The 50 Most Visited Cities in the World and their Top Tourist Attractions
The 50 Most Visited Cities in the World and their Top Tourist Attractions! Whenever it comes to visiting places, you usually look for places that are away from the chaos of city life and where you can enjoy the pristine beauty of nature and spend some days ideally alone.
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But, there are also certain cities in the world, where all the travellers wanna go to get lifetime memories! So why not visit them at least once in a lifetime? MasterCard monitors how many people have paid for accommodation in interesting places around the world. Based on these data, it determines the index of world tourist destinations and compiles a list of the most visited cities.
And here is an ultimate list of the most visited cities in the world along with their top tourist attractions with amazing pictures and maps! They are often part of The most visited countries in the world!
Most Visited Cities in the World and their Top Tourist Attractions
1. Hong Kong, China (26.7 million international visitors)
In the southeastern part of China, Hong Kong is the autonomous territory. Once you are in this city-state, you will be welcome with outstanding skyscrapers, the lush green hills, the glittering harbour and lots of other amazing places. Nature has blessed the city open-handedly, and therefore, you can see a perfect amalgamation of urban life beside plenty of natural phenomena.
Get a ferry from the Central District that will make you experience the awesome view from the water. You will also get the influence of Buddhism throughout the city. Spend some time in the peaceful atmosphere of Po Lin Monastery.
Top tourist attractions in Hong Kong
1. The Peak
2. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
3. Hong Kong Disneyland
4. Ladies’ Market
5. Ocean Park Hong Kong
Find more great places to visit in Hong Kong. Read here about the 20 Best Places to Visit in Hong Kong.
2. Bangkok, Thailand (25.8 million international visitors)
So far you’ve enjoyed the beauty of Bangkok only in movies. This time, book tickets to spend your vacation in this, one of the most attractive cities around the world. This is a city of amazing sites, welcoming people, age-old culture, scrumptious local cuisine and breathtaking local customs!
If you are visiting the city for the first time include places such as Siam, Sukhumvit, Pratunam on the list. To know the traditional Bangkok more, you should not miss the Bangkok Old City and the riverside. And when you are here, how can you forget about shopping? Keep an entire day for that as the shopping malls will make you spellbound.
Top tourist attractions in Bangkok
1. Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw
2. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
3. Floating Market Damnoen Saduak
4. Chinatown (Yaowarat)
5. Wat Pho
Read here about the 14 Top Tourist Attractions to visit in Bangkok!
3. Macau, China (20.6 million international visitors)
Located on the southern coastline of China, this autonomous body of China is known as the ‘Vegas of China’. Actually, this city is heaven for gamblers around the world. But, that is not the only identity of Macau. To experience traditional Macau, you need to delve deep into the city.
The city was a Portuguese Colony for a long time; therefore, there is a mixed culture of Portuguese and Chinese style. You can visit the Portuguese architecture on the building while walking along the streets, paved with Chinese tiles. Start your beautiful day at Macau with Chinese breakfast that can stretch towards a full-course Portuguese lunch.
Top tourist attractions in Macau
1. Macau Historic Centre
2. Venetian Macao Casino
3. Guia Hill
4. Nam Van Lake Cybernetic Fountain Show
5. Taipa Village
4. Singapore, Singapore (19.8 million international visitors)
This is another city-state which is becoming much popular among travellers around the world. This is a city of reinventing and reimagining itself where people get never tired of creating new possibilities. This is the city which is always throbbing with life.
If you want to match your feet with the rhythm of the city, you need to know about the most happening places while visiting Singapore. This is a city for all. Whether you are an art lover, a foodie, action seeker, adventurist, or anything, Singapore comes to you with a complete package. To have a new experience at every step, visit Singapore now.
Top tourist attractions in Singapore
1. Marina Bay
2. Clarke Quay
3. Universal Studios Singapore
4. Gardens by the Bay
5. London, England (19.6 million international visitors)
If you are looking for the best cities around the world, London will always be in the top 5. While you are in this city, you need a proper plan to visit places here. You have to give more importance to the weather of the city while planning as you can see the maximum mood swing of London weather when you are here.
Carry an umbrella and sunglasses always with you. As London’s weather is not extreme at all, you can visit any time. But, visiting here during Easter or Christmas will let you experience a city bumping with joy and glitter.
Top tourist attractions in London
1. Buckingham Palace tour
2. Coca-Cola London Eye
3. SEA LIFE London
4. Madame Tussauds London
5. Churchill War Rooms
Read more about 45 wonderful places you must visit in London here!
