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Monday, May 4th, 2009
DUBLIN VOTED AS FRIENDLIEST CITY IN EUROPE
TRIP ADVISOR KNOWS BEST! AS IRELAND SCORES HIGH AS FRIENDLIEST CITY IN EUROPE!!
 

Dublin has been named the friendliest city in Europe for the second year running, in a survey of travellers’ perceptions of European cities by TripAdvisor®, the world’s most popular and largest travel community.

“Dublin is well worth a visit – the locals were so warm and friendly and made me so welcome,” wrote one TripAdvisor reviewer. Meanwhile, the least friendly city is Paris, revealed the survey of 2,376 European travellers.

London emerged as the best European city for both free attractions and public parks, whist Copenhagen took the accolade of Europe’s cleanest city. London was also crowned the dirtiest, for the second year running. One TripAdvisor reviewer writes, “When I went to London last I was looking for a bin at Victoria Station. I couldn’t find one so asked security and they told me to just throw it on the floor.”

Travellers also ranked London the most expensive city in Europe, whilst Prague was voted the best bargain. And when it comes to architecture, Barcelona boasts Europe’s finest, whilst Warsaw has the ugliest, with one TripAdvisor reviewer noting that, “There really isn't much to see architecturally... The castle, which is located in the square, was uninteresting. There was also this huge ugly building, which is the Ministry of Sciences – that was ugly but BIG.”

Luke Fredberg, TripAdvisor spokesman, says, “Europe’s capital cities all have their highs and lows, but no other continent offers travellers’ such a wealth of culture and sights within such short distances. The warm welcome that travellers receive in Dublin makes the city a great choice for holiday-makers seeking both fantastic sights and friendly locals.”  


TRIPADVISOR’S EUROPEAN CITIES SURVEY: RESULTS OVERVIEW

Best Free Attractions: 1. London (35%) 2. Rome (9%) 3. Barcelona (9%)
Most Over-Rated: 1. Paris (25%) 2. London (12%) 3. Dublin (6%)
Most Under-Rated: 1. Krakow (7%) 2. Bruges (6%) 3. Edinburgh (5%)
Friendliest Locals: 1. Dublin (15%) 2. Amsterdam (14%) 3. Edinburgh (8%)
Least Friendly: 1. Paris (36%) 2. London (17%) 3. Moscow (6%)
Most Tourist Traps: 1. London (30%) 2. Paris (15%) 3. Rome (10%)
Most Romantic: 1. Venice (29%) 2. Paris (21%) 3. Rome (11%)
Most Expensive: 1. London (23%) 2. Paris (19%) 3. Venice (8%)
Best Bargain: 1. Prague (16%) 2. Amsterdam (9%) 3. Istanbul (8%)
Best Nightlife: 1. London (27%) 2. Amsterdam (17%) 3. Barcelona (11%)
Cleanest: 1. Copenhagen (9%) 2. Zurich (8%) 3. Stockholm (7%)
Dirtiest: 1. London (36%) 2. Paris (9%) 3. Athens (7%)
Best cuisine: 1. Paris (18%) 2. London (17%) 3. Rome (13%)
Worst cuisine: 1. London (10%) 2. Moscow (7%) 3. Warsaw (6%)
Best Architecture: 1. Barcelona (15%) 2. Rome (14%) 3. London (12%)
Ugliest Architecture: 1. Warsaw (8%) 2. Berlin (7%) 3. Brussels (6%)

Notes to editors
2,376 European travellers participated in the survey, including 638 British travellers

For further information contact, Alan Keane, Tourism Ireland Publicity, 212-418-0822

 

 

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