The Time Out magazine declared Prague the seventh-best city in the world. The World’s Best Cities Index is based on a range of aspects, such as sustainability, culture or nightlife. The Czech capital has earned a place in the top ten thanks to the number of its green areas or good accessibility on foot.
Paradoxically, the overall impression of Prague was improved by the coronavirus pandemic: the ranking mentions the possibility of seeing the usually busy Charles Bridge almost without people or walking through deserted streets, which was unthinkable a few years ago. Among the best things you can do in Prague, the respondents mentioned a visit to Vyšehrad, Letná or Karlín.
“Lockdowns hit Prague suddenly and severely – but thankfully, the city’s eye-popping beauty remains unscathed. The Golden City’s gradual reopening has presented amazing opportunities to simple pleasures unthinkable in pre-pandemic Prague: having Charles Bridge almost to yourself, the audible chirrup of birds in Old Town Square, a contemplative morning coffee down a deserted sidestreet.”Time Our Magazine
Roughly 89 per cent of Prague residents also said that it is easy to get around without a car in the capital, as it is easy to move around the city on foot. According to the server, the possibility of an undisturbed walk through the centre is the reason why Prague is one of the world’s most liveable cities in the world. Time Out highlighted Prague’s large green areas, specifically in Prague 6, where residents can play sports, read, have picnics or play frisbee all year round. The picturesque architecture of the city also plays a significant role as Prague was most likely to be described as ‘beautiful’ by residents. Earlier this year, the magazine declared Prague’s Křižíkova the eleventh most trendy street in the world.
First place went to San Francisco (USA) which is known for its good restaurants, technology industry and parks. However, according to Time Out magazine, San Francisco is unique in its unbeatable combination of progressiveness, sustainability and acceptance of otherness, as the city is actively involved in LGBTQ+ rights. In second place was Amsterdam (the Netherlands), praised by respondents for its sustainable policy. The city took advantage of the lockdown and focused on renovations, history and the spirit of the community to consolidate its status as a modern, environmentally friendly metropolis. Third place went to Manchester (UK), a city with a great atmosphere, nightlife and creativity.
Time Out’s World’s Best Cities Index 2021 is based on a survey of 27,000 participants from around the world, as well as contributors and editors of the magazine itself. This year, the ranking focused on the quality of life and overall mood among the locals – in addition to environmental initiatives and access to them, the Index also examined nightlife, restaurants and cultural activities. Another important factor in creating the ranking was the assessment of the urban community that is due to the pandemic more important than ever, according to the authors. For this reason, this year’s list highlights cities that have been able to adapt to the unpleasant conditions caused by the epidemiological situation.