6. Paris, France (19.1 million international visitors)
Whether for a destination wedding or if you are an art connoisseur, Paris never let down any of its guests. The city of light and fragrant will welcome you with all its treasure. Whether you visit the Eiffel Tower, or just roam around the city with a baguette, the city will present surprises at every turns you cross.
Paris offers beautiful weather year-long, so you can visit the city at any time. But, avoid August as this time there is a vacation and everything remains shut. For the rest of the year, Paris is ever ready with its bistros, museums, boulevards, designer shops and unique wine bars.
Top tourist attractions in Paris
1. The Eiffel Tower
2. The Louvre
3. The Musée d’Orsay
4. Notre-Dame Cathedral and île de la Cité
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7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates (16.3 million international visitors)
If you are planning to have a fun time with your family and friends, there can’t be anything than visiting Dubai. Whether to enjoy world-class shopping or to enjoy the multi-cuisine restaurants, Dubai is a city to get it all. How about spending an afternoon at a salon and spa? Yes, that can also be done there.
And don’t forget about the beaches. The sunset in any of the beaches in Dubai can create lifetime memories for you. Do you like skiing, not a problem at a local dessert here! If you are planning the honeymoon, there is no better place than Dubai to impress your newly-wedded wife. You can have enough together-time while enjoying the city, hand-in-hand.
Top tourist attractions in Dubai
1. Burj Khalifa – See Iconic Dubai from above
2. The Dubai Mall – A shopper’s paradise
3. The Dubai Fountain – An awe-inspiring show
4. Palm Jumeirah – A palm-shaped island
5. Dubai Creek – Ancient trade routes
8. Delhi, India (15.2 million international visitors)
The capital city of India is the epitome of mixed culture and tradition. The entire Delhi has different characteristics in it. If you go to Karol Bagh, you can see the middle-class lifestyle while Greater Kailash will show you the exuberance of lifestyle. Being the capital of the Mughal Empire, the architecture is highly influenced by that style.
And when you are here, you can’t miss the seventh wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal. Visit it on a full moon night to experience the ultimate romanticism of the place. From having a variety of street foods to shop contentedly, Delhi has more things to surprise her visitors.
Top tourist attractions in Delhi
1. Akshardham Temple
2. Lotus Temple
3. Connaught Place
4. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
5. Red Fort
9. Istanbul, Turkey (14.7 million international visitors)
While talking about the most attractive cities around the world, the cultural capital of Turkey definitely has to be on the list. This is a city that can show you the perfect amalgamation of east and west culture. Being located in the middle of both completely different worlds, Istanbul is rich in a variety of layers in history, colors, food, clothes, scents, and tradition.
When you are here to know about it, it will open itself to tell you stories. Spend your time in the small mosque, the gardens, or at any roadside tea stalls, you can get the whisper of the city that tells you about its glorious history.
Top tourist attractions in Istanbul
1. Basilica Cistern
2. Aya Sofya
3. Topkapi Palace
4. Blue Mosque
5. Istanbul Archaeology Museums
Find out what else is great there in Turkey: 20 Best Places to Visit in Turkey – cities in Turkey, monasteries, ancient sights, natural attractions
10. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (14.1 million international visitors)
Malaysia is not only about Singapore. Once you are in Kuala Lumpur, you will be mesmerized by the skyline, skyscrapers, Mogul-style domes, streets full of food stalls, and lots of other amazing things. This city will enthrall you with natural as well as manmade landmarks. Being the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is mingled with lots of culture and tradition.
There are Malay, Chinese and Indian citizens who have adorned the city in their own way. With Petronas Twin Towers, botanical gardens, street markets, and religious spots, like Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur never gets tired of surprising you. Plan for Kuala Lumpur for your coming vacation.
Top tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur
1. Petronas Towers
2. Menara KL Tower
4. Batu Caves
5. Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Read more about 20 Best Places to visit in Malaysia!
11. New York City, USA (14.0 million international visitors)
This is one of the most expensive cities in the world. The city is the trendsetter of the world. Whether it is any new fashion or some world-class cuisine, New York will offer you a lavish holiday to fill your life with fun and excitement. There are certain places in New York that you shouldn’t miss.
Include Times Square where you can watch world-class Broadway. Visit the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and so on to fill your bag of experience. Apart from that, you should also plan for Brooklyn Bridge Park, Central Park, Metropolitan Museum of Art and lots of other places.
Top tourist attractions in New York City
1. The Empire State Building – Observation Deck
2. One World Observatory
3. Top of The Rock Observation Deck
4. Times Square
New York is one of the 25 Best Places to Visit in the USA. Read here about these places and their best tourist attractions!
