World's Most Boring Cities to Visit

By chili, April 23rd 2010 in Travel Destinations Comments (562)

These cities might by livable, wealthy or even pretty, but you will find neither thrill of vibrant metropolises, nor the excitement of bustling nightlife within their limits. In the boredom rankings they always occupy the top positions, despite the fact that many of them are the national capitals. What follows is seven of the world's urban destinations which are, by our measure, pretty dull to travel to.

 

1. Brussels. Belgium.

 Brussels. By WaveCult

Brussels. By WaveCult

If it weren't for beer and chocolate, Brussels could really bore you to death. Labeled as the capital of the European Union, Brussels is a city of red tape and Eurocrats. Home to numerous international institutions and organizations such as the headquarters of the NATO, the European Commission and the European Parliament, Brussels has become an administrative centre of the continent, with more ambassadors, politicians, civil servants, journalists, and office workers than any other city in the world. Fortunately, Brussels' gastronomic offer is quite impressive, with apparently around 2,000 restaurants and bars to cater for all tastes. So if you happen to be in the city, at least you have plenty to choose from to kill the time.

2. Houston. The USA.

Houston. By telwink

Houston. By telwink

You really have to look hard if you want to find something interesting in Houston. This is a city of heat, humidity, shopping malls, highways and traffic-jams. Houston is the fourth largest city in the USA, the largest town in Texas and its climate is hardly bearable. Apparently, there are around 100 days a year when the temperature exceeds 90 °F (32 °C) and the humidity adds extra degrees to the temperature. So, while in the city, you have no choice but to spend most of your time in air-conditioned buildings. Thanks to its huge energy industry, the city has become a playground for national and international giants. How romantic... 

3. Zurich. Switzerland.

Stock Exchange in Zurich. By Toni V

Stock Exchange in Zurich. By Toni V

According to the readers of Trip Advisor, Zurich, Switzerland, comes second (after Brussels) in the race for the dullest city on the European continent. The financial hub of the country and the whole Europe, Zurich is home to corporations, banking giants as well as one of the world's biggest stock exchange, and it is often called the Singapore of Europe. Despite the fact that this Swiss metropolis has been cited as the city with the best quality of life and the wealthiest city in Europe, it is hardly a fascinating place to visit.  Put into apple-pie order, Zurich is simply too sterile and predictable.

 

4. Singapore.

Singapore's cityscape. By williamcho

Singapore's cityscape. By williamcho

When it comes to Singapore, the opinions are divided. Some people absolutely love the city's spotlessness, others would say there's nothing to do there besides shopping and eating. Singapore, an island, a city, and a state in one, is inhabited by 5 million people of which 36% are foreigners. Thanks to its business-friendly economy that attracts millions of expatriates, great shopping opportunities and favorable location (important transportation hub), Singapore receives around 7 million tourists a year. Cleanliness, organized lifestyle and super low crime rates have earned the city-state a funny moniker: the Asia for beginners. Still, if you are searching for the ultimate Asian city adventure, you'd be better off heading for Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo or Bangkok.

 

5. Bratislava. Slovakia.

Bratislava's panorama. By Eole

Bratislava's panorama. By Eole

The tiny capital city of tiny Slovakia, Bratislava has only 400,000 residents, ten square kilometers of the city center and only about 40 hotels to be found in the entire metropolis. In comparison to other Central and Eastern European cities such as vibrant Cracow in Poland, stunning Prague in the Czech Republic or fascinating Budapest in Hungary, from a tourist's point of view, Bratislava does not have much to offer. As far as architecture goes, the city (except in the very downtown) is nothing but 9-storey apartment blocks, so literally half a day would be enough to stroll around the historic center. The city's cultural offer and a nightlife scene are also quite limited - thanks God, Vienna is less than 60 km away.

