Catch flights, see the World. But where to go?

You have final exams to revise for and coursework research to do – are you thinking about what to do after you finish your horrendous workload? Well, have recently carried out research to determine 30 of the World’s Most Cultured Cities, investigating into the number of theatres, museums and art galleries – to name just a few.

Popular places with sun, sea and sand is always a good option, but if you’re interested in the places with richer culture and history behind it, the research by is ideal for you when thinking about ideas for holidays.

For a seasoned traveller, every city has something on offer. But which ones have the most history, art, food and music to discover? The Netherlands capital proves a winner, while Riyadh and Chennai suffer.

Looking at the thirty most popular tourist destinations around the world, the interactive piece uses the number of theatres, museums, art galleries, Michelin-starred restaurants, concert halls and more to find the cities with the most to do, see, and experience. 

As well as the final scores, each city has a brief guide to the most famous and worthwhile sights – ranging from Gaudí’s influence across Barcelona to the rock-cut temples on Mumbai’s Elephanta Island. 

From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Michelin Star restaurants, the world has a lot to offer – but which cities have the most? – Find out the rest in the new culture guide from

Key highlights from their research includes the Finest five’ recommended must-see places for travellers seeking to learn and treat travelling as a cultural experience.

The Finest Five

Packed with the most cultural experiences, these top five cities represent the best places around the world for an exciting and enjoyable trip:

  • Museums, Music, and Michelin Stars – Amsterdam is the world’s most cultured city

Many of the art galleries and dining opportunities the city has to offer can be found in the Jordaan, the narrow alleyways which were once a working-class area.

Meanwhile, museums can be found in Museumplein in Oud-Zeid, which also houses open-air exhibitions, markets, and a large pool. In the winter, it becomes an outdoor ice-skating rink.

  • Dublin

In March (2016), one of Dublin’s more popular attractions is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but for the rest of the year, options include Dublin Castle, the Science Gallery, and the Dubh Linn Gardens 

The city draws its name from the “Dubh Linn”, meaning “dark pool”, which used to occupy the spot now filled by the attractive Dubh Linn Gardens.

  • Prague

From the statue of the Infant Jesus in its shrine, to the Old Town Square, and the fully-functional 15th Century Astronomical Clock, there’s plenty of sights to see from throughout Prague’s past.

  • Miami

South Beach is Miami’s larger-than-life scene, filled with rollerbladers and those enjoying the sun in swimwear. Art fans might seek out the Art Deco District or the Design District, with works by Warhol and Picasso among others, while an international experience can be had in Little Havana, the Cuban cultural location that arose at the start of Fidel Castro’s rise to power.

  • Paris

Traditionally the city of romance, Paris’s most famous attractions are the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. But visitors should also be sure to visit the Arc de Triomphe at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the Notre Dame Cathedral which inspired the Victor Hugo story and the Disney film, as well as exploring the tantalising dining options across the city.


You can take a look at the full rankings here.  


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TotallyMoney stated that their method in selecting 30 of the World’s most cultured cities considered the ‘highest number of overnight international visits (as described by the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index).’ Moreover, TotallyMoney had ‘found the population, then, using TripAdvisor, found the number of theatres, museums, art galleries, and concert halls.


‘Michelin star restaurants were found using the Michelin Guide, while the annal tourism spend was drawn from the Mastercard source on tourism.


TotallyMoney also stated that: ‘Once we had complete data, we assigned each a score between 1 and 10. These scores were then included in a calculation that assigned different values to different metrics, based on how valuable we considered them to our final result. We used this valuation and their score to form an overall score out of ten across all metrics. This was then used to rank the locations.’


“Much of a city’s culture is in its atmosphere and its history. Different locations will appeal to different visitors,” said Joe Gardiner,’s Head of Brand and Communications, “But we wanted to make sure that travellers know what cultural experiences the world’s biggest tourist destinations have to offer before they go.” 

All research is as effective as at 6 December 2016.

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