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    Based on my experience of travelling and living around Europe, I would like to make a list the the best cities by category, rating them respectively 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B. Note that I have listed Nordic countries or Ireland, and have only been to Praha and Budapest in Eastern Europe. Basically, the numeral ranking is about the overall beauty/quality, while the letters refer to the length of stay to fully enjoy the city (A the longest, C the shortest).

    1A : outstanding cities with enough sights for 1 to 2 weeks

    London
    Rome
    Florence
    Paris

    1B : same as 1A, but with sights for less than 1 week (usually 2 or 3 days)

    Salamaca
    Seville
    Venice
    Nice
    Oxford
    Cambridge
    Praha
    Vienna
    Istanbul

    1C : same as 1B, but with sights for just one day

    Cordoba
    Caceres
    Evora
    Pontevedra
    Santiago de Compostela
    Carcasonne
    Monaco
    Pisa
    Lucca
    San Gimignano
    Siena
    Lille
    Luxembourg
    Bruges
    Maastricht
    Bath
    York

    2A : very good destinations with sightseeing for several days, but less impressive overall than those ranked 1A.

    Brussels
    Amsterdam
    Copenhagen
    Stockholm
    Barcelona
    Madrid
    Lisboa
    Budapest
    Athens

    2B : Same as 2A, but with sights that can be covered in 1 day

    Granada
    Merida
    Milano
    Marseille
    Nimes
    Avignon
    Montpellier
    Antwerp
    Namur
    Delft
    Leiden
    Brighton
    Stratford-upon-Avon

    3A : Less beautiful cities with enough exceptional attractions for several days

    Berlin

    3B : same as 3A but with sights that can be covered in 1 day

    Bristol
    Portsmouth
    Salisbury
    Canterbury
    Munich
    Frankfurt
    Regensburg
    Bonn
    Trier
    Aachen
    Ghent
    Gouda
    Den Haag
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    you have been to all this places.. Damm i envy you!!!! hahaha... i agree with amsterdam, its a great city, but just for a couple of days. Paris is amazing, so agree with it too!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch Baka
    you have been to all this places.. Damm i envy you!!!! hahaha... i agree with amsterdam, its a great city, but just for a couple of days. Paris is amazing, so agree with it too!!!!
    Yes, I've been to all these places. However, I only selected those where I had been in the last 6 years to keep the comparison fair (so that I can remember all with about the same intensity). I have travelled a lot with my wife around Europe before coming to Japan. We bought a 2-month Eurolines pass for the main cities and also stayed in Spain for 2 months. As for Belgium and England, don't forget that I am the author of the Eupedia Belgium Guide and England Guide.
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    What about Kraków in category 1B.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Index
    What about Kraków in category 1B.
    I haven't been there, but I guess it's similar to Praha in ranking.
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    Three of my favourite cities are Chester - which I would rank 2C; Wells, the smallest city in the UK, which I would rank 1C; and Shrewsbury (strictly speaking not a city, but it feels like one), also 1C. I like Manchester too, but it would probably be 5A - lots to do, but it's ugly as sin! My own city - Stoke-on-Trent - I would rank as 5B. It is ugly, but there are lots of museums, enough for a few days - as long as you like ceramics! The only city I have been to outside the UK is Bruges, and I would agree with your ranking. We were there for 5 days, and if it hadn't been our honeymoon we would have been bored after a day or two.

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    oh i really envy you!!!

    for me, barcelona was really impresive, but nevermind...

    you've missed Sarajevo :) -''Europe's Best Kept Secret'' according to this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsuyoiko
    The only city I have been to outside the UK is Bruges, and I would agree with your ranking. We were there for 5 days, and if it hadn't been our honeymoon we would have been bored after a day or two.
    How comes you haven't done a day trip to Antwerp, Ghent or Brussels, which are all less than an hour away from Bruges ? Ghent is just 30min away and trains are really cheap in Belgium (compared to Britain).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    How comes you haven't done a day trip to Antwerp, Ghent or Brussels, which are all less than an hour away from Bruges ?
    Because I'm boring

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    I'm not at all well travelled - out of those listed, I've only been to Paris, London, Barcelona, Oxford, Cambridge, York, Stratford and Portsmouth. I'm glad Paris and London are near the top of your list - I love them both for different reasons!