 

6. Wellington. New Zealand.

 Wellington. By greendott

Wellington. By greendott

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, known for being the windiest city in the country, is a medium-sized town of about 400,000 inhabitants. Although its natural setting is quite impressive as the city is surrounded by a pretty harbor and lush green hills, its attractiveness as an urban tourist destination is open to doubt. While Wellingtoners could argue all day long for Wellington's superiority over Auckland and other cities of the region, the truth is that New Zealand's capital is far from appealing. So, while in New Zealand, you'd better stay focused on nature (which is absolutely stunning, by the way) and for a vibrant city life choose Sydney or Melbourne instead.

 

 7. Oslo. Norway.

Oslo. By Vinje

Oslo. By Vinje

Unless you are an avid cyclist, hiker or museum buff, the boredom may hit your senses quite quickly in Oslo. Inhabited by around 600,000 people, the capital city of Norway might be good for outdoor activists, but travelers looking for an active city life will get disappointed. Moreover, Oslo is one of the most expensive capitals in the world so killing time in the city will be certainly disastrous to your wallet. Scandinavian reserved and cold manner, the country's geographical isolation from the rest of Europe, rather dull urban architecture, and depressing lack of daylight for fairly six months a year may make you want to leave the town sooner than you expect.

 

Comments

  1. Eric Apr 29, 2010 10:41 AM

    I'm sorry, I have to say this is one of the more poorly written articles I've seen on opentravel

  2. KLMircea avatar KLMircea May 1, 2010 10:18 AM

    I love Brussels. Why borring? You have to see a lot and experience good food and souvenirs.........

  3. kayla May 1, 2010 4:23 PM

    some of these places arent that boring ifu went

  4. Carol May 5, 2010 1:04 AM

    I've lived in Houston for 40 years.We have more theater seats than New York. We have a world known symphony and ballet. We have pro football, baseball, basketball, soccer, & ice hockey. You can find a restaurant here from every cuisine and country in the world. We have canoeing in the middle of downtown! Museums? Too many to list - Fine Art, Contemporary Art, Natural History, Holocost, etc etc. Hmm. Space Center Houston, NASA, miles and miles of bike trails. High summer is hot, hot, hot but our other three seasons are fantastic - we rarely if ever freeze so you can enjoy hiking trails and biking in February comfortably. Houston is anything but boring. If you're bored here, you stayed in bed with the curtains drawn.

  5. pcamp May 6, 2010 2:17 PM

    you're boring!what did you do, sit in a locked closet and suck your thumb.you suck

  6. chocmuffins May 8, 2010 5:36 AM

    Having lived in Zurich and Singapore, I can't agree more that those two cities are completely boring.

    Thanks for the great article, will steer away from those cities unless necessary.

  7. Bubblewrap May 13, 2010 10:53 PM

    Houston folk are mostly nice people. There's the good. But Houston is a total snoozefest. All the culture that was mentioned above does exist, but without the pizzazz and uniqueness of other cultured cities. Not special in the least. Not to mention, Houston sucks aesthetically--not visually inspiring or thrilling--dull building galore. Hands down one of the most boring, slow cities I've ever lived in. One more year here, and I'm out.

  8. Adash May 14, 2010 4:55 AM

    I've lived in Oslo for 5 years, it's a small city with some weird attitudes but in winter there's a ski slope 25 minutes away on a local city train. In summer you can swim in the fjord. Sure its not frigging NYC but its ok, its cool. One thing's for sure, the woman are probably the most beautiful in the world.

  9. Brendon May 15, 2010 11:48 PM

    Oslo. Agreed!

  10. Hemant May 25, 2010 1:13 AM

    I am living in Houston and doing business....U motherfucker!!!dont u have any sense for economy or shopping or dining out.I think its gud.Singapore is the best of the lot.I havent visited any other city in this list but i know that Oslo is the most boring one can get.I am satisfied by ur other cities.

  11. Nadja Jun 16, 2010 6:39 PM

    I agree about Brussels.

  12. Brand0 Jun 17, 2010 1:56 PM

    This article was very targeted. To generate buzz, traffic and also at big travel destinations.... it's no accident that every city listed here are some of the largest international hubs in the world. To call any of them some of the more "boring" cities in the world is a joke as each one is full of multiple cultures and with that a plethora of activities. There may not be as much "character" in houston for example, as say... Boston, but that doesn't make it boring. There is a big difference there.

