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Started by ReverendBlueJeans on Feb 19, 2021 10:36:55 AM
World's 'Friendliest' Cities, per Rough Guides

Glad Glasgow is top, where it deserves to be, but not sure about how you measure 'friendliness' or whether any one person's experience is relatable to any other's.

Anyway, talk about it here.

Agaliarept - 19 Feb 2021 11:09:55 (#1 of 161)

No German cities on the list?

I found Munich to be very friendly.

  • Arrived at 11pm one snowy January, first hotel we tried had no rooms but let us stay in a storage room (which was basically a normal hotel room with chairs piled in it) on fold up beds for free. Only charged us a few euros to access the mega breakfast buffet in the morning.

  • Walked into a full restaurant and were told by the waiter there were no tables. An old couple across the room waved us over and shared their table with us.

  • Walking with our map out looking for the Englischer Garten when a local saw us and offered to walk us in the general direction and proceeded to give us a mini history lesson about the gardens.

Loved Munich.

solomongursky - 19 Feb 2021 11:23:52 (#2 of 161)

No bubbles either. The Greeks are the friendliest in Europe I reckon, unless you invade them.

RosyLovelady - 19 Feb 2021 11:42:21 (#3 of 161)

We also found Munich to be a very friendly place.

Shadrack22 - 19 Feb 2021 11:42:26 (#4 of 161)

Seems a very arbitrary list. In the arbitrary spirit of the list:

GBOL cities include: Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Riyadh, Yerevan, New York.

Taiwanese cities are generally great and more people should go there. Taipei in the north to Kaohsiung in the south is only 90 minutes by express train.

RosyLovelady - 19 Feb 2021 11:43:34 (#5 of 161)

Your boastfulness is boundless.

Arjuna - 19 Feb 2021 11:44:32 (#6 of 161)

I would automatically discount any place where people pointedly insist on how friendly they are.

browserbutton - 19 Feb 2021 11:45:30 (#7 of 161)

You'd think a publication called Rough Guides would be extolling the virtues of the world's 'edgiest' cities.

Arjuna - 19 Feb 2021 11:49:23 (#8 of 161)

I think there is a dichotomy, some places that are interesting and popular are not so friendly as the natives are sick of bloody tourists.

DonkeyOT - 19 Feb 2021 11:50:13 (#9 of 161)

On the other hand Barceloneses get up early just so they can be rude to more people for longer; still managed to marry one though.

Crossed post. Yet somehow - apt.

FrankieTeardrop - 19 Feb 2021 11:50:27 (#10 of 161)

I've never noticed when places are friendly, or unfriendly.

That's my friendliest city story

browserbutton - 19 Feb 2021 11:51:51 (#11 of 161)

Friendliness is more of an individual trait, isn't it?

Agaliarept - 19 Feb 2021 11:52:53 (#12 of 161)

I've never noticed when places are friendly, or unfriendly.

Have you not been to Venice?

An old lady who ran a hotel hit me in the arm because I asked to change rooms as the one I was in had a shower that rhythmically swung between ice cold and hotter than the sun temperatures.

mingmong - 19 Feb 2021 11:53:32 (#13 of 161)


Even the name sounds friendly

Dayraven - 19 Feb 2021 11:53:47 (#14 of 161)

You maybe shouldn't have started off with "I have a problem with the water round here."

Agaliarept - 19 Feb 2021 11:54:06 (#15 of 161)

You maybe shouldn't have started off with "I have a problem with the water round here."


Arjuna - 19 Feb 2021 11:55:25 (#16 of 161)

Venice would be a good example. of what I mentioned earlier, so hugely popular that they do not need to be nice to anyone but people still going.

Has anyone ever visited anywhere due to stories of friendly locals?

Arjuna - 19 Feb 2021 11:56:27 (#17 of 161)

Its like trying to find unspoilt places

so you can spoil them yourself

Gotout - 19 Feb 2021 11:58:23 (#18 of 161)

I'm surprised there's nowhere in Malta, when I visited about 10 years ago I found the whole island to be full of very friendly and helpful people.

DonkeyOT - 19 Feb 2021 12:03:35 (#19 of 161)

Mallorca people are the friendliest and kindest people I've met.

browserbutton - 19 Feb 2021 12:04:55 (#20 of 161)

so you can spoil them yourself

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