The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) recently released its latest top 20 rankings for cities. It’s always interesting to see which cities remain on the list and which are new. For example, Vienna kept its No. 1 status, Berlin climbed one place to third and Copenhagen took the biggest leap, moving into the eight spot. Beijing, though, fell out of the top 10 to land at No. 13.
We editors have been fortunate enough over the years to visit some of these cities, either for business or pleasure. Here we each offer some thoughts about one place in a highly ranked ICCA city that we particularly enjoyed experiencing.
Michael Pinchera, editor, One+:
In Prague, requiring a relaxed experience to conclude what had been a strange day, I could have wished for nothing better than stumbling upon the Reduta Jazz Club. Wonderful music, cozy seats/couches, low lights, a friendly crowd—after a week of exploring the Czech Republic, this was a heavenly way to wind down. Note: The Reduta’s live music goes until midnight, but if you’re relying on mass transit don’t get too comfortable because that’s the same time the city’s subway stops running for the night. Plan accordingly. http://www.redutajazzclub.cz/
Jason Hensel, multimedia editor, One+:
The Bassy Cowboy Club is located in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin, and it’s a place my wife and I stumbled across when the doorman asked if we liked to dance to 1960s-era rock. We would’ve had our red-blooded American cards taken from us if we said no. The club only plays music pre-1969 and frequently offers live music. From leopard printed wallpaper to disco balls hanging from the ceiling to a huge mural of Saddam Hussein watching you dance, Bassy is a great example of what I love about Berlin—taking the past, twisting it up and making it seem brand new. http://www.bassyclub.de/
Blair Potter, managing editor, One+:
Despite the dropping temperature—and Vienna can get quite cold in the winter—the high spirits of the crowd, a bag of freshly roasted chestnuts and a mug of spicy orange punch will keep you warm when navigating the Christmas markets of Vienna. The markets, some small (inhabiting a few side streets) and some massive (the town square by city hall), are located throughout the city, and they’re easily accessible on foot from many of the hotels and public transportation stops. You can enjoy a baked potato, pick up something handcrafted or just enjoy the sights. If you’re looking for a place where you can really absorb the holiday spirit, these markets are a must (especially when a light snow begins to fall). http://www.wien.info
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- Buenos Aires