  13. You wish you knew Jun 17, 2010 6:28 PM

    Houston isn't boring. You couldn't be furthur from the truth on that one.

  14. Sue Jun 22, 2010 5:51 PM

    Oslo. I have lived here for 20 years and yes it gets boring. But for a tourist who is not interested in art or riding a bike should do some research on city life before coming here. YES is bloody expensive,but hey! You knew that before you came right? If not then I feel sorry for you. The people who get most out of their vacation here are the ones who stops people and gets to know them. I cant tell you how many times I have ended up with new friends just because you met someone at the subway looking for directions to a nice coffeshop or so. Most people no matter where just want to get to know the locals. I did the same in Rome,ended up with a friend for life. She walked by me at a shopping street. I asked for direction,turned out that she was a tourist as well and we ended up discovering Rome together. SO,not everyone here are reserved and cold manner!!!

  15. well, tbh Jun 23, 2010 9:25 AM

    WE have the great artist lbrahim Jãlãl in Oslo, he's show is worth a trip

  16. Josh Jun 30, 2010 2:46 PM

    I live in Oslo and to those defending its inclusion in this article, take another read. The author states that unless you are an avid outdoor enthusiast ie) canoeing, hiking (eating 400 pieces of bread a day with nothing but liver paste), then the city will be found boring. It isn't much of a "real" city. If you're looking for an exciting, face paced city feel... don't come here.

  17. Pell City, Alabama Jul 18, 2010 2:31 PM

    Pell City, Alabama!!!

    No mall
    No movies
    No public pools
    No real sit down restaurants (they do have fast food.)
    Hot/Humid/and tons of bugs!

  18. Surfer Jul 23, 2010 2:19 PM

    Houston's probblem is that it lacks the energy that other big cities have. It moves slow for a city that is the 4th largest in the country. It is mainly a city that deals with oil and medicine, not entertainment. I am getting the hell out of here soon.

  19. Nomad Jul 23, 2010 3:31 PM

    I've lived in houston now for 7 months and before i came here, I read all the articles about how fun and exciting the city is.....the cost of living is great, the weather sucks ass, oh yeah, THIS IS THE SLOWEST CITY I'VE EVERY LIVED IN. People are nice but damn, they take their sweet time to do anything; no sense of urgency. ever. I gotta go.

  20. yermama Jul 24, 2010 9:38 AM

    F*** all you a-holes that think Houston is boring. To the ones that are leaving soon...GOOD! We don't need people like you here. Buh-bye

  21. Doofus Jul 24, 2010 11:24 PM

    Funny, some of my favorite places in the world have made your list. I guess I must be boring... or, the writer is an Ed Hardy wearing douchebag that needs velvet ropes to indicate wear a good time is to be found.

  22. Nomad Jul 25, 2010 10:03 AM

    @yermama- thanks for reminding me: Houstonians are very protective and prideful of their beautiful city.

  23. it is what it is Jul 25, 2010 12:45 PM

    people who can't handle houston summers are wusses. fall, winter and spring make up for july, august and september. houston is the only town i've ever been in where you can walk from an excellent pub with over 200 beers on tap to a 24 hour bohemain hangout with psychic counter help and then over to the best banh mi ever. on the way, you pass jazz hang outs, sushi bars and boutique hotels....and that's just five blocks. imagine what happens when you get to know the whole city. magic. feel free to stay away. we'd rather not have you easily bored types anyway.

  24. Linda Jul 26, 2010 12:52 PM

    I'm laughing at the comments by those trying so hard to defend Houston in it's boring-ness! Moved here 3 years ago because it's affordable and boy is it. Ever heard of the term you get what you pay for? I don't pay alot to live here and I get little back in return. I travel alot for my job and this is most definitely the more boring big city in the United States. The reactions I get from colleagues in my field is all the same when I say I live in Houston...."Yuck" is the first thing that comes to mind. This city is run-down, ugly, and did I say boring? Haha about more theater seats than NYC (which isn't even true). Family won't even visit me here. What a huge mistake I made deciding to relocate here. I'm waiting for the economy to get better so I can get the heck out of dodge.

