagen, and more were also rated among the world’s most beautiful.

And because Prague is located smack-dab in the middle of Europe, that also makes it a great home base to visit the continent’s other beautiful cities.

Prague Castle overlooking the Vltava river at sunset

Only two U.S. cities (New York and Charleston, South Carolina) were rated among the world’s top 50 most beautiful; Canada was represented on the list by Vancouver and Quebec City.

Asian locales on the list of the world’s most beautiful cities included Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jaipur, Singapore, Busan, and Kyoto; Tokyo, apparently, missed the cut.

Looking for some inspiration on other beautiful cities around the world to visit? These are Condé Nast Traveler’s 50 Most Beautiful Cities in the world:

  • Paris, France
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Venice, Italy
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Athens, Greece
  • Sydney, Australia
  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Florence, Italy
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Bruges, Belgium
  • Busan, South Korea
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Québec City, Canada
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Jaipur, India
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Muscat, Oman
  • London, U.K.
  • Chefchaouen, Morocco
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Seville, Spain
  • New York, New York
  • Isfahan, Iran
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Rome, Italy
  • Shanghai, China
  • St Petersburg, Russia
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Singapore
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Quito, Ecuador
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Lucas Němec

Prague-based author with two decades experience living in and writing about the Czech Republic for local and international sites and publications. Nakládaný hermelín enthusiast and frequent Club-Mate drinker.

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