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Quiz: Can you guess these cities just by their description?

Test your knowledge of these world-famous cities and see if you can guess them from their description alone. It’s not too tough so the aim is to get them all. Your time starts now…

Thames at sunset (Dreamstime)

This city is known for its masterful artistic heritage, intricate canal system and picturesque narrow houses, all legacies of a 17th-century Golden Age.

Vienna

Amsterdam

Brussels

Venice

From the banks of a mighty river to Khan el-Khalili bazaar, the muezzin's call to prayer rings out across a city the locals call Umm Ad Dunya – the Mother of the World.

Cairo

Tripoli

Tunis

Djibouti

Founded in 1913, this capital is the country’s largest inland city, but only the eighth-largest city overall. Witness democracy in action at Parliament House or just soak up the lakeside views while sipping on a Shiraz.

Canberra

Ottawa

Washington

Auckland

Take a break from strolling the banks of the Mekong, exploring the ornate Royal Palace and admiring French colonial architecture, and demolish a bowl of fish amok at a street food stall.

Hanoi

Phnom Penh

Vientiane

Bangkok

Despite once being the second largest city in the British Empire, boasting fine Georgian architecture and a 13th century castle, today this bay side city’s most famous attraction is a converted grain storehouse. Still, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a drop of the black stuff.

Dublin

Bath

Edinburgh

Oxford

Landing at Entebbe Airport, you’ll find yourself in the once great capital of the kingdom of Buganda. This city has a turbulent past and is a gateway (maybe via its chaotic central bus station) to the source of the Nile in Jinja or an almost impenetrable national park.

Kigali

Burundi

Kampala

Harare

Here in one of the most densely inhabited places on earth, three million people talk a dozen different languages (although traditional mandarin is the official tongue). Admire the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall or hold your nose and try some “stinky tofu” in one of the buzzing night markets.

Hong Kong

Taipei

Singapore

Seoul

High up in the Andes, just south of the equator, this city is literally breath-taking. Wander its old town and marvel at the Spanish colonial architecture, or join fellow travellers snacking on plates of empanadas in La Mariscal.

Santiago

Bogotá

Asunción

Quito

A city known for unique cuisine, pared back design and sustainable living. Grab your sweater, jump on a bike and grab a selfie with a sad little mermaid.

Copenhagen

Milan

Oslo

Geneva

Known as the “Singapore of the Steppe”, this boomtown city’s skyline features eye-catching architecture, with western and Asian influences, and is dominated by the Bayterek Monument, a white latticed tower crowned by a huge glass orb.

Tashkent

Islamabad

Kabul

Nur-Sultan

Ruling over a nation of 17,000 islands, the architecture, language and cuisine of this capital city has been influenced by an historic mix of cultures – Malay, Chinese, Javanese, Arab, Indian and Dutch.

Hong Kong

Singapore

Kuala Lumpur

Jakarta

The author Ian Fleming described this as a “tough city”, but as you gaze up at the blue mountains rising in the north or out over the natural harbour lapping at its southern shores, you may find yourself asking “Is this love, is this love, is this love, is this love that I'm feelin'?”

Kingston

Havana

Georgetown

Kingstown

As you sail north up the romantic Danube River, look west for a medieval quarter and royal castle or east for the domed Parliament building and funky Jewish quarter. Once hidden behind the Iron Curtain this really is a tale of two cities.

Berlin

Budapest

Tirana

Prague

Sitting on the Atlantic Ocean, this city became the country’s capital when it achieved independence from its French colonial rulers in 1955. Not the country’s most famous city, but still boasting an atmospheric Kasbah, and a pretty walled medina.

Rabat

Algiers

Dakar

Tunis

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