12. Antalya, Turkey (13.3 million international visitors)
This Turkish beach resort is popular among the tourists for its wonderful beaches, azure blue water and obviously the charismatic culture of the city. There are plenty of things you can do in Antalya. This labyrinthine old city offers numerous historic sites that include lots of ruins from where history will whisper to you.
If you are not a history buff, you don’t need to worry as the city is not boring at all. The turquoise coastline with a white sandy beach will make you forget all your troubles of life and have some real fun. From Hadrian’s Gate to Old Town, Kaleici, there are numerous spots of sightseeing in Antalya.
Top tourist attractions in Antalya
1. Hadrian’s Gate
2. Düden Waterfalls
3. Antalya Museum
4. Konyaaltı Beach
5. Yivliminare Mosque
13. Mumbai, India (12.4 million international visitors)
You can call it in many names, ‘the City that never sleeps’, ‘City of Dreams’, ‘Filmistan’(as the Bollywood industry is here) and so on. Initially, the city was known as ‘Bombay’. Later, it became ‘Mumbai’ and the name is derived from the temple of Goddess ‘Mumba’.
Mumbai is also known as the front door of India as this is the biggest trade hub on the western side of the country. With traffic jam, honks of cars, slum dwellers, and hawkers, this city has its own charm. Visit the temples; roam around the Marine Drive or go to the lavish restaurants, Mumbai has it all to satisfy its guests.
Top tourist attractions in Mumbai
1. Gateway of India
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station
3. Elephanta Caves
4. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
5. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
14. Shenzhen, China (12.3 million international visitors)
Located at the gateway between China and Hong Kong, Shenzhen can impress you with its beauty. If you are planning a vacation to Hong Kong, you can start your holidays here. This city is a business hub in the country. But, that is not the only reason for its popularity.
Each year, people visit Shenzhen in millions. And that is because of the huge shopping malls from where they can buy materials of international standard. The amusement parks are great for families who have kids. If you are on a business trip, your family won’t get bored at all while you are in this city.
Top tourist attractions in Shenzhen
1. Sea World – a popular plaza
2. Nanhai E-Cool – the old Sanyo factory
3. Tianhou Temple, Chiwan
4. Nanshan Mountain – lush green hills
5. Window of the World – a themepark
15. Phuket, Thailand (10,97 million international visitors)
If you are looking for a city that has all the amenities of urban life while you also get the chance to make an escape into nature, Phuket is the place. Once you see the turquoise blue sea and the long stretched sandy beach, you will instantly fall in love with the city.
You can have gone for adventure sports on the beach that includes scuba diving, snorkeling and so on. But, what you can enjoy the most in Phuket is its nightlife. Are you planning your bachelor party and looking for some incredible place? Phuket is the place you are looking for.
Top tourist attractions in Phuket
1. Phang Nga Bay
2. Phi Phi Islands
3. Bangla Road Nightlife, Patong Beach
4. Big Buddha, Chalong
5. Similan Islands, Phang Nga – Northwest of Phuket
There are lots of amazing beaches in Thailand but only 15 of them are the best of! Read more about 15 of the Best Beaches in Thailand here!
16. Tokyo, Japan (10.4 million international visitors)
The capital city of Japan is the most populous metropolis in the world. It includes several towns, cities, villages and even two attractive islands, Izu and Ogasawara Island. Once you are here, you can experience the culture of Japan along with the dining style, means of entertainment, endless options for shopping and lots more.
What will make you surprised at Tokyo is the orderly crowd. With more than 35 million people, this metropolis can maintain order amazingly. Every single person will wait to cross the road until it is signalled. Also, you should remember that you must not tip anyone, anywhere in Tokyo.
Top tourist attractions in Tokyo
1. The Imperial Palace and its gardens
2. Shibuya – Tokyo’s shopping Mecca
3. Sensoji Temple
4. Meiji Jingu Shrine
5. Shinjuku Gyoen public park
If you wish to visit Japan, read more about these 15 Best Places to Visit in Japan!
17. Rome, Italy (10.3 million international visitors)
If you are interested in the history of civilization, you should visit Rome once in your life. While talking about Italy, you will get numerous places to visit. But, not going to the center of the Renaissance will be a great mistake.
Every corner of the city is full of historical evidence of the glorious past of a strong civilization which was one of the most important ruling powers of that time. What to visit in this city? Rather, you should ask whatnot. From the Colosseum to St. Basilica, and the Vatican City, you can cover it all when you are in Rome. During our last visit to Rome, we stayed at the camping site, which was not in the city center, though, but was set in wonderful gardens and served with great public transport system connections.
