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10 best cities in the world for an eco-friendly vacation

Kayak’s new City Index for Mindful Travelers ranked 167 cities across the world that offer sustainable — or eco-friendly — options for travel.

The study looked at 28 factors and grouped them into four categories “that reflect the main areas of consideration when planning a city trip,” according to the report:

  • Traveling to: pre-arrival factors such as options for ground travel, flying off-season or landing at a carbon-accredited airport
  • Getting around: public transport options, affordability of more eco-friendly car hire, number of biking and walking routes, wheelchair accessibility
  • Stay: air quality, drinkable tap water, availability of hotels with the Booking.com Travel Sustainable badge and pricing levels
  • Experiences: support the environment and community, such as shopping at local markets and secondhand shops, taking walking tours, visiting cultural attractions

Each city ranking was determined based on searches from Jan. 1, 2021 to March 1, 2022, for the travel period of Jan. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2022.

Rotterdam, Netherlands, is the best city for a sustainable vacation, according to a 2023 report from Kayak.

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The 10 best cities for an eco-friendly vacation

Graz is the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna.

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Graz, Austria, ranked No. 3 on Kayak’s list — it’s the country’s second-largest city after Vienna.

Graz is known for its well-developed rail network and numerous bike routes.

The historic city center, which also has an UNESCO World Heritage designation, boasts a pedestrian-only zone, which eliminates any worry about cars and makes the city easy to explore.

Graz was designated the European cultural capital in 2003, according to Britannica.

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