The top 100 destinations for a weekend getaway and the best choices for millennials, families and baby boomers.

The Top 100 Best Cities to Spend the Weekend

The top 100 best cities to spend the weekend released weekenGO the online weekend getaway portal and app. London, UK is on the top spot. The study results give an overall score for each city, but also indicate which destinations are best for three different types of travellers; millennials, families and baby boomers. As a company who lives and breathes weekend travel breaks, weekenGO undertook the study to define what exactly makes a city great for a short visit, and to help travellers of different age groups and dynamics to choose a destination which best caters to their interests.



To determine the categories for the study, weekenGO first considered what factors affect a weekend trip. Several criteria are important to travellers no matter their age or affluence, for example how easy a city is to navigate, the ease of finding accommodation and the number of green spaces. To highlight which cities are best for millennials, families and baby boomers, the number of social locations such as restaurants, bars and clubs were included, as well as cultural activities such as museums, art galleries and theatres. In addition, safety and tolerance were factored into the research, looking specifically at data on women’s rights and safety, LGBT friendliness and the perception of security. The study began with the top 1,000 cities determined by the number of visitors based on the UN-WTO. The researchers then analysed all of these factors to create a ranking of the top 100 best cities to visit for the weekend

To create the individual scores for millennials, families and baby boomers, weekenGO looked at traveller’s interests on a macro level to determine the best overall representative score. Each category is scored, with a high score indicating high desirability for this factor and a low score indicating a low level of attractiveness for tourists

“Given the fact that we looked at over 1,000 cities worldwide, every destination that made it to this top 100 ranking ought to be on your weekend getaway bucket list.” commented Tobias Boese, co-founder and managing director of weekenGO. “Cities at the top of the ranking such as London, Paris and New York are iconic for a reason, but those cities at the bottom of the ranking such as Casablanca and Belgrade still have a great deal to offer for an unforgettable weekend trip.”

The top 10 best cities to spend the weekend

The table below shows the top 10 best cities to spend the weekend, with a sample of the criteria used to determine the total score. For the methodology, please see the bottom of this press release or the full results page:

 

#

City

Country

Walkability

Dining

Museums and Galleries

LGBT-Friendly Score

Total Score

1

London

United Kingdom

88.30

98.49

99.70

98.49

94.15

2

Berlin

Germany

91.09

89.39

99.09

99.40

93.98

3

Vienna

Austria

87.08

91.52

98.18

95.76

93.15

4

Hamburg

Germany

93.39

90.91

90.30

86.97

92.68

5

Paris

France

88.22

99.09

97.58

96.97

92.66

6

Amsterdam

Netherlands

90.40

79.70

95.76

99.70

92.61

7

New York City

USA

85.35

99.39

97.88

97.58

92.08

8

Munich

Germany

90.13

89.09

90.30

93.64

92.07

9

Barcelona

Spain

91.00

93.70

95.50

99.09

92.07

10

Madrid

Spain

86.78

93.40

93.33

100.00

91.60

 The top 10 cities for millennials

The table below shows the top 10 cities for millennials, including a sample of the criteria included to determine the final ranking for this age group:

 

#

City

Country

Bars

Clubs

Concerts

Women’s Rights and Safety

LGBT-Friendly Score

Millennials Total Score

1

Berlin

Germany

96.97

97.88

98.18

90.55

99.40

93.34

2

London

United Kingdom

98.79

98.49

100.00

87.70

98.49

93.28

3

Amsterdam

Netherlands

95.15

91.21

97.27

94.24

99.70

92.54

4

Vienna

Austria

92.73

95.46

95.15

86.67

95.76

91.81

5

Paris

France

97.88

96.97

98.49

82.55

96.97

91.74

6

Toronto

Canada

89.70

93.03

96.67

92.61

99.39

91.66

7

Zurich

Switzerland

84.55

90.61

94.55

96.73

80.30

91.02

8

Dublin

Ireland

93.33

89.70

93.64

88.42

93.33

90.84

9

Munich

Germany

89.09

95.46

96.36

90.91

93.64

90.79

10

Edinburgh

United Kingdom

88.49

82.42

92.12

90.61

92.73

90.78

The top 10 cities for families

The table below shows the top 10 cities for families, including a sample of the criteria included to determine the final ranking for this age group:

 

