Lonely Planet names top 10 best cities to travel to in 2020

22nd October 2019 

The country has now had two of its major cities honoured in global rankings.

Lonely Planet has named the top 10 best cities to travel to in 2020, with cities making the list hailing from different continents around the world.

Popular tourist destinations, such as Denver, Dubai, Vancouver and Washington DC have all made it on the list. Cities that are lesser known for their touristic credentials, like Kochi, India; La Paz, Bolivia; Bonn, Germany; and Galway, Ireland have also made the list.

In the number one spot as the top travel destination for 2020, according to the Lonely Planet travel guide, is Salzburg, Austria.

This will be Austria’s second city that has been ranked number one, after Vienna was ranked as the most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit's annual ranking of the world's urban centres.

The two cities are on differing sides of the country, with Salzburg close to the German border in the West of the country while Vienna is close to the Slovakian border, in the East.

The top 10 cities were ranked as: 10. Denver, Colorado; 9. Dubai; 8. Vancouver, Canada; 7. Kochi, India; 6. La Paz, Bolivia; 5. Bonn, Germany; 4. Galway, Ireland; 3. Cairo, Egypt; 2. Washington DC, USA; and 1. Salzburg, Austria.

Salzburg is well-known for two main reasons: world-famous composer Mozart called the city home over 250 years ago and secondly, the also highly acclaimed ‘The Sound of Music’ was set and filmed in the city.


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