Top 5 Most Iconic Cities Worldwide

Posted on Jul 4 2013 - 12:42pm by Cal McToldridge

Whether for an instantly recognisable skyline or home to one of the wonders of the ancient world, there are some cities that cannot fail to be iconic.



Whether you’re in Paris for a weekend break or taking a few weeks to enjoy the French capital, you’ll never run out of things to do. Any visitor to Paris will want to take in iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum; but don’t be so swept up in checking off all the standard tourist destinations that you miss some of the less well-known places. Visit the Musée du Moyen-Âge for a glimpse of the fabled “La Dame à la Licorne”, one of the most magnificent medieval tapestries in existence. To really experience the City of Lights, book a room in one of the many luxury hotels in the Paris’ city centre rather than braving the cramped accommodation to be found in the outlying districts.


London taxi

Like Paris, London boasts a multitude of spectacular buildings and locations. Once you have visited Big Ben and the London Eye, why not pay a visit to the British Museum? Here you’ll find treasures from all over the world. As well as giving the London skyline one of its most dramatic elements, St. Paul’s Cathedral is packed with beautiful religious art and has a fascinating history. Natural history and science buffs might be interested in a visit to Crystal Palace park, where you can view full-sized replicas of those iconic Victorian attempts to reconstruct prehistoric animals.



Cairo is one of the most unforgettable cities on Earth. If you want to witness the glory of the Pyramids first hand, you’ll need to begin here, in the hustle and bustle of the Egyptian capital. One of the largest cities in the whole of North Africa and the Middle East, Cairo is home to countless cultural treasures.

New York


If your ideal city is modern, magical and steeped with culture, a visit to the Big Apple is indispensable. New York is home to some of the most outstanding modern architecture in the world, from the Empire State Building to the Art Deco glories of the Chrysler Building. If you have any energy left after visiting world-class museums or picking up bargains at the famous New York City sample sales, New York’s nightlife is second to none. To take the biggest possible bite out of the Big Apple, you’ll want to stay in central New York accommodation— this will give you the perfect base from which to explore the city.

Hong Kong


The complex history of Hong Kong has produced a city that’s completely unique. If your tastes run to new cultural experiences, don’t miss the Cantonese opera at the Sunbeam Theatre or the latest offerings from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Art buffs will want to make a beeline for the Hong Kong Arts Centre or maybe visit the lively artistic community in the Foh Tan district. Perhaps the best time to explore the amazing city of Hong Kong is during one of the traditional Chinese holidays, particularly the Chinese New Year or during the Dragon Boat Festival.

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