  25. Justin Jul 26, 2010 1:14 PM

    I've to all of the places listed, except Wellington, and I'd say it's a pretty good list.

  26. imouttahere Jul 26, 2010 2:29 PM

    where do i start? houston is without a doubt the most boring big city in america. everything is second rate here. imagine what would be considered decent in dc, and that same place, thing, restaurant is considered top notch in this sad city. houston is tops when it comes to lower standards..parks, museums, neighborhoods, nightlife, you name it. i've been here for 10 years now and it's worse than ever. the whole "texas" thing is something else. so much pride for a state with so little to offer. the alamo? galveston? el paso? all second and third rate. houstonians are so desperate for recognition about it being the 4th largest city in america. we all know that this place is the laughingstock of the country. the only reason to move here is because your job brought you here and nothing else. on top of all this, it's still the ugliest city i've ever lived in, in my 35 years of life. when houstonians tell visitors that visiting the galleria (a fricken mall) is must when you come here, that alone tells you how much there is so little to see and do here when you leave the office. i live in rice village, which folks will tell you is the place to be. for houston stardards this place is the bomb, but anywhere else it would be a collection of attached tired-looking strip malls, without any sidewalks and trees. lots of dangerous areas to avoid, and the majority of residents are uneducated college-wise compared to other cities. it's great driving around here seeing empty lots next to an xrated theater, next to a 20 story building, next to a school, next to a truck rental place, next to yet another rundown business, for miles and miles and miles. thanks for reading.

  27. hehe Jul 28, 2010 9:26 PM

    Congrats to Houston for representing America so proudly!!!! Never been there, but from what my cousin says who lives there, it sounds pretty boring to me.

  28. Mario Jul 29, 2010 11:38 PM

    Houston is a business city. It is not trying to be some big entertainment hub. By the looks of some of the above comments, it seems they are more of an entertainment-driven kind of person. This is not to say Houston doesn't have entertainment, but you will not find some stuff as in other cities. Las Vegas is a casino city. Los Angeles is good for film industries and TV. New York just has everything. Houston is energy industry driven. As far as ugly? Hardly. Houston has without a doubt, one of the best looking skylines, not only in the US but in the World. If you don't like it here, it's fine. Don't let the door hit you on your way out. :p

  29. Txtransplant Aug 2, 2010 8:33 PM

    Mario is right. Houston is a biz city and that's all it will ever be able to claim. Trust me when I say that few would choose to live here unless a job took them here or an opportunity opened up. You go to work and then you go home - that's life in H-town. All work and no where to play. Seriously, for Houston's size, the entertainment options are severely limited. Don't get me started on Hermann Park. And Mario, if you don't find Houston ugly, then I'm guessing you don't travel much, do you? Ever seen the selection of Houston postcards at the airport? Nothing but pics of the skyline from various angles. Could it be that there's a whole lot of ugly around these parts and nothing else is worthy of photographing? The only people I've met who praise Houston are the natives - poor folks know nothing else, I reckon.

  30. John Aug 3, 2010 12:30 PM

    You guys want to see a boring city come to Omaha , NE. If i have a choice i will move to Houston in a heartbeat

  31. Seriously? Aug 4, 2010 2:34 PM

    Houston, and not Atlanta? I've lived in both, and Atlanta was the single dullest, most plastic place I've ever set foot. I gave it five years, and it never got better. Friends and family who came to visit me in Atlanta got depressed and went home early. Houston, on the other hand, has managed to offer constant opportunities for adventure every time I have visitors now. Obviously, "chili" spent too much time in River Oaks or, outside of the Beltway, and didn't spend a single moment in Montrose.

