Glasgow named one of the 20 must-see places for 2016

By Giulia Maccagli

Glasgow has been named one of the 20 must-see places to visit for the year 2016, by the travel magazine National Geographic Traveler.

The key factor for Glasgow being selected was its art, architecture and music scene, according to the travel magazine.

The Scottish city has been chosen alongside other worldwide destinations in countries including Japan, Brazil, Botswana and Uruguay.

Scotland’s national tourism organisation, VisitScotland, welcomed Glasgow’s insertion in the list hoping that it will bring new tourists in the city. 

The Scottish city has “increased consistently” its tourist numbers in the last years, according to Glasgow City Council.

The city has become renowned for its wide offer of art attractions. Amongst the well-known destinations are the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Riverside Museum – voted European Museum of the Year 2013 – the Burrell Collection, the Hunterian Museum and Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art.

With its vibrant music scene – stretching from contemporary, classical, to Celtic and Country music – and the hosting of an average of 130 music events each week, in August 2008 Glasgow was also named a UNESCO City of Music.

The must-see-places-to-visit list – to appear both in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveler and on a special “Best of the World 2016” on the magazine’s award-winning website – was compiled following a competitive selection process comprising nominations from National Geographic Traveler’s global network of editors, writers and travellers.