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Can you guess the most cultured city in Europe?

Based on the numbers of museums, music venues, theatres and libraries per 100,000 people, these cities have been ranked the most cultured in Europe

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

What even is culture? Well, without getting too deep, culture is pretty much everything. From eating, drinking and everyday routines to museums, history and art, you can argue that there’s not much that isn’t some form of culture.

In other words, it’s pretty difficult to rank cities based on their cultural offerings – but that’s what they’ve managed to do over at luggage storage company Bounce. By totting up the number of museums, theatres, libraries and music venues per 100,000 people, then combining that with the number of Google searches for ‘cultural’ stuff, Bounce ranked the most cultured cities in Europe.

Top of Bounce’s study came Venice, which, to be honest, probably isn’t much of a surprise to most readers. Venice apparently boasts 37.94 museums, 12.77 libraries and 10.45 music venues per 100,000 people, which is very high indeed. In fact, Venice had proportionally more museums, libraries and venues than any other city in the list.

Next up was Edinburgh, which, from the iconic Edinburgh Castle to the National Museum of Scotland, was a great cultural all-rounder, while third came Amsterdam, which apparently had a whopping 887,350 ‘cultural’ Google searches.

Here were the top 10 most cultured cities in Europe, according to Bounce’s study.

  1. Venice, Italy
  2. Edinburgh, UK
  3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  4. Florence, Italy
  5. Milan, Italy
  6. Paris, France
  7. Prague, Czech Republic
  8. Zurich, Switzerland
  9. Dublin, Ireland
  10. Rome, Italy

Read Bounce’s full study for yourself here – and bear all that in mind for your next culture-packed trip!

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