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World’s most overrated cities

Expectations are sky high before departure, but once in place, the dreams turn into a big “oh well”.  We have listed six world’s most overrated cities and sites.


Dubai

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You  don’t hear very often someone say: “I was in Dubai last week and now I must go back.” Cause: Dubai is a pretty boring place. Some very tall buildings and hotel resorts with private beaches in a desert is simply never quite exciting.

Beijing

BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 16: A general view of the pollution covered Forbidden City on January 16, 2013 in Beijing, China. Heavy smog shrouded Beijing with pollution at hazardous levels from January 12. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
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It’s enormous and drenched in smog. The Chinese capital is a special experience itself, but most of it is not particularly interesting. If you find giant Asian cities fascinating, Seoul or Tokyo might be more enjoyable.

Vienna

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Vienna has over the years received a bit more attention than it deserves. Despite the picturesque cafés with sweet pastries, wine shops and Schönbrunn Palace, the Austrian capital is grossly overrated as a destination. Anyone who likes Central Europe should visit Prague or perhaps Bratislava instead.

Florida

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With Orlando’s theme parks, Miami’s city life, Everglades wildlife and beaches, Florida constantly is in the world’s media. The attention is not only beneficial. Expectations are high and once in place a disappointment can easily occur, for example in comparison to New York or California. So if you are heading to Florida, turn down your expectations.


Khao Lak

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The city of Khao Lak could be any tourist resort anywhere in the world and the beaches – yes, they are fine with their white sand and warm waters, but there are far more beautiful places in Thailand, for example, the south of Krabi. In addition, the small family-run hotels are disappearing along the Khao Lak beach. Instead, more and more large impersonal giant hotels are being established. But yes, for a few days of relaxation Khao Lak works. In any case, make sure to visit places outside the city.


Brussels

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Brussels is an ordinary European city with an unusually beautiful square, the Grand Place. What puts Brussels on this list is a specific attraction – the world famous Maneken Pis . The statue depicts a little boy urinating – and yes, it is just as uninteresting as it sounds. Still attracts the little boy (he is really small) hordes of tourists every day. Incomprehensible.