You may know the names of many countries, the continents they are located in and even what the countries are famous for. But can you guess the capital cities of the following 50 countries in the world, each with its own unique attraction?
Republic of Guatemala
Guatemala City. Guatemala City has a long-standing tradition of making sawdust carpets and currently holds the World Record for the longest carpet that measures 1.45 miles.
Hanoi. The name of the city translates to “city inside rivers”. Hanoi is also surrounded by twenty lakes and is one of the top destinations in the world for an affordable holiday.
Vatican City. Located within the city of Rome, the Vatican has a population of only 1000 residents in total. It is also the smallest independent country of the world with a 100% Catholic population.
United States of America
Washington, D.C. Home of all the United States Presidents, the White House, all roads lead to Capitol Building which is the dividing center for all street quadrants. The residents of Washington D.C. also love to drink wine, more than any other state in the country.
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is Arabic for “Father of the Gazelle”. The capital city is host to one of the most technologically advanced Formula One circuits in the world. It has a split track stretching 5.55 km and has 21 turns throughout the circuit.
Kiev. The capital of Ukraine is also one of the oldest cities of Eastern Europe founded nearly 1500 years ago. The city is home to some of the most historical monuments including the St. Sophia Cathedral and the legendary catacombs recognized by UNESCO.
Bangkok. For a culinary adventure, Bangkok certainly offers a tantalizing array of unusual dishes that will put your taste buds to the test. It has been awarded the title of world’s best cities for tourism by leading travel magazines.
Kabul. The capital of Afghanistan is also one of the highest cities in the world located 5876 feet above sea level. It was also the learning center of Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism back in the day. However, today Kabul’s population comprises of 99% Muslims.
Algiers. The beautiful capital of Algeria is home to some of the most unique architectural boulevards, apartments, and villas spanning decades back into the rich history of the city. Ottoman palaces are located in and around the city limits.
Vienna. Vienna is home to over 1700 acres of vineyards and singlehandedly produces popular white wine varieties. The capital is also known as the city of music promoting operatic theatre. Dr. Sigmund Freud popularly known as the father of psychoanalysis was a resident of Vienna.
Dhaka. The capital city of Bangladesh is also one of the most populated cities with over 15 million residents. A traffic jam in this city can last for an average of 7 hours on a daily basis. Dhaka is also home to over 400,000 bicycle taxis ferrying locals and tourists across the city.
Minsk. Minsk has two official languages, Belarusian and Russian. Belarus is also home to 5 Nobel laureates and is a place that promotes literature. Many of the prominent athletes and sportspersons are from Belarus.
Brasilia. The capital city of Brazil is one of the most expensive cities to live in the world. It is also the fourth most populous metropolis in the South American continent. Brasilia was not always the capital as Rio de Janeiro held the title for 200 years before it was officially changed in 1960.
Ottawa. We bet you didn’t know that Queen Victoria chose the city to be the capital in 1857. The word Ottawa translates to “trade” in the Algonquin language. The capital city is also home to the most educated people in the country with many scientists, engineers, and Ph.D.’s hailing from Ottawa.
Beijing. Beijing is one of the few cities that has been nominated to be the capital for different dynasties since 221 BC. The city is also home to seven of the world’s most popular UNESCO heritage sites that were constructed hundreds of years ago.
Havana. Havana plays host to the International Ballet Festival, a long-standing tradition that started way back in the year 1960. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site owing to 2000 hectares of western architectural marvels spread across the city.
Cairo. Greater Cairo is the largest city in the middle east and Africa and the longest river in the world, the mighty Nile runs through Cairo. This city of a 1000 minarets was founded in the year 969 by Fatimid Caliphate from Tunisia.
Paris. The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Paris is the Eiffel Tower. Did you know that the megastructure was supposed to be a temporary construction intended to stand no more than 20 years since the date it was built?
Athens. It is Europe’s oldest capital as the city’s origins go back to 3400 years. Athens has seen every form of government from monarchy, democracy, socialism, capitalism, and communism and was home to the first ever known form of democracy.
Berlin. Berlin is home to 1700 canals, more than Amsterdam and Paris or any other canal city in the world. The largest Turkish population outside of Turkey reside in Berlin. You will also be surprised to know that the Berlin Wall is split into two by a 140-meter death trip with guards posted to shoot trespassers.
Suva. The iconic capital of the Fiji Islands is also the commercial and political center, initially developed as a cotton farming industry. Due to a tropical rainforest climate, Suva experiences more than 3000 mm of rainfall each year.
