'Awful' Joburg worth a visit?

2013-08-28 11:36
Cape Town – The Sydney Morning Herald has included Joburg in its list of ‘awful’ cities – but still thinks each are well worth your time and money as a traveller.

Take a look at the list and let us know if you’ve been to any of these and what your experience was like? – email info@news24travel24.com


“America’s favourite punching bag with too much heritage – particularly in the music and motor industries.” 

To its credit they recommend the Henry Ford museum as well as Greenfield Village, where you can see Rosa Parks’ bus, the car JFK was assassinated in and the bike shop where the Wright Brothers built the first plane.


“With a mountain backdrop and plenty of handsome colonial buildings, Bogota should be one of the South American cities that people make a beeline for. But it’s still seen as dangerous, even though many of the drug and kidnapping issues have been cleaned up.”

Described as UNESCO’s City of Music, you should check out the ample festivals taking place, in order to plan your visit properly.

Downtown Johannesburg


“The bus station may be dicey, but Downtown Johannesburg’s reputation as a mugger-riddled crime den is overplayed. Constitution Hill is worth heading down there for on its own – the old prison cells that once held Nelson Mandela and Mohandas Gandhi are part of an essential lesson in South African history.”

All we can say is head to the Jozi City Festival happening until 31August to experience the city's regeneration and decide for yourself.


“The Serbian capital tends to be associated with bomb damage rather than big nights out, but Belgrade is arguably the most rocking city in Europe right now. This is particularly true over the summer, when party boats line the Sava and Danube rivers. But the bars on Strahinhica Bana go off year-round.”

They also recommend the Fortress, Temple of St Sava and Tito’s Mausoleum as a decided energy boost.



“Even Filipinos will happily admit that their capital is a chaotic, disjointed mess. But it has a passionate boisterousness missing from other South-East Asian cities – the garish jeepneys and wall-to-wall karaoke bars are the best examples of this.”

Blemishes aside, they suggest visiting the fortified, Spanish colonial heart of the city along with the Ayala Museum and the American Cemetery and Memorial, the largest war cemetery in the world.

The Ruhr

“Germany’s industrial heartland is a conurbation of unglamorous cities such as Dortmund, Bochum and Gelsenkirchen. But it’s what’s been done with the industrial remnants that makes it so interesting.”
Unusual art exhibition spaces in a 117-meter statue and a steelworks that has been turned into a concert venue and adventure playground are part of the roguish allure. 

A tour of the Red Dot Design Museum is said to provide a snappy look into modern design.


(Warhol Museum, Paul Rocheleau)

“Once so polluted that you could barely see your hand in front of your face, this former steel city has quietly morphed into one of the most beautiful cities in the US.“

Who wouldn’t want to check out the Warhol Museum, said to be the largest single-artist museum in the states, or the exceptionally odd Cathedral of Learning building.


“It looks like Beirut” has long been lazy shorthand for an absolute tip, but the warzone of the 1980s is now the coolest city in the Middle East.”

While religious tolerance has helped, the surprising hip factor is what makes it a must. Recommend are the beach club scene, the hole-in-the-wall bars in Gemmayzeh along with the Roman baths.


“A high murder rate tends to detract from the Jamaican capital’s natural setting – it’s sandwiched between a huge natural harbour and the Blue Mountains. But visitors sticking to the safer coastal resorts are missing out on the Bob Marley Museum, former pirate capital of the world Port Royal and the Trenchtown Culture Yard – the birthplace of reggae.”

You are advised to keep your wits about you but your reward will be fine some of the best block parties on offer in the Caribbean.

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