There are thousands of cities in the world which have a reputation by being among the worst ones on Earth. They are usually have a reputation of being mafia dens, old war zones or decayed places ruined by poverty or are economically ruined. Nevertheless, every cloud has its silver lining, and so do these presumable potholes have. There is beauty in everything and these cities certainly deserve a second look and a chance. These are the ten cities which deserve a second opinion and for which, for the sake of this text, are casting the prejudice about them aside
The motor city is known for its notorious gangs running around the city. But the heritage of these grand American towns is in the motor industry and music. Here you can find a studio where the likes of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder have recorded their albums. The studio is kept preserved in the Motown Historical Museum where people can find a lot of interesting artifacts to see from many different periods. Also, the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex is where the first model T Ford was assembled. But if you really want to see some exclusive showpieces, visit the Henry Ford Museum where you can see some of the most notable pieces from American history, like the car where former USA’s president Kennedy was assassinated and the bus where Rosa Parks decided to defend the rights of African Americans all over the country. Do not look at the grim side of Detroit, look at its rich side filled with cultural landmarks and its historical heritages.
Many people will agree that the capital of the Philippines is a chaotic mess of things. Interestingly the Filipino people agree with this statement. But Manila has three things that other cities in the South East Asia do not have. Firstly, the Intramuros, which is the heart of the city dating back from the Spanish colonial period. It is filled with old churches which are a must see attraction for every visitor. Secondly, the Ayala Museum, where one can get acquainted with the history of this island country. And thirdly, but not the least important, the American Cemetery and Memorial. This is actually the largest war cemetery in the world and has the remains of the deceased during the Battle of the Philippines.
When the city of Bogota pops up in your head, one immediately thinks of kidnaping, gang related violence and drug trafficking. A picture that has plagued this city for a number of years. But during the last year, many of these issues have been mostly dealt with and revealed the new side of this city. As a result, Bogota has been placed on the UNESCO’s City of Music list, because of its numerous festivals and music events which have been scheduled. It also has its historical and cultural side, which one can witness by visiting the Museo del Oro.
Although the downtown of Johannesburg has a reputation where one really needs to watch for muggers and keep an eye on his or hers pockets, the story is a little bit exaggerated. If you want to experience the true side of this South African city and get a story in history you need to visit the cells where Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were kept in Constitution Hill. As part of revitalizing the city’s image, Newtown was developed. The most popular part of the city has a unique concentration of theatres, art centers, galleries, shops and markets and even houses the Museum Africa. This is really the place to visit if you decide to disregard all the old stories and visit this town.
Many people see Serbia’s capital as a former war zone completely destroyed by the bombs and the air raids some years ago. But the ones who know better hold this city as one of the most beautiful in the world and one with the most liveliest nightlife scene in Europe. During the summer periods many young people flock down the riverside of the Sava or the Danube rivers and have the craziest nights on the boats anchored there. A city with maybe the best food in the world and the city which does not even lack in its sites and landmarks. To mention some of them, like the Temple of St Sava, Tito’s Mausoleum and many others.
The Ruhr is an urban area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany consisting of several industrial cities. In has a reputation of being a cold and unglamorous area where emotions are obsolete. But some smart people decided to use its weakness as its strength and used the industrial remnants of the area to make it interesting for the visitors. For example, the 117-metre-tall Gasometer is now a gigantic artwork space while the Landschaftspark in Duisburg, formerly an old steelwork, is now a popular music venue and a concert space. But the city which stands out the most and has changed for the better is Essen with its Sir Norman Foster-redesigned boiler house.
The Steel city or the Iron City or even better Blitzburgh, was once one of the most polluted cities in America. It has cleaned up nicely during the years and has started to lose the old reputation of being Steel City USA. This is why another nickname for this city is the City of Bridges which adds to its new found beauty. And with such attractions like the Warhol Museum, which promises a unique experience of one of the most interesting artists of the world and is also the largest single-artist museum in the US, and the Cathedral of Learning, which many believe is one of the most brilliant buildings in the world, Pittsburgh promises to shed some of its old grit and replace it with some new age glamour.
Beirut is one of the coolest cities of the Middle East. There is a sentence that nobody thought he would hear in his lifetime. But the statement is, believe it or not, absolutely true. The war zone from the 80s has changed and welcomes people from all religions and creeds. This is where everybody comes together and forget about their differences and have a good time. It’s not Miami, but it’s pretty damned close. The beach club scene and the nightlife here is booming and only promises to become even better. One should also see the museums, mosques and the Roman baths and witness the historical side of the city.
The capital of Jamaica and the place where reggae was born. You might think that a place with as high murder rate as Kingston has does not have anything to offer. This is where you are wrong. The Bob Marley Museum, a museum dedicated to the father of reggae music, Port Royal, the former pirate capital of the world and the Trench Town Culture Yard are just some of the places you can visit while here. Lose up and let yourself go and enjoy the cool and easy atmosphere of Kingston, and at night participate in some of the craziest block parties in the Caribbean.
Shows like “The Wire” and “Baltimore, Life on the Street” have certainly showed the darker side of this city. This may or may not be true and what is fiction and what is fact is now not important, but the only truth about Baltimore now is that it is a waterfront town with many cultural and historical attractions. It is the home of the American Visionary Art Museum, with some of the most weird and shocking art pieces you’ll ever see, and the home of the National Aquarium. You can go and explore big old ships or glorify the baseball legend Babe Ruth if you are a baseball fan. All in all, it is a place where you can have fun for days and day in and day out find interesting things to do. Once you get used to the bleak atmosphere of the city it’s all clean sailing from there.