Port-Au-Prince. The capital city of Haiti is located just 144 ft above sea level and is home to 25% of the Haitian population of the country. Haiti boasts a pleasant tropical climate with a 28-degree average annual temperature maintained for a cozy environment.
Budapest. The capital city is home to many UNESCO world heritage sites including Danube, Heroes Square, and Buda Castle among many others. The name Budapest comes from combining the two cities Buda and Pest.
Jakarta. The capital city of the Republic of Indonesia had its name changed several times since 397 to its present-day name Jakarta. Jakarta is not an official city, but a province that has a special status in the Republic.
New Delhi. Despite the entire public transport system running on environment-friendly CNG, New Delhi is among the world’s topmost polluted cities. It is also the second most populated city after Tokyo with over 25 million residents.
Rome. Rome is known for the iconic grand Colosseum, a beautiful stone amphitheater arena. Most of ancient Rome is still a few levels below the streets as the city has piled up with buildings over buildings in the last few hundred years.
Baghdad. Baghdad was originally the first capital of the British Mandate of Mesopotamia before It became the capital city of Iraq. Baghdad Zoo was one of the largest zoos in the Middle East at the time.
Dublin. Irish tap dancing is the first thing that comes to your mind when you come across the word Ireland. However, Dublin is home to the youngest population in Europe with more than 50% of the people aged below 25 years.
Tokyo. Tokyo has the busiest intersection in the world where over a 1000 people cross at one time from all directions during peak office hours. Tokyo’s Ritz Carlton features one of the most expensive suites that cost approximately $18,000 per night.
Kingston. The capital of Jamaica is home to one of the seventh largest natural harbors in the world. Kingston Railway Station is a symbol of economic importance establishing the capital as the center of future trade.
Nairobi. What was previously nothing more than a swamp is now home to skyscrapers and modern day buildings. Nairobi is also one of the few cities in the world that has a national park. There are many tourist attractions that showcase the rich history of Nairobi.
Kuwait city is located just 43 ft above sea level and it is one of the hottest cities where average temperatures can go above 52 degrees Celsius in the summer. However, winters can get as cold as -4 degrees.
Vientiane. French colonial architecture ensured the revival of a city that was in ruins in 1893. The capital city is nestled on the banks of the Mekong River and is a popular tourist destination with Buddhist temples, friendly people, and the local cuisine.
Kuala Lumpur. Home to the iconic Petronas Twin towers, Kuala Lumpur is located in the southwest Malaysian Peninsula and is one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities today. The city population is a diverse mix of Indian, Malay, and Chinese.
The Grand Friday Mosque, Male Fishmarket, Tsunami movement, National Museum, and Sultan Park are some of the notable landmarks of Male.
You may be surprised to find out that the first printing press in the USA was used in the capital city of Mexico in 1539.
The French-speaking capital has a total population of only 37000 residents making it the second smallest independent state in the world.
An interesting fact if you plan to travel to Kathmandu, the internet speed is just 256 kbps due to the hilly and mountainous terrain that interfere with high-speed signal access.
Amsterdam is home to 165 canals that form a ring stretching nearly 60 miles. Amsterdam also has a total of 1281 bridges connecting buildings over the canals.
Wellington is the culinary capital of the country with more bars, restaurants, and cafés per capita compared to New York.
Panama city is well is known for one of the most important waterways in the shipping route, the Panama canal. It allows ships to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific without having to sail all the way around South America.
Manila is home to the oldest Chinatown located in the Binondo district founded in the 16th century. The city features many historical buildings that boast a variety of architectural influences.
The oldest part of Warsaw was established in the 13th century and is one of the primary tourist attractions. In 1980, Warsaw Old Town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Portuguese Pavement is one of the unusual landmarks in the city making it a popular tourist spot.
Riyadh houses the country’s oldest university founded in the year 1957, King Sa’ud University.
Seoul is the fifth most populous metropolitan area in the world with a population of over 10 million people. It is home to five UNESCO world heritage sites including Royal Tombs of Joseon Dynasty, Namhansanseoung, Jongmyo Shrine, Hwaseoung Fortress, and Changdeok Palace.
The city is home to Globe Theater, the largest hemispherical building in the world. It is also one of the second most visited cities in the Nordic countries.
Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey are the well-known landmarks that come to mind when you think of the capital city of England.
The capital city of Zimbabwe was actually known as Salisbury until 1982 after which the name was changed to Harare. The city is five times the size of Liverpool but has nearly doubled its population with 1.5 million people.
Bern is home to one of the tallest cathedral spires in Switzerland. Bern also features Old Town which is a world UNESCO heritage sight attracting tourists from all over.