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Top 10 Best Cities to Spend the Weekend

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

A new study revealed world’s best 100 cities to spend the weekend, European cities dominate the Top 10; only New York as outside of Europe is listed in the Top 10. The study considered a set of factors while evaluating the best cities.

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Those factors include how easy a city is to navigate, the ease of finding accommodation and the number of green spaces. To highlight which cities are best for millennials, families and baby boomers, the number of social locations such as restaurants, bars and clubs were also included, as well as cultural activities such as museums, art galleries and theatres. In addition, safety and tolerance were factored into the research, looking specifically at data on women’s rights and safety, LGBT friendliness and the perception of security.

The results give an overall score for each city, but also indicate which destinations are best for three different types of travellers; millennials, families and baby boomers. As a company who lives and breathes weekend travel breaks, weekenGO undertook the study to define what exactly makes a city great for a short visit, and to help travellers of different age groups and dynamics to choose a destination which best caters to their interests.

The study began with the top 1,000 cities determined by the number of visitors based on the UNWTO. The researchers then analysed all of these factors to create a ranking of the top 100 best cities to visit for the weekend.

The study by online weekend getaway portal and app, weekenGO ranked London, UK at the top spot.

Top 10 Best Cities to Spend the Weekend

# City Country Walkability Dining Museums and Galleries LGBT-Friendly Score Total Score
1 London United Kingdom 88.30 98.49 99.70 98.49 94.15
2 Berlin Germany 91.09 89.39 99.09 99.40 93.98
3 Vienna Austria 87.08 91.52 98.18 95.76 93.15
4 Hamburg Germany 93.39 90.91 90.30 86.97 92.68
5 Paris France 88.22 99.09 97.58 96.97 92.66
6 Amsterdam Netherlands 90.40 79.70 95.76 99.70 92.61
7 New York City USA 85.35 99.39 97.88 97.58 92.08
8 Munich Germany 90.13 89.09 90.30 93.64 92.07
9 Barcelona Spain 91.00 93.70 95.50 99.09 92.07
10 Madrid Spain 86.78 93.40 93.33 100.00 91.60

 

Top 10 cities for Millennials

 

# City Country Bars Clubs Concerts Women's Rights and Safety LGBT-Friendly Score Millennials Total Score
1 Berlin Germany 96.97 97.88 98.18 90.55 99.40 93.34
2 London United Kingdom 98.79 98.49 100.00 87.70 98.49 93.28
3 Amsterdam Netherlands 95.15 91.21 97.27 94.24 99.70 92.54
4 Vienna Austria 92.73 95.46 95.15 86.67 95.76 91.81
5 Paris France 97.88 96.97 98.49 82.55 96.97 91.74
6 Toronto Canada 89.70 93.03 96.67 92.61 99.39 91.66
7 Zurich Switzerland 84.55 90.61 94.55 96.73 80.30 91.02
8 Dublin Ireland 93.33 89.70 93.64 88.42 93.33 90.84
9 Munich Germany 89.09 95.46 96.36 90.91 93.64 90.79
10 Edinburgh United Kingdom 88.49 82.42 92.12 90.61 92.73 90.78

 

Top 10 cities for families

 

# City Country Green Spaces Cultural Events Museums and Galleries Security Families Total Score
1 Vienna Austria 92.81 98.18 98.18 96.97 94.46
2 Amsterdam Netherlands 85.60 98.49 95.76 92.73 91.98
3 Prague Czech Republic 85.00 99.39 92.12 88.18 91.71
4 Tokyo Japan 74.69 94.24 98.79 98.49 91.68
5 Zurich Switzerland 97.50 93.03 81.52 100.00 91.41
6 Hamburg Germany 83.44 99.70 90.30 98.79 91.31
7 Berlin Germany 86.50 97.88 99.09 84.24 91.21
8 Edinburgh United Kingdom 99.69 94.55 80.00 94.24 91.20
9 London United Kingdom 85.00 98.79 99.70 77.27 90.59
10 Munich Germany 83.44 95.20 90.30 95.46 90.41

 

Top 10 cities for baby boomers

 

# City Country Mobility Dining Cultural Events Security Baby Boomers Total Score
1 Zurich Switzerland 88.04 85.15 93.03 100.00 92.95
2 Vienna Austria 90.43 91.52 98.18 96.97 92.45
3 Hamburg Germany 86.14 90.91 99.70 98.79 91.70
4 Edinburgh United Kingdom 88.99 78.79 94.55 94.24 91.18
5 Prague Czech Republic 91.96 86.97 99.39 88.18 91.07
6 Singapore Singapore 96.13 95.15 89.70 96.06 90.88
7 Vancouver Canada 91.29 89.70 100.00 86.06 90.53
8 Tokyo Japan 89.30 100.00 94.24 98.49 90.43
9 Munich Germany 86.84 89.09 95.20 95.46 90.20
10 London United Kingdom 86.05 98.49 98.79 77.27 90.09

The full results and methodology can be found here: https://www.weekengo.com/en-EN/study/100-top-destinations-to-spend-a-weekend.html

Istanbul ranked 58th in the list

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