Top tourist attractions in Rome
2. Roman Forum
3. Trevi Fountain
5. Palatine Hill
Rome has much more to offer. Check this article about 35 of the Best Places to visit in Rome, including a map and wonderful pictures! And if you are a fan of romantic Italian cities you should also go through The 35 Most Beautiful Cities in Italy and their Top Tourist Attractions! Having one of the highest numbers of UNESCO sites in the world you should also see 55 UNESCO Sites in Italy. Or just find your best beach in Italy here: The 20 Best Italy Beaches and top tourist attractions around them!
18. Agra, India (10.1 million international visitors)
Agra is located about 200 km south of the Indian capital Delhi and has a population of half a million residents. The city was founded in the 16th century by a great mogul named Agbar, who conquered many states in northern India during his reign and made Agra the capital of his empire.
The city has several historic buildings that are among the foremost artistic monuments of Islamic architecture. The most beautiful architectural monument of Agra is the mausoleum of the Taj Mahal, which Shah Jahan had built for his wife.
Top tourist attractions in Agra
1. Taj Mahal mausoleum
2. Agra Fort
3. Itmad-ud-Daula mausoleum
4. Tomb of Akbar the Great
5. Chini Ka Roza mausoleum
19. Taipei, Taiwan (9.98 million international visitors)
Go to Taipei as this city is best to explore solo. And while exploring the city, you can also dig down yourself and get the answers to all your questions. Usually, this city is famous for its night markets and the lip-smacking street foods. This is a city of fusion culture.
While you will see the dominant characteristics of Chinese culture in this city, there are parts that have accepted the Japanese, American and Southeast Asian cultural influence. Another exciting thing about Taipei is that the majority of apartments here has no kitchens. Dining out is hugely popular as the foods are cheap, of good quality and tasty.
Top tourist attractions in Taipei
1. Taipei 101 skyscraper
2. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial
3. Maokong Gondola
4. Longshan Temple
5. Shilin Night Market
20. Pattaya, Thailand (9.95 million international visitors)
From the movies, you are quite well known about the beauty of Pattaya. Yes, this beach city has become too much popular because lots of shootings are done here. But, if you want to have a live experience of the city, book your flight tickets now and enjoy it on your own.
It is the city which comes with picturesque natural beauty. The beaches are awesome to spend your day. There are lots of beach sports you can play over there and take part in lots of adventures. The Buddhist temples are worth to visit here. Don’t forget to experience the authentic Thai cuisine while you are in Pattaya.
Top tourist attractions in Pattaya
1. Jomtien Beach
2. Walking Street and Pattaya Beach
3. Sanctuary of Truth
4. Sriracha Tiger Zoo
5. Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden
21. Mecca, Saudi Arabia (9.8 million international visitors)
This is the holiest city for Muslims around the world. As it is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, this is the pilgrimage for every Muslim. Visiting Mecca once is the dream of them and they arrange money throughout their life for this. Usually, Mecca is not that much a welcoming city for the non-Muslims, but that doesn’t mean it is not beautiful.
The mosque is itself a work of art. The architecture is amazing that will definitely attract tourists. Each year, the number of visitors crosses millions in Mecca.
Top tourist attractions in Mecca
1. Grand Mosque (Haram)
2. Jabal-Al-Noor (Mountain of Light)
3. Al Kiswa Factory
4. Makkah Mall
5. Makka auction
22. Prague, Czech Republic (9.15 million international visitors)
For history buffs, this is another dream destination. The baroque and the gothic architecture of this city talk about rich history. Also, you should not forget to visit the astronomical clock of Prague. That is 600-year-old and as beautiful as it was at its beginning days.
Are you fond of beer? Prague is the city of Europe where you can get the best quality beer that will leave an unforgettable taste on your palate. Whether you visit the famous Prague Castle or roam around Old Town Square, the incredible architecture will surely blow your mind. Read more about the best places to visit in Prague!
Top tourist attractions in Prague
1. Charles Bridge and bridge towers on both sides
2. Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
3. Old Town Square and Orloj (Old Astronomical clock)
4. Jewish Quarter – cemetery, synagogues
5. Wenceslas Square
23. Seoul, South Korea (9.1 million international visitors)
Seoul is one of the most highly fashionable and technological cities around the world. The deeply rooted culture and tradition, absolutely unique architecture, unique food culture, along with the dynamic visiting places, this city is always throbbing with life in the K-Pop beat.
Seoul will welcome you warmly, especially during the fall and the spring, which are definitely the best seasons for a visit. You can see it in its changing colour these times. While spring will bloom in cherry blossom pink and white, you can get a fiery red and orange during the fall.
