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Old 10-24-2017, 11:59 AM
 
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First visits and first impressions only. Since some cities used to live up to the hype, but overtime, I feel they have fallen. San Francisco is an example of that.
I went to SF three times and never once it impressed me. After I saw Lisbon, I am like "this city has everything SF has, even the red bridge, and more".
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Old 10-24-2017, 12:04 PM
 
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Frankly none . The best cities are ridicilously underrated.
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Old 10-24-2017, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Do you mind explaining why? Just curious.
Vienna, although beautiful, I found quite staid and boring. However I arrived directly from Sorrento. I've only been once, so that impression has stuck. I stayed with friends of friends, and not in a hotel. Remember, this is a first impression only. It wasn't so horrible that I won't go back. It was just I was expecting a bigger punch.

Milan. Again first impressions was when we stepped out of the train station. It looked like Moscow. Plain ugly buildings with cell towers or some sort of microwave and radio towers on almost every roof.

Other streets were nice enough, but again nothing that struck me. The Duomo was spectacular though. The couple of parks we walked through were dirty and dusty, with patches of dead grass. I guess since it is so famous for fashion, that I expected some sort of impact or feeling on the streets. It just didn't wow me like Florence, Sorrento, and Venice did.
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Old 10-24-2017, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I went to SF three times and never once it impressed me. After I saw Lisbon, I am like "this city has everything SF has, even the red bridge, and more".
Lisbon, at least in my circle of friends, seems to be the flavour of the day. Three different friends spent time there this summer. They all confirmed what a Dutch friend said years earlier. That Lisbon is a fantastic city to visit. They all RAVED about it.
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Old 10-24-2017, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Vienna, Sydney, Auckland, Copenhagen, Honolulu, Atlanta all underwhelmed (except I still love Sydney)
Lisbon, Prague, Paris, Dublin, London, Perth Rome, Venice, Budapest, Montevideo all met or exceeded expectations.
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Cannes
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Vienna, Sydney, Auckland, Copenhagen, Honolulu, Atlanta all underwhelmed (except I still love Sydney)
Lisbon, Prague, Paris, Dublin, London, Perth Rome, Venice, Budapest, Montevideo all met or exceeded expectations.
I was positively surprised about Honolulu, for a city on a isolated island it was pretty impressive.
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Old 10-24-2017, 07:56 PM
 
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NYC
Istanbul
Florence
St. Petersburg
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Old 10-24-2017, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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Paris and Venice for me. And Tokyo and Kyoto.

Vienna is more of a living city than a visiting one. The sightseeing isnít the most exciting (still nice though) but its strength is how extremely well-kept and clean everything is. Probably more so than any other European capital. Itís also definitely amongst the safest European capitals.
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Old 10-25-2017, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Paris and Venice for me. And Tokyo and Kyoto.

Vienna is more of a living city than a visiting one. The sightseeing isnít the most exciting (still nice though) but its strength is how extremely well-kept and clean everything is. Probably more so than any other European capital. Itís also definitely amongst the safest European capitals.
That's how I would describe Vienna. I'm sure if I spent more time there I'd get to know it better. I did enjoy the Vienna Woods, and we did have a nice picnic in a nice park by the river.
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Old 10-25-2017, 01:23 PM
 
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In my experience


Overhyped

New York
Paris
Hong Kong
Vancouver
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Chicago


"Fairly" hyped

Sydney
Barcelona
Rio
Bangkok
London
Madrid
Milan
Vienna
San Diego
Miami
Boston

"Under hyped"

Naples and other southern Italy cities.
Istanbul
Valencia
Seville
Lisbon (vastly underrated in my opinion)
Madrid
Buenos Aires
Washington DC
Brisbane

Obviously the reasons why someone consider a city "overhyped" or "underhyped" are often highly subjective...

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