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Amsterdam and San Francisco named world’s best cities to visit

Lonely Planet’s annual list of the best cities to visit in 2013 has named Amsterdam as one of the top 10 best cities in the world.

The Lonely Planet has put Amsterdam number two on its list of the 10 best cities to visit next year.

San Francisco takes the top spot thanks to its hosting of the America’s Cup next year. In third place is the Indian city of Hyderabad. This city is known for its historical center. Derry/Londonderry and Beijing rounding out the top five.

Amsterdam owes its second place after San Francisco probably because of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Amsterdam canals next year. The reopening of the Rijksmuseum could also be a reason.

The annual Lonely Planet lists are compiled based on the views of the company’s staff, writers and online community. Lonely Planet said that the choices are not based on where travellers are already going but rather are “our pick of where we believe travellers really should consider visiting in 2013.”

Lonely Planet said that destinations make the list for a variety of reasons, including special events, recent developments or buzz, or that the destination is up-and-coming and worth visiting before the crowds get too big.

Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2013

1. San Francisco, US

2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

3. Hyderabad, India

4. Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

5. Beijing, China

6. Christchurch, New Zealand

7. Hobart, Australia

8. Montreal, Canada

9. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

10. Puerto Iguazu, Argentina

Top 10 countries to visit in 2013
1. Sri Lanka

2. Montenegro

3. South Korea

4. Ecuador

5. Slovakia

6. Solomon Islands

7. Iceland

8. Turkey

9. Dominican Republic

10. Madagascar