Top tourist attractions in Seoul
1. Dongdaemun Market – a huge shopping district
2. Gyeongbokgung Palace
3. N Seoul Tower
4. Namdaemun Market
5. Seoul City Wall
24. Guangzhou, China (9 million international visitors)
As this busy city is located between the South China Sea and Hong Kong, it has become one of the busiest business hubs in the country. But, that won’t desist tourists to enjoy the city in the full. If you are on a business trip, Guangzhou is the best place for that.
In between your busy office hours, you can take a walk through the leafy alleys while getting astonished by the soaring towers and skywalks. While here visit places like New Guangdong Museum, the temple of the six banyan trees, Yuexiu Park, Guangzhou Opera House and others.
Top tourist attractions in Guangzhou
1. Bright Filial Piety Temple
2. Shamian Island
3. Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family (Chen Clan Academy)
4. Yuexiu Park
5. Western Han Nanyue King’s Tomb Museum
25. Osaka, Japan (8.99 million international visitors)
Osaka has a population of 2.5 million. It is the industrial heart of Midwestern Japan, known for the straightforwardness and kindness of its inhabitants and great cuisine. At the end of World War II, Osaka was practically razed to the ground by American bombers, and only a handful of historical monuments have been preserved.
The modern city, full of concrete skyscrapers and overhead highways, nevertheless has its atmosphere and with the arrival of night it turns into a vibrant city that will enchant every visitor.
Top tourist attractions in Osaka
1. Osaka Castle
3. Universal Studios Japan
4. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
26. Medina, Saudi Arabia (8.8 million international visitors)
Medina is the capital of the Al-Madinah region of Saudi Arabia. In the heart of the city lies the mosque of al-Masjid an-Nabawi (“Mosque of the Prophet”), which is the burial place of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Medina is one of the three holiest cities in Islam, the other two are Mecca and Jerusalem.
Top tourist attractions in Medina
1. Al Masjid an Nabawi mosque
2. Quba Mosque
3. Uhud Mountain
4. Al-Baqi’ cemetery
5. Masjid Al Qiblatayn mosque
27. Amsterdam, Netherlands (8.8 million international visitors)
This can be a fairy tale city for many tourists. Enjoying the view, while boating in the golden canals, is amazing. The gabled houses, lush green parks, whirring bicycles, roadside cafes, exciting shopping centres – Amsterdam is an amazing combination of all.
Besides these, the quirky nightlife of the Dutch Capital always makes it exclusive than any other city in Europe. If you want a list of must-visits in Amsterdam, you should not miss the royal palace, Koninklijk Paleis, museums, like The Van Gogh Museum, 47-hectares Vondelpark and so on. This city is so beautiful that it will compel you to visit again.
Top tourist attractions in Amsterdam
1. Anne Frank House
3. Van Gogh Museum
5. Dam Square
28. Denpasar, Indonesia (8.58 million international visitors)
Denpasar, the capital of the island of Bali in Indonesia, offers several cultural and historical monuments and museums from both the period of Dutch colonization and recent years. Denpasar, as the center of it all, hosts many events and festivals, including the annual Grand Balinese Art Festival.
And of course, as everywhere else on this unique island, there are also beautiful Hindu temples and bowls with gifts to the gods in shrines or just scattered on the streets. During your stay in Bali, it is definitely worth spending a day in Denpasar.
Top tourist attractions in Denpasar
2. Tanah Lot rock formation
3. Sanur – a coastal stretch of beach
4. Bajra Sandhi Monument
5. Jalan Legian street
29. Miami, Florida (8.3 million international visitors)
If you are willing to spend your vacation in a beach town, Miami will definitely be one of the greatest places in the world. This is really a handsome city to spend your holidays. The artworks of the buildings are worth to watch while the exotic beaches will cast spell on you.
And when you are in Miami, how can you avoid the blazing nightlife over there? Spending the sleepless night on the beach with your beau is itself a carnival of life. Also, you should visit places, like Fairchild Tropical Garden, Perez Art Museum, Bayfront Park and so on.
Top tourist attractions in Miami
1. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
2. Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
3. Lummus Park
4. Zoo Miami
5. Shark Valley Visitor Center
Florida is home to some of the best beaches to visit in the USA. Read more about them here: 15 of the Best beaches to visit in the USA.
30. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam (8.2 million international visitors)
Ho Chi Minh City, still known as Saigon (its former name) is a city that combines the old French colonial style, old pagodas, but also the skyscrapers of a modern city. The streets are always full of motorcycles and scooters.
Compared to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, Saigon is significantly further away. While Hanoi is more of a traditional Vietnam, Saigon is the embodiment of modern Vietnam, reflecting the country’s rapid economic growth.
Top tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City
1. Cu Chi Tunnel
2. Ben Thanh Market
3. Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon
4. War Remnants Museum
5. Bitexco Financial Tower
31. Chennai, India (7.9 million international visitors)
Chennai (formerly known as Madrás) is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It lies on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. It is a modern bustling city, which is unpleasantly reminiscent of eternal smog.