#

City

Country

Green Spaces

Cultural Events

Museums and Galleries

Security

Families Total Score

1

Vienna

Austria

92.81

98.18

98.18

96.97

94.46

2

Amsterdam

Netherlands

85.60

98.49

95.76

92.73

91.98

3

Prague

Czech Republic

85.00

99.39

92.12

88.18

91.71

4

Tokyo

Japan

74.69

94.24

98.79

98.49

91.68

5

Zurich

Switzerland

97.50

93.03

81.52

100.00

91.41

6

Hamburg

Germany

83.44

99.70

90.30

98.79

91.31

7

Berlin

Germany

86.50

97.88

99.09

84.24

91.21

8

Edinburgh

United Kingdom

99.69

94.55

80.00

94.24

91.20

9

London

United Kingdom

85.00

98.79

99.70

77.27

90.59

10

Munich

Germany

83.44

95.20

90.30

95.46

90.41

 The top 10 cities for baby boomers

The table below shows the top 10 cities for baby boomers, including a sample of the criteria included to determine the final ranking for this age group:

 

#

City

Country

Mobility

Dining

Cultural Events

Security

Baby Boomers Total Score

1

Zurich

Switzerland

88.04

85.15

93.03

100.00

92.95

2

Vienna

Austria

90.43

91.52

98.18

96.97

92.45

3

Hamburg

Germany

86.14

90.91

99.70

98.79

91.70

4

Edinburgh

United Kingdom

88.99

78.79

94.55

94.24

91.18

5

Prague

Czech Republic

91.96

86.97

99.39

88.18

91.07

6

Singapore

Singapore

96.13

95.15

89.70

96.06

90.88

7

Vancouver

Canada

91.29

89.70

100.00

86.06

90.53

8

Tokyo

Japan

89.30

100.00

94.24

98.49

90.43

9

Munich

Germany

86.84

89.09

95.20

95.46

90.20

10

London

United Kingdom

86.05

98.49

98.79

77.27

90.09

N.B.The full results and methodology can be found here: https://www.weekengo.com/en-EN/study/100-top-destinations-to-spend-a-weekend.html

 

Further Findings:

 

Graz, Austria ranks as the most walkable city.

Stuttgart, Germany ranks number 1 for most green spaces.

Rome, Italy ranks best for most accommodation options.

Tokyo, Japan ranks as the best city for best dining, and is also part of the Family and Baby Boomer top 10 ranking.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ranks as the best for bars.

Shanghai, China ranks number 1 for the best club options.

Paris, France has the most music venues.

London, UK has the highest rank for concerts, theaters and cinemas.

Vancouver, Canada ranks number 1 for the most cultural events.

Los Angeles, USA ranks highest for the most museums and galleries.

Oslo, Norway ranks as the safest place for women.

Madrid, Spain ranks as the most LGBT friendly.

Zurich, Switzerland ranks number 1 for security and is included in the top 10 ranking for all age ranges.

 

Methodology

 

To select the cities in the ranking, we studied the top 1000 cities by number of visitors based on the UN-WTO. Within these we analysed criteria such as Mobility, Accommodation and activities. This determined a ranking of 100 cities, which highlights the best cities to spend 48 hours / the weekend.

To make a comparable quantification of how good each city is, we made a three-step evaluation of the data. First, we ranked the raw data from highest to lowest value and then we awarded a standard score based on their ranking in the following manner:

Scorei = 7+10xi-xminxmax-xmin

A low score indicates less attractive to visitors, with each increasing number indicating a higher desirability for this factor. Secondly, all umbrella categories (City, Social, Activities and Safety & Tolerance) were given an overall score based on each sub-category. To create a comprehensive ranking, the Final Score is a weighted average of each individual umbrella category, as follows:

Final Scorei = 25% Cityi+25% Sociali +25% Activitiesi +25% Safety & Tolerancei

Finally, they standardized the data to have a true final score. We also combined some factors to determine the best cities to spend the weekend by age group. This was done as follows:

  • Millennials: Average of LGBT, Women Safety, Concerts, Clubs, Bars, Accommodation, Green Spaces, Walkability, Mobility

  • Families: Average of Security, Museums & Galleries, Cultural Events, Accommodation, Green Spaces, Walkability, Mobility

  • Baby Boomers: Average of Security, Cultural Events, Restaurants, Accommodation, Green Spaces, Walkability, Mobility

 

Columns

Mobility

Taxi Price: Price for a 3km Taxi ride in €.

