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Copenhagen: World’s top travel city for 2019

Lonely Planet puts the Danish capital above all other cities for its culture, street food, Noma, Tivoli and the new metro.

Next year could be a landmark year for tourism in Copenhagen, thanks to it being named the world’s top city for 2019 by the renowned publisher of travel guides Lonely Planet.

The Danish capital is “cool” and “unstoppable”, according to the travel guide company in its annual Best in Travel book, which ranks the world’s top cities, countries and trends.

“Denmark’s capital of cool is unstoppable. New-Nordic Noma has gourmands swooning with its new digs, urban farm and ground-breaking Scandinavian menus. The city’s booming street-food scene is smashing it on Refshaleøen, where a former shipyard is now rebooted food and craft market Reffen,” the publisher raves.

“Amusement park Tivoli Gardens is beating the winter blues with a new February season, while waste-management centre Amager Bakke has jaws dropping with its rooftop ski slope and hiking trails.”

Lonely Planet also praises BLOX, which is a new harbour-side structure housing the Danish Architecture Centre, and the completion of the City Ring Metro line next summer for piling on the tourism potential.

Editor Gemma Graham gushes about Copenhagen in a three-minute video on the Lonely Planet website, explaining why the city was chosen for the top spot.

“Copenhagen is full of beautiful old architecture from monuments to Rosenborg Castle with its gorgeous gardens, to the Round Tower. And, of course, there’s the iconic Nyhavn Harbour,” she says. “There’s plenty of cutting-edge design and modern architecture to see too.”

Cities, countries, regions
Lonely Planet, which has printed around 150 million travel books since 1973, puts Shenzhen in China in second place on the list, followed by Novi Sad in Serbia, Miami and Kathmandu.

Rounding off the top ten are Mexico City, Dakar in Senegal, Seattle, Zardar in Croatia and Meknes in Morocco.

As for countries to visit, Sri Lanka beats Germany to the top, while Piedmont in Italy is named the top region to visit and the Nile Southern Valley in Egypt is the destination with the best value.

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