The streets are constantly crowded with motorbikes and cars. However, it still offers a lot to tourists. The sightseeing tour of the city includes the fortress of st. Georgia, museum, Snake Park, temple, and Beach promenade.
Top tourist attractions in Chennai
1. Marina Beach
2. Fort St. George
3. Government Museum Chennai
4. Guindy National Park
5. Santhome Cathedral Basilica
32. Shanghai, China (7.75 million international visitors)
China’s biggest city with 24 million residents also gets numerous visitors each year. While Shanghai is rich in its history and culture, this is also bubbling with modernization and glamour. The first thing that drags your attention in this city is the architecture.
Visit the Buddhist temples, the Jewish synagogues, and the Jesuit cathedrals; with mixed culture, these buildings will also give you ideas about different types of architectural influence. When you are in a new country, you definitely want to shop. Hop in the boutiques or the marketplaces to find authentic Chinese materials to gift your friends and family back in the country.
Top tourist attractions in Shanghai
1. Yu Garden
2. The Bund
3. Oriental Pearl Tower
4. Shanghai Disney Resort
5. City God Temple of Shanghai
33. Los Angeles, USA (7.73 million international visitors)
Los Angeles, the city of angels and the city of gleaming luxury, the Mecca of the American film industry. Crowds of famous Americans are heading here, who believe that their dreams of a film career will come true here.
The beach in Santa Monica is still the same as when Pamela and Mitch raced along it… The beaches in L.A. are some of the best in all of California, and from May to September they are also packed with tourists. The most famous and popular beaches are Santa Monica Beach and Venice Beach.
Top tourist attractions in Los Angeles
1. Disneyland Park
2. Universal Studios Hollywood
3. Hollywood Sign
4. Santa Monica Pier
5. Griffith Observatory
34. Jaipur, India (7.56 million international visitors)
Jaipur is the capital of royal Rajasthan and at the same time one of the most beautiful Indian cities. The city is famous for its pink stone buildings.
You should definitely visit the Sultan’s pink stone Hawa Mahal harem, meet the largest astronomical gadgets in the giant Jantar Mantar observatory, head out to the mighty Amber Castle towering over the city and get lost in the alleys of the huge bazaar.
Top tourist attractions in Jaipur
1. Amber Palace
2. Hawa Mahal
3. City Palace, Jaipur
4. Jal Mahal
5. Nahargarh Fort
35. Johor Bahru, Malaysia (7.2 million international visitors)
Johor Bahru is the capital of the Malaysian state of Johor, which lies in the south of the Malaysian Peninsula and is directly adjacent to Singapore.
Johor Bahru, also known as JB, is Malaysia’s second-largest city and also a tourist destination with world hotels, modern shopping malls, restaurants, and theme parks. It is the southern gateway to Malaysia and has become a popular shopping and entertainment destination for visitors from Singapore. The city is not very rich in cultural monuments, but those that are here are definitely worth seeing.
Top tourist attractions in Johor Bahru
1. LEGOLAND Malaysia
2. Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque
3. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town
4. Johor Zoo
5. Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
36. Barcelona, Spain (7.0 million international visitors)
To experience Barcelona the most, you can discover the city on foot. Take your backpack and a map and start strolling. If you are alone, exploring the city will be more exciting. The modernized architecture, especially the work of Antony Gaudi is really a must-visit for tourists.
Along with that, you should also visit Casa Amatller and Palau de la Musica Catalana. For live music concerts, Barcelona is highly popular among the tourists and the locals. Check out the programs at The Gran Teatre del Liceu, which will make you spellbound with its golden decoration, plush red carpet, and ornate carvings.
Top tourist attractions in Barcelona
1. Sagrada Família
2. Park Güell
3. La Rambla
4. Casa Milà
5. Gothic Quarter
Barcelona is not the only city in Spain that worth visiting. Read more about Cities in Spain – 25 of the Best Cities and Towns to visit in Spain and their Must-Visit Attractions!
37. Cairo, Egypt (6.8 million international visitors)
Cairo, also known as the ‘mother of the world’ is harsh, attacking all the senses. More than sixteen million Egyptians, Arabs, and Africans live in a chaotic, noisy, polluted, and unpredictable city. Houses of Nile mud can be seen aside from modern office buildings.
It is an important spiritual and cultural center of the Arab and Islamic world. The most interesting monuments of the city include the Egyptian Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Cairo Tower, Ramzes II Obelisk, Botanical Garden, ZOO, Al Akmar Mosque from the 12th century, Museum of Islamic Art, Muhammad Ali Mosque.
