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What is your favorite capital city you've ever traveled to?

On Amateur Traveler this week we are talking about Canberra Australia which leads to this week's question, what is the best capital city you have been to? What makes it the best? Is it the most beautiful? Has the best museums? Has the best nightlife or food?

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  • Helmut P.

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    Santiago de Chile! You can find some coziness there, which is highly unusual for a LATAM capital. Add the wonderful climate, fairly decent price level, great people, the proximity of both stunning mountains and the sea, amazing food, great nightlife and plenty of outdoor things to do. Other high ranks on my list are Rome, Vienna, Berlin, Phnom Penh (though I don't remember exactly why), Lisbon, Madrid, London and Abu Dhabi. · (0 likelikes)

 

					
					
					
				

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  • Kat D

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    I love love love Yangon, London, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Bangkok but I have to say my favorite is and will probably always be Paris or Budapest. Both just total visual, cultural and gastronomic delights.

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      Would love to visit Budapest · (1 likelikes)

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      Budapest is gorgeous! I'm biased as it's my mother ship but it is really beautiful. I still have so much of it to explore! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Ross Sparks

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    I travel in central and South America a lot and Capitol city's in these areas are usually a little hairy. That being said I love MadridMadridimage from dailymail.co.ukit was beautiful, friendly, and delicious! I also asked my wife to marry me there so we have many memories. I'm sure there much better capitols but that's the one for me. I have been to all the major capitols in Europe also so that says a lot for Madrid! Jamon jamon jamon jamon sangria that's the key for a great time in Madrid !

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      well, proposing makes that city hard to beat :-) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Steve Whitty

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    Apart from London(I'm from the UK) I am going to say my favourite capital city is Ljubljana. I was left breathless by the beauty and friendliness of the people. It is the one city I would love to move to. Honourable mentions would go to Sarajevo and Tallinn

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      interesting, makes Ljubljana get a little higher on my list of places to see · (1 likelikes)

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      I'm obsessed with that city · (1 likelikes)

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  • Chris Christensen

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    General Trippy MediaAs we mentioned on the last Amateur Traveler show, I really enjoyed Luxembourg City. Small, very beautiful and unexpected.

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  • Will Taylor

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    Parisimage from orangesmile.comHi Chris,

    Your question proved rather difficult for me to answer. I've been to several dozen capital cities around the world, and just spent the last 30 minutes staring at a list of them to try to remember how I felt about each. With a few exceptions I tend to find capital cities less interesting than other cities - there is often a strong focus on politics and business in these places, with little attention or love spent on developing the aesthetics or artistic spirit which make other urban destinations so interesting. Hence, having narrowed down a short list and thought it through, I'll go with Paris as being my favorite capital city that I've visited. Despite the weather and too much cigarette smoke, this city has a magical soul that is difficult to match elsewhere. If you haven't been, you should go. The magic shall remain with you long after you leave.

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      hopefully that was an enjoyable 30 minutes or reverie :-) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Louise Miclat

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    It's been a while since I've traveled but from what I've experienced, I truly enjoyed London. There's something about it that historically intrigues me. Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the red call booths, and cobbled stone roads...all of it. Same goes for Rome. No place has ever made me feel so small and unaccomplished as much as Rome did!

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      you and me both · (0 likelikes)

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  • Michael Mayo

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    I was just in Madrid this October. I can truly say that it is a city of utmost festivities and artistic excellence. I am from the Bay Area; San Francisco is my golden standard.

    Madrid is also proximate to several UNESCO World Heritage sites like Toledo, El Escorial, and Segovia.

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    Bangkok , it's such a culture shock

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      looking forward to my first visit there in October · (0 likelikes)

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  • David Nuyen

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    Impossible to say only one capital like so many of the respondents here. So I will list them as there are a few:

    London fabulous and most vibrant of European cities

    Hong Kong - capital city on its own standing, fantastic food

    Singapore - hot and steamy most of the year with gorgeous food and the most luxurious accommodation.

    Bangkok - what a thrilling place to visit and the food!!

    Hanoi - subtle and old, interesting.

    Paris - what can one say, Paris is Paris.

    Rome - old , oh so old and so very interesting.

    Madrid - Spanish capital, a jewel amongst the corruption

    Brussels - food again... and historic, old buildings.

    Seville - capital of Andalucía, beautiful old city, culture, beauty and food.

    Beijing - another old, old place, and interesting with lots of interesting places to eat. Food is better in Hong Kong or Singapore but there are so many street markets here that are so cheap and good.

    Tokyo - not really my least favourite but a list like this can go on for a while. Again the food!!

    New York City - a list of capital cities must include New York as capital of the world, a favourite period. Not only my hometown, but unique in what it has to offer, just about anything and everything you could ever want or need.

