The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2012: Championship

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It is hard to believe that it’s been a little over a month, 7 rounds, and 103 cities later that we’ve arrived at the 2012 Best City to Visit Travel Tournament Championship. Fethiye put up a strong fight but Sarajevo continued on with the momentum of nearly 5,000 votes while Guimaraes again edged out another round to sneak past a stubborn Istanbul. Today we are left with an exciting match up – and Friday we’ll have The Best City to Visit in 2012. Will Sarajevo continue its impressive march to victory or will Guimaraes again slip past a tough challenger? You decide and tell us who is the best.

Voting in the Championship will be open until 11:30am US EST this Thursday, March 29th. Results may not appear after you vote so check back throughout the day and I’ll post updates in the comments below. Those of you reading through email and RSS will have to click-through to this page to vote. FINAL RESULTS won’t be announced until Friday, March 30th.

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Please keep in mind the final votes for any poll aren’t final until they’re verified by my diligent verification team.

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Remember, I won’t be sharing the final results until The Best City to Visit in 2012 is announced this Friday, March 30th. Good luck to both cities!

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  1. Romanista says:

    One and only Sarajevo

  2. Planeteu says:

    Sarajevo is awesome.I vote for Sarajevo you should too

  3. vitor says:

    Go Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012, very beautiful city :)

  4. Vanja says:

    Sarajevo the best :)

  5. C.J.Parker says:

    I have friends who were born in Sarajevo and the wonderful people and wonderful stories about this city …I hope to this summer and I see the magical city of Sarajevo :)…Greetings from Washington!

  6. johny says:

    has a soul,
    and it¨s a magical city!!!

  7. John says:

    GUIMARÃES one of best cities to travel for culture and fun! Been there and wish to come back really soon!! Best Regards from Poland!!! MY VOTE GOES TO GUIMARÃES!!

  8. Adela says:

    Vote for Sarajevo, the most beautiful city in the entire world. I’ve been all over the world but have never seen a more beautiful city than Sarajevo. 1,2,3 GOOOOOOOOOO—Vote! <3

  9. erlman says:

    GUIMARAES?????? What is that???? I never heard of it. Is that a city?????

    • Anil P. says:

      You should Google it and find out ;)

    • Francisco Silva says:

      The ignorance of some is the the proud of many others!

    • Alen05 says:

      Why would one choose to appear stupid and ignorant when we have these great websites like Google and Wikipedia where a lot of free information is available. I read about the city on Wikipedia and checked out some images. Looks like an interesting small city. (However I still hope Sarajevo will win.)

    • Catarina Dias says:

      The world is full of ignorant people!
      Guimarães: European Capital of Culture! UNESCO world heritage!

  10. Zukioni says:

    Sarajevo FOREVER ! <3

  11. Lust says:

    SARAJEVO ist am besten und am schonste Stadt in EUROPA!!!!! Note fur SARAJEVO!!!!

  12. The only city in the world that is multi ethnic as Jerusalem
    is S A R A J E V O and that can give you such warmth and diversity in culture, art, cuisine….people are so nice…..Good Luck SARAJEVO CANADA IS WITH YOU!

  13. traveler says:

    So much to see and to live in Sarajevo! Definetly no.1 city!

  14. Nobody says:

    Go Sarajevo, GO!

  15. Sa says:

    Sarajevo FTW!

  16. ricardo says:


  17. Horga says:

    if you can sleep and eat for 15 euros in Guimaraes,then it deserves to win…
    you can have all off that and much more in Sarajevo,no doubt about the winner…
    S A R A J E V O

  18. SA says:

    Sarajevo !!

  19. Sinan says:

    Sarajevo ;)

  20. edin says:


  21. Miss Sarajevo says:

    SARAJEVO !!!! Sarajevo went through a terrible war and now its like a beautyful flower, nobody can destroy Sarajevo!!! European Jerusalem :-)

    All these Citys are beautyfull but….
    No City deserves it like Sarajevooooooooooooo ;-)

    S A R A J V O

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  22. samra says:

    sarajevo <3 most beautiful and unique city in europe

  23. jose auranda says:



  24. Dino says:

    Sarajevo FTW !