Top tourist attractions in Cairo
1. Giza Necropolis / Giza Pyramid Complex
2. The Egyptian Museum
3. Khan el-Khalili famous bazaar
4. Mosque of Muhammad Ali
5. Salah Al-Din Al-Ayoubi Castle
38. Las Vegas, USA (6.6 million international visitors)
You are welcome to ‘Sin City’. This is the city of the carnival. If you have any weird dream, it’s only in Las Vegas where your weirdest dream can come true. This is the city that never sleeps. Whether you are in the plush casinos, or in the nightclubs, the night will get younger as time goes by.
You have to keep up the pace with the lively life of this city. But, when you are here, you need to follow certain rules too. Like, there are norms you have to follow in casinos and clubs. Know these well to play safely in Las Vegas.
Top tourist attractions in Las Vegas
1. Las Vegas Strip
2. Bellagio Hotel and Casino
3. MGM Grand casino resort
4. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
5. Luxor Hotel & Casino
39. Milan, Italy (6.6 million international visitors)
If you are a fashionista and always look for what is trendy, visit Milan especially when the fashion weeks are celebrated there. You will get to see the best fashion in the world. To memorize your visit, you can also delve deep into the city more.
This is the fast-growing metropolis where looking good is a must and you should always be in etiquette. Visit the luxurious spas, hotels, restaurants, and galleries and fill your memory book with the best memories you can gather. Italian cuisine needs to be mentioned especially while talking about the city. You can have authentic Italian dishes along with the twist of Milanese cuisine.
Top tourist attractions in Milan
1. Milan Cathedral
2. Sforza Castle
3. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
4. The Fashion District – Quadrilatero della Moda
5. Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
40. Vienna, Austria (6.6 million international visitors)
Vienna is the city of parks, palaces and obviously of sausages. The Austrian capital is famous for the very high quality of life and while you visit the city as a tourist you can understand that easily. The imperial palaces and the baroque streetscapes will mesmerize you on the go.
You can take any ride to roam around the city, but what you experience by riding on a bicycle is really exclusive. There are countless kilometers of cycling paths in Vienna and around that will help you to have a great experience of sightseeing. Rent one and have a tour through the city on the Danube.
Top tourist attractions in Vienna
1. Schönbrunn Palace
4. St. Stephen’s Cathedral
5. Vienna State Opera
These 25 Best Places to Visit in Vienna will get you!
41. Athens, Greece (6.3 million international visitors)
Travellers visit Athens mainly for the largest concentration of ancient monuments in Europe. Within the historic center, you will find the remains of ancient Greece literally on every corner.
The beaches, mostly sandy, stretch practically along the entire Athenian coast from the port of Pierus to the very south to Glyfada.
Top tourist attractions in Athens
1. Acropolis of Athens
3. Temple of Olympian Zeus
4. Ancient Agora of Athens
5. Old Temple of Athena
42. Ha Long, Vietnam (6.25 million international visitors)
Ha Long is well known to be among the seven wonders of the world. You have certainly seen fantastic rocks rising from the sea. The area is huge, most of it still has original life, it is full of fishermen and floating villages.
The city of Ha Long has two parts. Hon Gai is an old town with a market and the other is purely touristy, Bai Chay.
Top tourist attractions in Ha Long
1. Tuan Chau Island
2. Bai Tu Long Bay
3. Sun World Halong Complex
4. Ha Long Queen Cable Car
5. Bãi Cháy Bridge
43. Berlin, Germany (6.19 million international visitors)
Berlin is one of Europe’s icons, whether we are talking about history, fashion or culture. German precision is reflected here in both older and modern architecture, it is never far from shopping, art, or sports. In Berlin, you will have plenty of everything you can think of.
In contrast to Paris or Rome, Berlin is poor in stunning monuments and romantic nooks. Nevertheless, it attracts crowds of tourists, to whom it offers a heritage of dramatic history and a unique atmosphere of a multicultural mix.
Top tourist attractions in Berlin
1. Brandenburg Gate
2. Reichstag Building
3. Berlin Wall Memorial
4. Museum Island
5. Berliner Fernsehturm television tower
Read more about Berlin attractions here: 25 Best Places to Visit in Berlin with pictures and map! Or explore more beautiful cities in Germany you should visit!
44. Cancun, Mexico (6.15 million international visitors)
Cancun is a Mexican party city with amazing beaches along the Caribbean Sea. Most tourists heading to the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula arrive in Cancún, so it is one of the most expensive and most tourist-oriented cities on the peninsula.
Although Cancún is best known for its beaches, it offers much more. Let’s take a look at the five most interesting things you can see and experience in Cancun.
