What Are the World’s Best Capital Cities?

Written by Chloe Harwood

For many people, the best form of travel is the kind where you simply head to a city for a short break and take in as much of it as you possibly can before it’s time to head back home. City breaks are more popular than ever before, and with so many fantastic cities out there, it’s not hard to see why. And of course, the best of all cities are capital cities. They’re not just large cities but the focal points of entire nations.

So which of the world’s great capital cities are truly the best? It’s certainly not an easy question to answer and everyone will have their own thoughts and feelings on the matter. But here are ten of the main contenders that certainly shouldn’t be ruled out if you’re looking to decide which capital is the world’s best. Each of them is unique and interesting in some way, and that’s what matters most. Identikit cities are no fun to explore and experience.

Keep reading if you want to find out more about ten of the world’s capital cities that certainly have a claim to be the very best. Allow this list of ideas to inspire you when you next plan a big trip to another country and you’re wondering which city you should try next. You just might find the place that’s ideally suited to you, so read on now.


Budapest is a city with a vast and sprawling history. There’s so much to explore and understand even if you only focus on the interesting museums that you can find in this city. It was once the centre of a now forgotten empire, before falling to fascism and later being embroiled in the Cold War. Aside from all that, Budapest is the jewel in Hungary’s crown. It’s stunning city with plenty you for you to do and see. The old architecture of the city is a marvel in itself, and there are plenty of events and cultural activities going on in the city too.


Denmark is one of those small Northern European countries that tends to fly under the radar. It’s not got the bright lights of Paris or London, but that doesn’t mean Copenhagen, the country’s capital, doesn’t have a lot to offer visitors like you. It’s actually a really fun location, and the local people the very friendly indeed. It’s a hidden gem of a capital city, and the food culture is surprisingly brilliant as well, if you’re into that kind of thing. It’s certainly not the cheapest place to visit, but it’s all worthwhile.


Anyone’s who’s been to Tokyo will have a full understanding of what the city has to offer and why it’s such an essential place to visit. Once you visit the place, you will want to go back again and again. It’s that kind of place, so make sure you are prepared to fall in love. Sure, it’s busy and it can set your head spinning at times, but don’t let that put you off at all because it’s all part of the fun of Tokyo. It’s a cultural wonderland filled with the kinds of stuff that you simply won’t find anywhere else in the world. And that’s as good a reason as any to visit it.


Jakarta is an interesting city for many reasons, chiefly the fact that it’s a patchwork of so many cultures from native elements to Dutch and Portuguese colonial hangovers. Even if you’re not interested in the rich social history and culture of this great city, you will still have a great time having fun there. It’s incredibly vibrant and there’s no shortage of things to do and see there. If you want to stay in the city, you can make arrangements at You can also explore the various islands nearby if you want to as well.


This is probably the most conventional choice on the list so far, but sometimes the big names really are the best. Paris is an example of that. It’s a city that’s at once ultra modern and moving with the times, while also embracing its rich and varied past. From the history of jazz music to the beginning of the moving image and the artists’ movements that have swept through the city down the ages; it truly is an incredible city that you need to experience once (preferably more) in your lifetime. There’s more to do there than you’ll ever have time for.


As long as you’re prepared for the cold temperatures of Moscow, it can be incredible place to visit. Definitely head there in the summer months because the winter can be pretty unbearable at times. If you do so, you’ll be fully able to enjoy everything it has to offer. Explore the city’s many attractions and activities at, and start planning for what you want to do there. It’s a much more varied and nuanced city than many westerners realise, so don’t dismiss based on what you see on the news.


Rome wasn’t built in a day, or so they say. And looking at it in the flesh, you can be glad of that fact. It’s a beautiful city that retains the charm and classic elements that have made it so famous and so well-loved by people all across the globe. It truly is a special place, and you can marvel at the centuries of history while you’re there, or you can embed yourself in the modern cultural landscape that can now be found in Rome; it’s up to you.


Seoul is a capital city like no other; it brings together the best of various Asian cities, creating a sprawling and modern metropolis that’s renowned the world over. It has aspects that remind you of Tokyo, while also have parts that feel more like a major American city. It’s somewhere that’s hard to sum up in a small number of words, but when you experience it for yourself, you’ll know what I mean. The night life is one aspect that you’re sure to enjoy if you enjoy the nightlife of American and European cities.


Not that long ago, Berlin was the world’s dividing line; it was where west met east and the Cold War was fought out. These days, both the west and east of the city have come on leaps and bounds, and it’s one of the most vibrant and youthful capital cities in Europe. And one thing that marks it out from other major European capitals is the fact that it’s much more affordable than places like Paris and London. It’s possible for young people to live in Berlin without spending the entirety of their income on rent, which has to be a good thing.


Canada is certainly not the most glamorous nation in the world, and it does tend to be overshadowed by its noisy neighbour over the border, but that doesn’t mean the city doesn’t have a great deal to offer you. Ottawa is underrated even within the context of Canadian cities. That’s because places like Toronto steal all the limelight and don’t leave much space for it. But in terms of its culture and the overall laid back nature of the city and its people, Ottawa has a hell of a lot going for it right now, so head there next time you get the chance.

If you’re a lover of great cities and there are any on this list you haven’t yet checked out for yourself, it’s time to start making plans to visit them. Each of them offers something unique and worth experiencing, so what are you waiting for?

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Chloe Harwood