Looking for the perfect city break in 2020? Lonely Planet has released their top 10 cities to visit in the coming year. From street art in India to historical anniversaries in the US, here’s all their picks for the best city break experiences this year.
1. Salzburg, Austria
Setting of the classic Sound of Music, Salzburg’s mesmerizing Old Town is only upstaged by the green rolling hills that serve as the city’s backdrop. Why go in 2020? This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Salzburg Festival, and the celebration of classical music, opera, theatre and more promises to be extra special for its centennial.
2. Washington, DC, USA
The US capital is a multicoloured wonderland in spring: lush green parks, pale pink cherry blossoms, and the iconic White House make you feel like you’re in a pastel painting. Why go in 2020? Washington DC will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, by setting up new and exciting exhibits in some of its most famous museums.
3. Cairo, Egypt
Egypt’s largest city (and capital) is home to beautiful mosques, bustling souks (markets) and hearty breakfast spreads. What’s more, the famed Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx are just a stone’s throw away. Why go in 2020? The opening of the city’s Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled for this year -- expect next-level exhibitions on Egyptian civilization.
4. Galway, Ireland
This Irish harbour city is marked by its colourful, walkable streets, cozy pubs, and green tree-dotted central square. Why go in 2020? The region of Galway has been named the 2020 European Capital of Culture, and it plans to celebrate in style with theatre shows, street performances, art exhibitions and more.
5. Bonn, Germany
Bonn is all about the views, from the Rhine river that divides it in two to green Drachenfels hill with its crumbling castle. Why go in 2020? The ultimate musical party is taking over the city all year long as it celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday. You’ll find classical music in all its forms, from concerts to outdoor show to in-home performances by local musicians.
6. La Paz, Bolivia
Nestled in a canyon overlooked by the snow-capped Illimani mountain is La Paz. Breathtaking in its beauty (and its elevation) La Paz offers plenty of local curiosities like the Witches’ Market, where one can buy medicinal plants and potions. Why go in 2020? As the city adds 8 new lines to its cable-car system (the largest in the world), it shows its ambition to celebrate Bolivia’s future while honoring its past.
7. Kochi, India
This Indian port city has been a trade and travel hub since the mid 14th century, a fact that is reflected in sights like the Chinese fishing nets or the Portugese-Kerala architectural wonder that is Mattancherry Palace. Why go in 2020? Don’t miss a chance to marvel at street art at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale arts festival.
8. Vancouver, Canada
Every day is different on a trip to Vancouver, where you hop from from the enormous Stanley Park to the hair-raising Capilano Suspension Bridge to the culinary mecca of Granville Island. Why go in 2020? The city has been continuously working towards its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, and travelers can now reap the benefits of its improved public transport system and expanded pedestrian and cycle paths as they explore the city.
9. Dubai, UAE
This Middle Eastern city with a flashy reputation is always striving to be bigger and better, and is home to some of the best luxe experiences in the world. Why go in 2020? Dubai is hosting World Expo 2020, which starts in October and goes through to April 2021. This beautifully-designed exhibition will host nations from across the globe as they demonstrate everything from sustainable innovations to the future of jetpacks.
10. Denver, Colorado, USA
Dubbed “The Mile High City”, Denver is surrounded by mountains that are hikeable in the summer and ski-able in the winter, and is home to innovative cuisine and a thriving arts scene year-round. Why go in 2020? Colorado’s cultural center has grown to include a large number of cool hotels, food markets featuring locally-sourced fare and arts-y entertainment.