The best and most well-known cities around the world have plenty to attract visitors. From being able to play sweepstakes online for money when in your hotel to checking out the shopping, nightlife or culture, they always offer lots to get excited about. For many people though, it is the geography and landscape that a city offers that are most attractive. If you want to know what the 10 most incredible city geographies are to check out, then the below should help.

10 – La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

La Chaux de Fonds

La Chaux de Fonds – Zacharie Grossen [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

First on our list is the awe-inspiring La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. This city has an awesome geography as it is set high in the Jura mountains. This not only makes it stunning to spend time in but also gives it an elegant feel. As well as the amazing mountain views, visitors here love the clean air and variety of outdoor activities to try out.

09 – Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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When it comes to man-made cities that have incredible geography, Hong Kong is a real winner. Originally a quiet fishing village, it has been developed over time to grow into something much more impressive. Famed for the number of skyscrapers, it also has a number of waterways that the city is built on. Make sure that you check out the nightly lightshows that dazzle off the waves.

08 – Shimla, India


Shimla – Smitanarang [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

India has many fabulous cities that boast stunning landscapes, but Shimla is one of the best. It is located 2,200 meters up in the air and is found on a 12 kilometer-long mountain ridge. Although this can make it tricky to get to, once there the fantastic countryside views and wildlife make it worthwhile. There is also an ancient bazaar here, which is perfect for exploring and finding new gifts.

07 – Vladivostok, Russia


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Many of the most incredible cities when it comes to geography defy nature to exist. The very sight of them sitting where no-one should really be able to exist is what makes them so special. Vladivostok in the far east of Russia is a classic example. Bone-chillingly cold, the snow and Sikhote-Alin mountains provide a beautiful backdrop.

06 – Shanghai, China


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Not all city geographies are world-famous for their natural setting. Some catch the eye and draw attention for the man-made buildings or structures they contain. Shanghai in China is a great example of this in action. The blazing neon signs and towering skyscrapers all come together to form an unforgettable vista.

05 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

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South America is a continent with many cities boasting fantastical settings. One of the best though has to be Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Famed for its stunning mountain backdrop, the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain are familiar to all. The steep mountains also lead to the hilltop favela settlements that many people live in.

04 – Dubai, UAE


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One extremely striking city that many people flock to is Dubai in the UAE. This is mainly due to its man-made geography, which includes famous structures such as the famous Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel. When you think that the whole area where Dubai sits was once covered in sand, it really is a triumph of nature.

03 – Cusco, Peru


Cusco – Martin St-Amant (S23678) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Another city found in an incredible place geographically is Cusco in Peru. Found a huge 3,400 meters up in the Andes mountain range, the views here will blow you away. Cusco is also the oldest continually inhabited city in South America and has a rich history behind it. As capital of the ancient Incan empire, the mountainside setting really helps to make it extra special.

02 – Las Vegas, US

Las Vegas

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Also known as Sin City, Las Vegas in Nevada is a true desert city. The Nevada region is mostly made up of this terrain, and Vegas is a great example of how a city can overcome its setting. The hotels and casinos rising out of the surrounding sand are a real sight to behold!

01 – Venice, Italy


Venice – gnuckx [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Beautiful Venice is certainly one the 10 most amazing cities due to its geography. This Italian jewel is actually built on the sea and has networks of canals that run through it. Getting here is done via water taxis from the mainland, and these are also the most convenient way to get around. Many fear that Venice will eventually be a victim of its geography as sea levels rise in the future.

Awesome sights and views guaranteed

A visit to any of the above will provide some awesome photo opportunities, and you will leave with some sights that you will never forget. Visiting cities that offer stunning backdrops is a great way to get more from a vacation and have the best time.