The ranking is based on a thorough survey done among the 20,000 city residents examining a set of various criteria, that changes slightly each year to include current topics affecting not only tourism but also the quality of life of city-dwellers. The ranking also includes the opinions of the magazine’s editors and contributors to get the overall picture of each city.
Destinations are evaluated annually based on criteria such as cultural life (number of theatres, museums, and art galleries), number and quality of restaurants and bars, neighbourhoods or the price level of products and services. While criteria such as community spirit and resilience played a significant role in the 2021 ranking due to the covid and lockdowns, the 2022 criteria are focusing more on the practical side of each city. Walkability, city transportation system, safety and sustainability were put in front when deciding on the top cities in the list.
Prague’s Benefits – Quality of Life, Compactness, Sustainability and Safety
Prague managed to improve its scoring and place sixth in this year’s evaluation. The residents and editors praised not only its beauty, but also its continuously increasing quality of life, affordable and quality food, and a high number of museums and galleries, which also makes the city the most cultured spot in Europe. Not surprisingly then, Prague has been chosen as a hosting destination for the ICOM (International Council of Museums) General Conference, which will take place in August 2022.
A compact and easy-to-discover city
When it comes to walkability, Prague is a very compact and easy-to-discover city. All the sights are literally at your fingertips. For those preferring quicker means of transport, Prague offers a rich network of shared bicycles and scooters. Another sustainable way of getting around the city is the public transportation system, ranked the fifth best in the world! Even those travelling to Prague by plane can be assured, that the Prague Airport follows green goals including those set in the Toulouse Declaration. Sustainability matters in Prague, that is why the city presented several strategic documents lately to ensure a city is still a pleasant place for locals as well as for visitors. Read into the new recently launched sustainable mobility plan, circular strategy or tourism strategy “Putting Prague First”.
TOP 10 of the Ranking
The top 10 is a mixture of destinations scattered around the world. The top place was taken by Scotland’s capital Edinburgh, evaluated highly in all the criteria. The second spot went to Chicago, US. The Time Out editor highlights especially its resilience and community spirit. Medellín, Columbia, was ranked third, praised mainly thanks to its gastro scene, nightlife and hospitality. Glasgow (Scotland) and Amsterdam (the Netherlands) follow on the fourth, respectively fifth place. Prague ranked sixth, followed by Marrakech (Morocco), Berlin (Germany), Montreal (Canada), and Copenhagen (Denmark) closing the TOP 10.
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