Top tourist attractions in Cancun
1. Cancún Underwater Museum
2. Playa Norte beach
3. Xcaret Park theme park
4. El Meco Archaeological Site
5. Ventura Park Cancun
Cancun is nice, but Mexico has a lot more to offer! Read about these 15 Top Cities to visit in Mexico and their top tourist attractions!
45. Moscow, Russia (5.9 million international visitors)
With its 13 million inhabitants, the capital of Russia is also the largest city in the whole of Europe. It is home to many world cultural institutions, universities and has become a major shopping center.
Many people return from Moscow with the feeling that they will never go to it again in their lives, many people will fall in love with the city at first sight. Moscow is controversial, but at the same time it hides an inexhaustible amount of sights and entertainment.
Top tourist attractions in Moscow
1. The Moscow Kremlin
2. Red Square
3. St. Basil’s Cathedral
4. Bolshoi Theatre
5. Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure
46. Orlando, USA (5.7 million international visitors)
Orlando is the fifth-largest city in Florida and is situated about an hour’s drive from the Atlantic Coast. For many tourists, Orlando is best known for its big theme parks – Disney World, Universal Studios, and Seaworld – and several smaller parks.
The approximately 50 million tourists who visit these parks each year have made sleepy Orlando an informal capital of entertainment.
Top tourist attractions in Orlando
1. Walt Disney World® Resort
2. Universal Orlando Resort
3. SeaWorld Orlando
4. Discovery Cove
5. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – one hour drive from Orlando
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47. Madrid, Spain (5.6 million international visitors)
Madrid is a spectacular cosmopolitan city, perfectly clean, tidy, outcast. It attracts tourists to some of the most important art collections in Europe, but also to the renovated historic district and amazing palaces headed by the Royal Palace.
Madrid is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in Spain, the capital and largest city of the country, and it is also the highest capital of the European Union.
Top tourist attractions in Madrid
1. Plaza Mayor
2. Museo Nacional del Prado
3. Royal Palace of Madrid
4. El Retiro Park
5. Gran Vía
Madrid is the most visited city in Spain, but there are more cities in Spain worth a visit! Check this amazing list of 25 of the Best Cities and Towns to visit in Spain and their Must-Visit Attractions!
48. Venice, Italy (5.59 million international visitors)
Who wouldn’t know Italian Venice! A popular destination for millions of tourists from around the world. The city attracts visitors for its unique romantic atmosphere, historical monuments, gondolas, the seaside climate but also great food.
Venice has a population of about 260,000 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its cultural richness and unique architectural side, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is no coincidence that it is one of the three most visited Italian cities (the others are Rome and Milan).
Top tourist attractions in Venice
1. Saint Mark’s Basilica
2. St. Mark’s Square
3. Doge’s Palace
4. Rialto Bridge
5. Grand Canal
Find out more about UNESCO sights in Italy here: 55 UNESCO Sites in Italy with photos and map!
49. Dublin, Ireland (5.46 million international visitors)
The capital of Ireland has undergone significant change over the last ten years due to a remarkable economic boom. Today it is one of the most visited European destinations, it is a vibrant city with a tangible atmosphere.
Prosperity gives the city a confident shine. What remains is the spirit of its people, confirming that, despite the changes, Dublin has maintained a reputation as one of the most humble, friendly and accessible places.
Top tourist attractions in Dublin
1. Guinness Storehouse
2. Dublin Castle
3. Phoenix Park
4. Kilmainham Gaol Prison
5. St. Stephen’s Green public park
Dublin is among 15 of the best places to visit in Ireland!
50. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (5.45 million international visitors)
Masmak Fortress is one of the most popular tourist attractions and is also the historical landmark of the city of Riyadh. Salaam Park Riyadh is one of the few natural elements in the city.
National Museum of Saudi Arabia which is also located in the city is the most visited museum in Saudi Arabia and also one of the largest museums in the Middle East.
Top tourist attractions in Riyadh
1. Kingdom Centre – 99-story, 302.3 m skyscraper
2. Masmak Fortress
3. King Abdulaziz Historical Center (National Museum)
4. King Abdullah Park
5. Wadi Hanifah
So, here you get to know about the most visited cities in the world. Each one of them is unique and has an exclusive scent, taste, culture, history, and tradition. I used Euromonitor International statistics and their numbers of visitors per each city.
While some cities are glorious with their past, there are other cities that are booming faster to be the greatest metropolis in the world. While some show you better sunrise, the other ones have exotic nightlife. Therefore, if you are planning the vacation, you can randomly pick a place and set on. If you are still looking for more holiday ideas, check our article about Most visited countries in the world!