City/Town The Most Magical Cities in the World

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It's easy to put Paris atop a list of the most magical cities in the world since the thing that surely separates a magical city from any other is that is has a certain "joie de vivre", or "a little something special" to it. Whether it's what you would call the most beautiful city in the world or the prettiest city on the planet, there's just a little something to all of these cities that sets them apart from the rest of the places most people vacation and live.

Many of these cities make the list because they are home to the landmarks to see before you die and others because the local culture is world renowned and the occupants of a different mindset than the rest of the world. There are places such as Cairns, with its vast access to the Great Barrier Reef, that perhaps you shouldn't visit because you'll never leave. Others, such as Las Vegas, offer an overload of visual and visceral stimuli that make you think you're in a bubble (but it's important to never forget: what happens in Vegas only stays if you don't post pictures to Facebook). "

With so much beauty around the world, is it any wonder that many of the most magical cities are located in the most beautiful countries in the world? Countries, such as Italy, boast several magical cities, including Rome, Venice, and certainly Florence.

What world city is the most magical? What city has the best landscapes and views? What vacation spots are the most magical? You can read every list of the most magical spots in the world and never truly know until you go, but this list of the most magical locations in the world can put you on the right track. If you know a city whose splendor is unmatched but is missing from the list, make sure to add your favorite magical city to the list.

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Prague


Prague is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Magical Cities in the World
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Prague is over 1,100 years old, with countless historical buildings and neighborhoods to explore. The city was largely built during the Gothic and Renaissance eras, lending its architecture and scenery to picturesque and movie-like qualities.

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London


London is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Magical Cities in the World
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With being such a historical and sophisticated city, it's easy to see why London is so magical. From old historic neighborhoods to it's lavish and beautiful gardens, London will keep any visitor staring in awe at all its glory.

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Rome


Rome is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Magical Cities in the World
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Also known as "The Eternal City," Rome is one of the oldest cities where people have consistently lived in Europe. Just the fact that the Collosseum is still standing is enough to place this city on the list. Rome is also the only city in the world that has an entire country, Vatican City, inside of its borders.

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Vienna


Vienna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Magical Cities in the World
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Known as "The City of Music" and "The City of Dreams," Vienna was ranked first globally for its culture of innovation in 2007 and 2008 by the Innovation Cities Index. The city boasts its many baroque castles and gardens, as well as its legacy of music.

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Paris


Paris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Magical Cities in the World
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Between the majestic views, the lush gardens, the to-die for food, and the jazz music, Paris creates a romantic and dreamy setting for anyone looking to visit. Try checking out the Luxembourg Gardens, which is right next to the magnificent Luxembourg Castle, or the Seine River, which is home to the famous bridge on which so many people have been filmed kissing.

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Venice


Venice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Magical Cities in the World
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Built on an archipelago, Venice is the only European city that functions as a modern day city without using motorized vehicles as its main source of transportation. Canals are the veins of the city, making the condola the most classic mode of transportation. This in itself is enough reason to make anyone feel like they're in a dreamland.

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Edinburgh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Magical Cities in the World
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One of the most visited cities in the UK, Edinburgh has a rich history, which can been seen in much of the architecture and historical buildings throughout the city. Arthur's Seat, a group of hills located in the center of the city and next to the historical Edinburgh Castle, is one of the oldest sites recorded to have human habitation. Many believe Arthur's Seat is named after the legendary King Arthur, who settled his kingdom, Camelot, in these hills. 

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San Francisco


San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Magical Cities in the World
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Being one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., San Francisco is the second densest city in the country, only behind New York City. Its unique architecture, liberal culture, and microclimates gives tourists all different kinds of experiences, depending on which part of the city you're in. Watching the fog settle on the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset is worth a trip to San Francisco alone.

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