With a rank of No. 17 in the top 20 worldwide, Vienna is also one of Europe’s top 10 destination cities. It expects 6.05 million visitors this year — a 6.8% increase over last year. Vienna is a city that has given the rest of the world some very precious things: the graceful Viennese waltz, delicate and deliciously sinful pastries, and a few great classical composers. But Austria’s capital and largest city has also provided the world with its fair share of historical personalities and moments. It is a city that represents refinement and culture to visitors, who will not lack for things to do. Vienna is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world.
The Saudi Arabian capital expects 5.59 million visitors this year. Riyadh is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world. Riyadh is predominantly considered to be a business destination, however the city is a fascinating blend of traditional Wahhabi culture and modern development, and as such there are plenty of interesting things to see and do in Saudi Arabia’s capital.
Riyadh is home to a number of historical sites, including the Al Musmak Castle, the City of Old Diriyah, the Al Murabba’a Historical Palace, and the excellent Riyadh Museum of History and Archaeology.
These are must-visits on any trip to Riyadh, but visitors should be aware that most attractions keep hours vastly different to Western businesses; they open briefly in the morning, and then again from mid-afternoon to late evening, and are closed on Fridays or Saturdays. Women may only visit during designated ‘family hours’ so it is best to check ahead of visiting to avoid disappointment.