Source: Carspring Taxi Inde

Bus / Subway Price: Price for a single journey ticket on the subway (/Bus if no existing subway).

Source: Official local transport websit

Perception of Public Transport: Satisfaction with public transportation (percentage).

Sources: Eurostat EU perception survey, surveys of individual countries, and surveys from peer-reviewed journal

Rate of Public Transport: Based on Tripadvisor.

Source: Tripadvisor

Walkability

Walkability Rate: Based on Google Maps. Sights in a 3km radius.

Time: Minutes for a 3km walk from one sight to another.

Altitude Difference: Differences in altitude in a 3km walk from one sight to another.

Source: Google Maps AP

Green spaces

Rank according to percentage of green public areas in the city.

Source: Data from city records and satellite data (Google)

Accommodation

Hotel Price: Price for 2 nights in a 3 star hotel. Average of 4 different Hotel prices, for 2 people, 1 room, from Fr.: 01.- Sun.: 03.09.2017. Concentrated in city centre.

Source: hotels.com

Hotel Availability: Availability for Hotels, 2 nights, 2 people, 1 room,

from Fr.: 01.- Sun.: 03.09.2017.

Source: booking.com

Hostel Price: Average price of 4 (when possible) different Hostels, 2 nights, 2 people, from Fr.: 01.- Sun.: 03.09.2017.

Hostel Availability: Availability for Hostels, 2 nights, 2 people, from Fr.: 01.- Sun.: 03.09.2017

Source: hostels.com

Number of peer to peer beds available in the city.
Source Airbnb

Activities

Bars: Number of Bars weighted to the maximum occupancy by law.

Based on licensed establishments per city – Source: City records

Clubs: Number of Dance Clubs weighted to the maximum occupancy by law.

Based on licensed establishments per city – Source City: records

Music Venues: Number of Music Venues weighted to the number of available seats

Source: City records and yelp.com

Dining: Number of restaurants weighted to the maximum occupancy by law. Also includes ratings from sources like Yelp and TripAdvisor

Based on licensed establishments per city – Source: City records

Cultural Activities

Concerts: Number of upcoming concerts.

Sources: songkick.com, eventful.com, ticketmaster, resident advisor and eventim.

Cultural Events (such as Exhibitions & Displays): Number of exhibitions & displays in the month of September.

Sources: local event calendars or art websites for each city, including the official sites of the city museums for the 2017 – 2018 calendar year.

Theatres & Cinemas: Number of theatres and cinemas. Weighted to the number of available seats.

Based on licensed establishments per city – Source: City records

Museums & Galleries: Number of museums & galleries.

Source: worldcitiescultureforum, google maps and official tourist site of the city

Equality & Tolerance

Women’s Rights and Safety

Source: Lazeeva Study on Sexuality in Cities – OECD – United Nations

LGBT Tolerance: Numbers from LGBT Score from the Nestpick Millennial Index

Security

General Perception of Security – Women’s Safety: percentage of women feeling safe.

Source: Gallup, OECD, United Nations

Subcategory Scoring System

Final Score: Average of all columns

Millennials: Average of LGBT, Women Safety, Concerts, Clubs, Bars, Accommodation, Green Spaces, Walkability, Mobility

Families: Average of Security, Museums & Galleries, Cultural Events, Accommodation, Green Spaces, Walkability, Mobility

Baby Boomers: Average of Security, Cultural Events, Dining, Accommodation, Green Spaces, Walkability, Mobility

 

SOURCE: weekenGO

The full results: https://www.weekengo.com/en-EN/study/100-top-destinations-to-spend-a-weekend.html


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  1. Ryan Biddulph October 12, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    These look like some rocking lists.
    We visit NYC all the time, and the place is unlike any other on earth. Dazzling, intense, peaceful in Central Park, overall brilliant, brilliant.
    We also loved visiting Bangkok – many times – and Istanbul, as well as popping through places like Sydney and Stockholm and Copenhagen, and yep, Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu, with the Asian theme going there.
    Thanks for the rocking share.
    Ryan

    • Epaminondas Dimitriadis October 12, 2017 at 9:31 pm Reply

      Hi Ryan!
      Thank you for your comment.
      Leipzig is a great choice. Hamburg also. Ljubljana is an interesting choice and close to Trieste – 90 min by bus. A wonderful but often underestimated Italian city. Would add also Gdansk in Poland.
      As for NYC you are absolutely right. Copenhagen is nice too.

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