Top 29 Cities To Visit In 2011

Getty Images has unleashed their annual list of the top 29 cities around the world to visit in 2011. has unleashed their annual list of the top 29 cities around the world to visit in 2011.

Included on the list are some surprises--look what comes in #1--and some obvious choices--London, Mexico City and Sydney, among them.

We're always curious about these kind of lists; what makes the cut that we feel shouldn't and vice versa. compiled the list by weighing 10 factors: Weather (sunshine and daily temperature); cost (average cost of a hotel room, cost of a pint and cost of a 2-mile cab ride); sport (famous teams, players and stadiums, as well as rivalries); food (number of Michelin-starred restaurants, reputation as a "foodie" city); accommodations (boutique hotels, anticipated hotel openings and budget rooms); nightlife (reputation as a party city, bar closing time and unique experiences); women (ratio of women to men, and, um, incidence of gonorrhea); buzz (how relevant is the city to men); culture/history (global relevance of museums and cultural venues, cultural attitude of the city); and explorability (ease of public transport and walkability, bike rentals, and general safety).

Check out the entire list below and let us know what you think should have made the cut that didn't (and what you would omit from the list, as well).

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Did you know? Amsterdam was the site of one of the world's first economic bubbles, as the 17th century's tulip mania saw single bulbs priced at 10 times the annual salary of a highly-skilled craftsman.


Did you know? The fish markets of Sydney rank as the second largest in the world in terms of variety.

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Did you know? India's most famous cricketr, Sachin Tendulkar, is from Mumbai. Speak ill of him at your peril.

Did you know? Montreal retains its small-town feel because no building is permitted to be taller than the city's central hill, Mont Royal.

Tourism Montreal

Did you know? The Wellington suburb of Miramar has become a filmmaking mecca since "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson decided to base his studios there. It's nickname? Wellyworld.

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Did you know? Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, on both the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus.


Did you know? Skype was invented and developed in Estonia.


Did you know? Thousands of people queue up every day in Beijing's Tiananmen Square to see the embalmed corpse of Mao Zedong. Ironic, really, given that the chairman asked to be cremated upon death.

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Did you know? Forget the stairs and take the Gothic Elevador de Santa Justa lift to move between Lisbon's levels.


Did you know? Punta del Este's permanent population of 7,300 is boosted by more than half a million tourist arrivals a year.

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Did you know? Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral is built over the ruins of the Aztec Templo Mayor, which conquistadors discovered--and then destroyed--in the 1500s.

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Did you know? The Amalfi Coast is the home of Limoncello, a delicious lemon-flavored liqueur beloved all over Italy.


Did you know? Depending on how you define a hill, there are between 50 and 790 of them in San Francisco.


Did you know? William Burroughs, Paul Bowles and Jack Kerouac, among other prominent artists, stayed, imbibed and crafted their finest works in this Tangier.

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Did you know? The Berlin bunker where Hitler spent the last days of the war was long-hidden from public view for fear of becoming a neo-Nazi shrine, but was in 2006 marked with a plaque.

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Did you know? Over 8,000 Bronze Age stones structures called nuraghe dot the Sardinian landscape.


Did you know? Hilton Beach (named for the nearby Hilton hotel) has unofficially become Tel Aviv's gay and lesbian beach.

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Did you know? San Sebastian is perfectly located to check out two cultures at once as it sits on the coastline of Spain's Basque Country.

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Did you know? Sao Paolo has 7 million cars with crazy drivers whizzing around the city. Don't try to drive here.

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Did you know? There's no waiting period or blood test for a wedding license in Vegas. Be careful.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Did you know? The national anthem is played before any movie screening, and audience members are expected to stand in tribute to the Thai king, Bhumibol.

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Did you know? Melbourne has ranked in the world's top 3 most livable cities every year since 2002.

Hai Linh Truong

Did you know? Paris has over 70 museums.

Hotel le Meurice

Did you know? Seoul has one of the cheapest subway systems in the world. You can get just about anywhere in the city for less than $1.

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Did you know? More languages are spoken in London than in any other city.

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Did you know? New York City has over 23,000 restaurants.

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Did you know? Miami offers a fix for the outdoorsman, too. It's the only major U.S. city that's sandwiched by two national parks (Everglades National Park to the west, Biscayne National Park to the east).

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Did you know? There's a huge coin shortage in Buenos Aires. So much so that some vendors will refuse to sell you something rather than part with small change.


Did you know? "BLAUGRANA" is the nickname Barcelonans given to FC Barcelona.

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