    I really want to visit Riga, in Latvia - I plan to go there with some friends next summer. And we might go to Tallinn (Estonia) as well...

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    i am planning to go to Praha with my wife this winter... it looks so beautiful on the photo's, and not that expensive...!!!! tell me more about Praha maciamo!!!!!

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    Prague (Praha) is a magnificent Baroque city, very surreal, alchemical and mysterious. You must visit the Jan Svankmajer art gallery and walk a lot in the old town. A visit to one of the cellar beer halls such as U Flecku is a must. Food is not so good but who needs it when you've got atmosphere in spades!! Go dere.

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    Hey I'm going to Prague in Feb!

    What do you mean by atmosphere in spades?
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    All you have to do is walk around the old city and you can feel it, no explanation necessary.

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    The best city to visit in Europe is........ LEICESTER!!!!

    OK, so the looks aren't really special, but the people are THE BEST!!!

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    No brainer ... Paris!

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    Oh, what I'd give for a moment or two ...
    Under the plaster of Paris with you ...
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    I see that cities in my country are not mentioned.Anyway.
    I'm from Bulgaria. A small country in the southeastern part of Europe.
    If you visit it, I recommend you my native town Plovdiv. It has a great, charming atmosphere. As well as Nessebar. It is situated at the Black sea coast.
    Melnik-the smallest town in Bulgaria with beautiful houses and great wine.

    http://www.snimka.bg/album.php?album_id=11121&photo=20
    http://www.snimka.bg/album.php?album_id=11121&photo=24
    http://www.snimka.bg/album.php?album_id=11121&photo=32
    http://www.snimka.bg/album.php?album_id=10319&photo=2
    http://www.snimka.bg/album.php?album_id=10319&photo=4
    http://www.snimka.bg/album.php?album_id=9664
    http://www.snimka.bg/album.php?album_id=9664&photo=4
    http://www.snimka.bg/album.php?album_id=10026&photo=16

    The last two images are made in Balchik. A town which is situated north from Nessebar. Enjoy.
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    I've always been enjoyed Trondheim, Oslo, Budo, and Stockholm. London was also enjoyable and I have somegood memories of Cologne and and Trier.
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    I heard Rome is a chaotic city ,so Rome should out of 1A .

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4321go
    I heard Rome is a chaotic city ,so Rome should out of 1A .
    This thread is not about best cities to live, but to visit. And few cities can rival Rome in matters of touristical sights and atmosphere. Even for living - and I have lived there a few months - Rome is an extraordinary city, despite being a bit noisy and chaotic (hardly more than Tokyo though).
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    Right~ !

    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo
    Yes, I've been to al these places. However, I only selected those where i had been in the last 6 years to keep the comparison fair (so that I can remember all with about the same intensity). I have travelled a lot with my wife around Europe before coming to Japan. We bought a 2-month Eurolines pass for the main cities and also stayed in Spain for 2 months. As for Belgium and England, don't forget that I am the author of the Eupedia Belgium Guide and England Guide.

    Oh, You like travell very much~ I even guess you are a profession traveller before~ .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensuikan San
    No brainer ... Paris!

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    Just for the moment, though ... Paris might well be put on the "back-burner" !

    What the heck is really going on there ? Reminds me of the 1968 riots!

    How sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensuikan San
    Just for the moment, though ... Paris might well be put on the "back-burner" !

    What the heck is really going on there ? Reminds me of the 1968 riots!

    How sad.

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    Oh, now don't let a few riots keep you from visiting a wondeful city. I'm sure those riots will be over soon (hopefully).
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    they Burned 2000 cars in total, in 2 weeks time or so... and last night it spread out to I thought 9 other france city's... so not so fun in there at the moment!! so paris goes to 1B.. ;)

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    Maciamo what did you see in Lisboa?

    It's my home city, but now I live in a little village called "Azeitão"
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