12 Cities That Might Surprise You

Taipei 101, the tallest building of the world


Paris, London, New York, LA- they are some of the heavy hitters when it comes to city prestige. People know these cities’ names and associate feelings with their vibes and cultures. Some cities around the globe are so talked about and publicized that we feel like we know them inside and out.

However, what about the lesser known cities? Numerous other cities around the world are just as fascinating, culturally relevant and laced with history as the most famous tourist hotspots. Here we explore some of the world’s most fabulous cities that don’t get nearly as much attention as they deserve. In fact, these cities just might take you by surprise!

12. Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow City Skyline


Glasgow is probably not the first place you think about when you imagine a rockin’ music scene, but the truth is that the city boasts a multitude of clubs and concert halls, including the highly proclaimed Barrowland Ballroom. There is something here to suit every music taste. Glasgow is, surprisingly, also a fantastic family vacation destination, as it houses a number of intriguing museums as well as the Glasgow Science Centre.

11. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia


Cities such as Paris and Venice are often praised for their beauty, but they actually have some serious competition not that far away. With its intricately detailed, colorful buildings, the graceful Triple Bridge, the stunning Dragon Bridge and the lovely Ljubljana River, it is hard to take your eyes off the backdrop. However, for those who can avert their attention there are countless cafes and outdoor markets to enjoy along the banks.

10. Brasov, Romania

Brasov Old Town


With its old-world buildings and breathtakingly imposing scenery, Brasov is certainly an intriguing city to behold. A deeper look, though, reveals a story rich in both history and legend. Stay in Brasov and explore its many ancient buildings or travel a short distance to see either Bran Castle (also known as Dracula’s Castle) or Peles Castle (sometimes said to be the most beautiful castle in Europe).

9. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Boats at Dubrovnik old town port


Game of Thrones fans rejoice! Dubrovnik has been used as King’s Landing for the series due to its amazingly maintained medieval look. As you might imagine, setting foot in this city is like stepping way back in time. With the sparkling Mediterranean on one side and imposing walls along the other you will be in awe of your surroundings.

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