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    Once I was visiting Washington, DC--home to many fantastic museums and a city of readers. I was on the Metro on a Saturday morning, and there was a little boy sitting near me. He was about 4 or 5 years old, and was just beside himself with excitement. I figured he was going to the National Zoo or something along those lines. After awhile, I asked him where he was going that day. He looked at me, bursting with excitement, and said "The Book Fair!". He was headed to the Mall to visit the National Book Fair, and couldn't have been more thrilled. Later, after visiting the Book Fair myself, I walked past a parking garage with a Book Fair bag slung over my shoulder. The attendant in the booth stepped out to ask me what books I had in my bag. I remember being impressed by the interest in books that I observed during my time there.

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  • Hazar Higgins

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    General Trippy MediaThis is Cairo in Egypt my most favorite city in the world so far,oh what a city,what an experience,wow !

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      Hi Hazar! Where is this? You should update your answer so that others can know where to find this amazing view :) · (1 likelikes)

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      It is Cairo Egypt ,I did write but it disappeared when I added picture. · (1 likelikes)

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      Thank you for updating! I need to visit someday :) · (1 likelikes)

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    For me it's the city/state Singapore - great food, great sights, you can be as busy or as laid back as you want to be, great bars. It just gets better all the time. While it can be expensive to drink in Singapore (and the haute cuisine isn't cheap), if you eat like a local you'll find it's not outrageously costly. Also, for sheer over the top delight, Tokyo - the food will blow your mind and the sights are extraordinary.

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    Edinburgh has some of the best architecture, great pubs and history (Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, St.Giles Cathedral for example) and is easy to get around on foot or using public transport. Go in Summer for the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe or for Christmas and the huge Hogmanay (New Year) party on Princes St.


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    I enjoyed the City of London England I also enjoyed Edinburgh in Scotland

    Vienna in Austria, Budapest in Hungary. And Paris in France they are all delightful.

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    I have recently been to Istanbuland I must tell you that despite the crowd and the buzz ( it is the city of Europe with the largest population) there are so many things to be amazed about that I lost the count.

    I wrote more about it here: Istanbul - a millennial fusion of cultures and ethnicities.


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    My favourites are Yangon, Bangkok, Jerusalem & Kuala Lumpur.

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    Well there are a lot of variables and personal preferences in this answer. I'm more a European Traveler. But best Capitol on a budget for Me would be Kiev. A lot of Historic Buildings, Warm Friendly people, amazing Churches and great historical museums and sites. Berlin has a lot of Culture & History. A long string of Art & History museums along Unter Der Linden Strasse. Checkpoint Charlie, Underworld Society has wonderful tours. The Ramones museum is in Berlin. Berlin is probably more mid-priced but some budgets can be found. Then Prague & Vienna both have wonderful food and shopping. Prague has the clock. Both have wonderful historic districts. Prague has Torture & Ghost Museums. A Ghost walk. I prefer Vienna in Winter. It is my most Favorite Winter Capitol. All the artwork along the River is amazing. St. Stephan's Church is great from top to bottom. The Christmas markets are very nice. But I think it is important to see as many Christmas markets as possible. They all have common items. But they all have unique items to that area or market. The lights, the decorations the cold mist floating along the streets. Amazing, priceless. I'll be there again this year!

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    I visited Tokyo 2 years ago fearing that it will be super crowded and that the lack of English speaking skills of the locals will hamper me.

    But I was completely taken by storm from what I experienced in the capital of japan in the 3 days that I spent there. Right from the time I landed there, the friendliness of the people trying desperately to help me locate my hotel to the wide open gardens beautifully maintained to the sub-way trains which proved to be a lifeline to the ancient temples and so many other amazing places whilst I was there was an eye opener. Here is a post I wrote on Tokyo - My 10 impressions from the city of Tokyo

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      I had the same experience. It also was not as expensive as I thought. I was there in Feb and had a decent hotel room (small) for $50 a night (half off for the season) · (0 likelikes)

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      Yeah, not as expensive though my hotel room was booked by Expedia as my trip was an all expense paid trip I had won in a blogging travel writing contest!! · (0 likelikes)

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    Beijing go to Yashow markets Sanlitun and bargain yourself into phones, shoes, coats and phone covers, really good value. Then go out to a boiling pot restaurant and have a great meal. Go up to the Great Wall Of China and then cruise around the forbidden city and Tiananmen Square it is all amazing and you have a great time. China is the best place to travel, the people are great and really helpful.

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    Personally for me PraguePragueimage from cge.pages.tcnj.edu very friendly to toursists, real spirit of Europe, reasonable prices! Fantastic parks off the beaten trap.

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      Prague is gorgeous · (1 likelikes)

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      I really want to visit Prague!!! I have a feeling I'd fall in love with it :) · (0 likelikes)

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