  25. jenna says:

    S A R A J E V O

  26. Indira says:

    Sarajevo, my love <3

  27. Oliva says:

    No east, no west, Sarajevo is the best!!!!

  28. GO SARAJEVO! Life is beautiful in Sarajevo! A vida é bela em Sarajevo!

  29. lucio says:

    Sarajevo beautiful place with lot of eastern culture,food,history, friendly people. mix culture
    good luck Sarajevo I’ll be back

  30. Fazlibegovich says:

    Come onnnn… Sarajevo deserves this chance. It is quite unknown city in the world with 3 different religions livning in it.. Thousands of people were killed with a stupid mistake that politicians make every day. Sarajevo has suffered a lot, but nevertheless it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
    Vote for the Sarajevo and come to visit, you wont regret…

  31. Asim says:

    SARAJEVO ! WILL WIN. We need support from our muslim brothers . Good luck !

  32. Alex says:

    Cant wait to see the results!
    Both cities are great!

    Good luck!

  33. HECIMOVIC says:


  34. JÖRG says:

    Sarajewo !!

  35. Ado says:

    Sarajevo, poz iz Njemacke

  36. LoEG City Guardian BHF says:

    People vote for Sarajevo, because this City got a Soul, meet their citizens, the culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina, taste the traditional food, enjoy your time in the city of the former Olympic games.
    Sarajevo the European “Jerusalem” the place which is during his wounded history still multicultural, antic and also modern.
    Walk across the old town, feel the positive energy of all religions in a air line of 100 square meters.Simple, be a part of Sarajevo !
    Visit the European Pyramids near Sarajevo , be a part of the history..

    Enjoy your time in Bosnia and Herzegovina , you`re all are Welcome !

    Regards ,

    LoEG <3

  37. Azra says:

    Vote for Sarajevo, it will win I am sure :))

  38. Amy Sweetlove says:

    The best city in the world <3 <3 <3 Sarajevo <3 <3 <3

  39. Semih says:

    and this year, 200.000 people from Turkey come to Sarajevo.. Like every year, are you ready :D

  40. John says:

    I’ve been to Sarajevo last year and its a magnificent city. My vote goes to Sarajevo. People, you have to visit this passionate, beautiful, breathtaking city.

  41. MoKe says:

    GO GO GO for Sarajevo!
    Good luck for Guimares too, but I’m pretty sure Sarajevo will make the fight :)


    Give us a chance to show YOU all the beauty of multyethnic life, the taste of chevapchichi with a smile on your faces and of course the unbeaten turkish coffee with turkish delight. These are just one of the “must do” things which will make your travel unforgetable.

  42. Alen says:

    Definetily Sarajevo. One of the most beutiful and historical cities in Europe. Sarajevo :)

  43. Lavender says:

    THERE IS SENTENCE ABOUT SARAJEVO : ‘Who once come to Sarajevo, it will come back’ :)

  44. Marco says:

    Vote for Sarajevo.. By. Slovenia

  45. Francisco Silva says:

    Good luck for Sarajevo, but hopefully Guimarães will win :)

    • Salem says:

      One time in Sarajevo, you never want to go back.Most Beautiful city with most incredible people in the world. good luck to Guimaraes, you need it! Peace

    • Mostar says:

      Sarajevo is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Drop by and see it with your own eyes, feel it with your heart…
      I have never been to Guimaraes but after have seen some videos and pictures, I definitely will come over once.
      To be honest, it’s very hard to say which city deserves out votes more. Sarajevo, the pearl of the Balkans and Guimaraes, the cradle of Portugal. However, both cities are already winners.

  46. LuxAeterna says:

    too bad for guimares, but sarajevo has won :)

  47. adrenaline says:

    too bad for Guimarães? Congratulations Sarajevo, it was an extremely good competition, hope you all can visit Guimarães soon!

  48. Francisco Silva says:

    If you pay attention to what happens in Europe you would know that Guimarães is the European Capital of Culture this year as well as World Heritage by UNESCO since 2001 ;) if you are sorry for me I must be even more sorry for you ;)