10. New York City  USA  | Total Sights: 100+ | Nickname: The Big Apple





Martin St-Amant (format changed) / CC BY-SA 3.0

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of New York City

United States  New York City is easily the most stimulating urban center in the US being hugely influential in commerce, publishing, fashion, and finance. 

New York City is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

 Most of the metropolis is built on the three islands of Long Island, Manhattan, and Staten Island creating a very scenic setting

With its many famous museums, its iconic skyscrapers (mainly the modern One World Trade Center, and the historic Empire State building and Chrysler Building), the beautiful Central Park and distinct neighbourhoods New York is scoring high in sights.

The largest city in the U.S. is also one of the best shopping destinations in the world and offers outstanding nightlife.

 New York scores rather badly in pedestrian zones, affordability, and climate.




Pedestrian Zones










Total Score



8.75/10 [7th]





9.25/10 [2nd]



9/10 [3rd]


8.5/10 [8.5 Mio.]


B. Top 10 Best Things to Do in New York City

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 7.6/10.

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)  9
With ease one of the supreme museums in the world "the Met" houses more than 2 million works of art from all over the globe.

As unmissable highlights we recommend the fantastic collection of European Paintings (Most famous painting: "The Death of Socrates" by Jacques-Louis David [1787]) and the extensive Egyptian art holdings including the Temple of Dendur. 

Museum   6+ hours 

by Jacques-Louis David / Public Domain

by El Greco / Public Domain

Central Park  7
Situated in the heart of Manhattan this immense (3.41 km2 [843 acres]) rectangular park, created 1857, is one of the world’s most famous green spaces.

Highlights include Belvedere Castle with its wonderful views from the castle terrace, the Loeb Boathouse, several lakes, fountains, statues and monuments (including an Egyptian Obelisk), gardens and 30 bridges.


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 Top of the Rocks Observation Deck  7
Although not the tallest skyscraper in New York, the panoramic view from the three levels of the Top of the Rocks observation deck of the Rockefeller Center is in our opinion the best New York has to offer.

Admire the Central Park and the Empire State Building in all its glory from the three levels (covered an outside terrace) of the rooftop observation deck at 259 m.

Skyscraper  1.5 hours 

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Empire State Building  7
Built in only 13 months in distinctive Art Deco style, the Empire State Building held the title of the world's tallest building with a height of 448 m (observation deck at 369 m) for more than forty years from 1931 until 1972, when it was dethroned by the Twin Towers.

Due to extremely time-consuming lines, unreasonable amounts of visitors, and high-priced admission fees, we would rather advise to appreciate this awe-inspiring building just from outside. The views from the Top of the Rocks and (to a lesser degree) from the One World Observatory are more enjoyable and include the spectacular Empire State Building itself. 

Skyscraper   Prebooking advised

by Eric Kilby / CC BY-SA 2.0

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)  7
This famous museum in Midtown Manhattan displays significant works of modern and contemporary art.

Among the highlights of the collection are masterpieces by Van Gogh (“Starry-Night”), Picasso (“Les Demoiselles d'Avignon”), Signac (“Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon”), Chagall (“I and the Village”) or Henri Rousseau (“The Sleeping Gypsy”).


by Vincent van Gogh / Public Domain

One World Trade Center   7
This iconic modern skyscraper, equally known as Freedom Tower, is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex, which opened in 2015.

The observation deck from the tallest building in the United States (541 m) offers outstanding views  over Manhattan and the Upper Bay at 386 m, although only from the interior.


by Hakilon / CC BY-SA 3.0

New York’s only World Heritage Site stands majestic on Liberty Island since 1886.

This iconic 93 m (305 ft) tall copper statue was a gift from the French government for the 100th anniversary of America's Independence. Tickets to visit the pedestal and especially the crown of the statue need to be reserved fairly well in advance.

Statue  (World Heritage Site since 1984) Prebooking always required

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by William Warby / CC BY-SA 2.0

Times Square  6

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Guggenheim Museum  6
Museum  (Most famous painting: "Composition VIII" by Wassily Kandinsky [1923])

by Wassily Kandinsky / Public Domain via Wikimedia

Frick Collection  6
Museum   (Most famous painting: "Comtesse d'Haussonville" by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres 1845])

by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres / Public Domain  via Wikimedia

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

Weather Forecast

Friday 02/23 20%
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Tomorrow 02/24 80%
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Sunday 02/25 100%
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C. Other Notable Sights in New York City

-Brooklyn Bridge  6

-National History Museum  6

-Fifth Avenue (shopping street)  5

-Grand Central Terminal  5

-The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum  5

-Bronx Zoo  5

-The High Line (park)  5

-Public Library  5

-The Chrysler Building  5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from New York City

-Philadelphia (city, 152 km from New York)  5

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in New York (including close-by excursions)

Metropolitan Museum of Art  8
Central Park  7
Rockefeller Center (259 m) 7
Empire State Building (448 m) 7
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)  7
One World Trade Center (541 m)  7
Times Square  6
Guggenheim Museum  6
 Frick Collection  6