One of the main reasons people travel is to admire works of art. The Mona Lisa, for example, is easily the most famous painting in the world. While her features look plain, her mysterious smile makes one wonder what secrets could she be hiding. Combining your love for art and travel can make vacation time a worthwhile experience. Here are some of the best cities you can visit around the world to satisfy your wanderlust and allow you to marvel at artworks.
Number one on this list is Paris, France. Easily this is one city that is always in people’s travel bucket list for a lot of reasons. Whether you’re in Paris for its ambiance or the art, the city always has something to offer for everyone. Art buffs know the Louvre is the biggest and oldest museum. In fact, it is so old, it’s around 800 years old! Built-in the 12th century, the Louvre used to be a royal fortress. It was turned into a museum in the 17th century and currently has over 35,000 objects in its catalog. Its most famous painting is, of course, the Mona Lisa.If you’re into more contemporary works of art, head over to Musée d’Orsay. The largest collection of Impressionist and post-impressionist works of art can be found here. Works by renowned artists such as Van Gogh, Degas, and Gauguin are proudly displayed in this art museum.
New York City, USA
New York City or NYC is known as the City That Never Sleeps and there many reasons why tourists flock to this city every year. The concrete jungle is like no other and skyscrapers loom over its many inhabitants. NYC is also known for its museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York City has many to offer for any art lover and while the museums are a must, there are other locations within the city that feature new and emerging artists. Just walk through Brooklyn and Manhattan and you’ll find yourself surrounded by graffiti, modern sculptures, and quaint art galleries that are worth admiring. With so much art to see, it is always wise to plan your trip before visiting.
Berlin, the capital of Germany, not exactly known for its art compared to New York City or Paris, but once you set foot, you’ll be thankful you set foot in it in the first place. Berlin is one of those cities that is both modern and possesses an old-world charm. Concrete buildings meet Renaissance architecture, Berlin’s streets are always loaded with wonderful art from talented artists. You can find wonderful street art at the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district where a part of the infamous Berlin wall stands. It is the largest open-air art gallery in the world.
Japan is itself a country that most people dream of visiting. If you were to choose a city to stay in, choose Tokyo. The city has a collection of many museums and art galleries that showcase art that is unique to this Asian city. Head over to the SCAI the Bathhouse, a 200-year-old bathhouse or onsen that was converted into a museum. The museum still retains some of its former glory, such as the wooden lockers where one ought to keep their shoes before stepping into a pool. Roppongi is the city’s entertainment district, but it also has its share of the arts. Head over to the 54-story Roppongi Hills Mori Tower where the Mori Art Museum is. Always changing exhibitions, the museum is where one could find the polka-dot creation of Yayoi Kusama.