Time Magazine has released its rankings for the world’s best places of 2021, and this year, its attention turned to a Swedish city on the west coast: Gothenburg.
This year, the city of Gothenburg will mark its 400th anniversary with a series of events and exhibits. The main installation from the Museum of Gothenburg, Gothenburg Stories, includes interviews with a cross section of 100 locals about life in Gothenburg, and is on display in a public square through September. In keeping with its eco-centric ethos, the city is expanding Jubileumsparken (Centenary Park)—a waterfront area that includes a playground and a heated pool—and the new Hisingsbron Bridge, which has a midsection that lifts to accommodate river traffic, allows residents to bike and walk over the Gota Alv. More than a dozen new restaurants and bars have also opened over the past year, including Monopolet, with its five-course street-food menu, and Dugges Pils, a beer bar that serves everything from jackfruit tacos to wings with Korean ketchup. —Michelle Tchea
The challenges of the past year and a half have transformed our world, and few industries have been as affected as travel, tourism and hospitality. In many ways, our third annual list of the World’s Greatest Places is a tribute to the people and businesses at the forefront of those industries who, amid extraordinary circumstances, found ways to adapt, build and innovate. It shines a light on ingenuity, creativity, revitalization and reopenings in destinations across the world.
To compile this list, TIME solicited nominations of places—including countries, regions, cities and towns—from our international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.
The result: a list of 100 unique destinations, from the idyllic Portuguese town of Arouca, now home to the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, to the continent of Antarctica, which this December will experience a rare total solar eclipse. And while it may not be possible to safely visit each place just yet, they’re all well worth reading (and dreaming) about until it’s time, once again, to explore.
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