A new study from weekenGO identified the top 100 cities for a weekend getaway and revealed the best destinations for millennials, families and baby boomers.
London, United Kingdom took the top spot, ranking as the best city for a weekend getaway overall, coming out on top for concerts, theatre and cinema, and ranking highly for museums, accommodation options and LGBT friendliness. Berlin, Germany ranks as the top recommended destination for millennials, Vienna, Austria ranks best for families and Zurich, Switzerland for baby boomers. New York City ranks number 7 in the top 100 list.
The 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.
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:
Museums and Galleries
New York City
WeekenGo, an online weekend getaway portal and app, 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. Some examples are 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.
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 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,” said 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.”