12 of the Best Musical Places to Explore

Whatever music genre you love, these are some of the best places to visit when you travel the world. From classical to hip hop and everything in between, these cities have many things to explore and discover.

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Why go/what to expect: Top EDM destination, dance music festivals like the Amsterdam Dance Event, Sensation, and more; trance clubs

2. Bogotá, Colombia
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Why go/what to expect: Festivales Al Parque, hundreds of live music venues, rich and diverse music scene (bolero, classic, chamber, electronic, fusion, hip hop, salsa, traditional Colombian music, and more; Bogota Music Market

3. Bologna, Italy
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Why go/what to expect: Top destination for opera lovers, La Scala (opera house), music festivals, orchestras

4. Chennai, India
Chennai
Why go/what to expect: Famous for its carnatic music, kutcheris, music festivals such as the Madras Music Season and the Chennai Sangamam, Ananthaswami Centre for Carnatic Music, Madras Music Academy

5. Ghent, Belgium
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Why go/what to expect: Rich music and entertainment scene with several musical festivals every year, Festival of Flanders, Jazz Festival, and more

6. Glasgow, Scotland
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Why go/what to expect: UNESCO Creative City (Music), home to the World Pipe Band competition, musical venues, wide range of music genre from classical to contemporary, Glasgow Music Festival

7. Hamamatsu, Japan
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Why go/what to expect: Home of the some of the world’s best musical instrument craftsmen, state of the art Concert Hall, Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, music festivals, Shizuoka International Opera Competition

8. Havana, Cuba
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Why go/what to expect: Latin American music scene, Havana International Jazz Festival, Instituto Superior de Arte, music clubs, music performances

9. New York, USA
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Why go/what to expect: Hip Hop music scene, hip hop dance lessons, Graffiti Hall of Fame, Bronx Walk of Fame, music festivals, music venues

10. Salzburg, Austria
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Why go/what to expect: Birthplace of musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kammerspiele-theatre, Mozart Birthplace, Mozart Residence, Café Tomaselli, Salzburg Cathedral, Bibliotheca Mozartiana, Mozarteum

11. Seville, Spain
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Why go/what to expect: Spanish folk music, opera performances, flamenco, Bienal de Flamenco

12. Vienna, Austria
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Why go/what to expect: The Capital of Classical Music, city where famous musical legends like Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn, Mozart, and more once lived; concert cafes, Vienna Boys Choir , Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, music venues

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