  32. Nick. Aug 6, 2010 5:46 AM

    I liked Singapore on the two occasions I've been...good transport, great food and very diverse.
    I would add Toronto to the boring list. I found that a really dull place.

  33. WLG Resident Aug 9, 2010 8:09 PM

    Don't agree with your review. May agree at some points that NZ Welly got nice nature site seeing sites or spots and windy but we are not definitely boring. People here just prefer to have work life balance thus perhaps the shops close early (5-530 pm) so they can spend some night life you see though night life is not that too late as well but it is definitely on Fridays which would again balance - work and life or pleasure and FAMILY time. So yeah don't make hasty reviews mate! Maybe to make your article right, change your topic or title listing to something else and not brand all these places as boring as you think because not all people would see partying or night life as a good think, they might see it boring too and prefer nature as an exciting one instead.

  34. Consider this... Aug 11, 2010 12:00 PM

    I moved to the suburbs of Houston when I was in kindergarten. I've lived in this city for almost 20 years and let me tell you, you may think it is boring, but there are things to consider. Houston is approximately 600 square miles. That is twice the size of New York and half the size of Rhode Island, the smallest state in the US. If you're going to find something to do in Houston, you have to be willing to a) drive quite a way to do it and b) be willing to find it. I work in the hospitality industry here and I have international guests ask me all the time what there is to do in Houston. There is plenty to do, however they are not accustomed to having to pay beaucoup bucks to do it. Hardly anything in Houston is within walking distance and to take a cab from one side of the city to the other is NOT cheap. You don't get the instant gratification of being able to walk anywhere or take public transportation to see the sites. While I, of course, do get bored in Houston, it's notbecause of a lack of things to do. It is because of a lack of desire to drive 30-45 minutes across the city to do it. Houston can be boring, it you don't know what to do, but I wouldn't say it is in the top 7 most boring cities in the world. I mean, have you been to Louisville, KY, Charleston, WV, Augusta, ME, Rochester, NY or Providence, RI? I promise, they are far more boring than Houston. Although, I do have to agree, summer in Houston SUCKS, but you get used to it eventually and it pays off in December when you can still walk around with a light sweater.

  35. Montrosian Aug 13, 2010 2:42 AM

    Houstonians quickly learn to laugh at this drivel. I only hope that people don't catch on en masse what a wonderful place this is to live. It's a golden age here.



  36. aaro Aug 13, 2010 2:15 PM

    u should have put all of Illinois except the Chicago area, South Bend, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Berlin, New York City, Los Angelos, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Cape Town

  37. Jeremy Aug 13, 2010 10:24 PM

    I have lived in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and am currently In Houston Texas. I have to agree and disagree with this article about Houston. You really need to know someone in order to enjoy houston. You are not going to get the natural awe inspiring beuty of mountains and a cliff covered coast line here. You are also not going to get the walk the local styled toursit strip. This is pure city. sprawling, diverse, and extremely esoteric. That is why you need an in. With out being in the know, you will drive right by exactly what you've been looking for. And that is exactly why I love Houston.

  38. Oliver Aug 20, 2010 1:50 PM

    Oslo is boring, but Bratislava certainly isn't.

  39. Emil Aug 25, 2010 3:30 AM

    There is lots of work in Houston, but I have lived in it or the immediate area for forty-four years, and it is the most insipid and ugly city you can imagine. It had character back in the 60's and 70's, but when everyone in the world started coming here, things got uglier and uglier. Everyone is pretty nice, but the ugliness and the weather are finally sending me on my way.

  40. MatMar Aug 27, 2010 7:38 PM

    I'd add every single Swedish city. There's nothing to do in Sweden!

  41. goldentraveler Aug 30, 2010 5:17 PM

    i have to agree, with MatMAr sweden has beautiful people, butyes its very boring to visit

  42. Coast2Coast Sep 1, 2010 12:12 AM

    Houston is gigantic and like someone else mentioned, you really need to know a local to get the best out of the city.

    When I lived there, I spent my time playing on SEVERAL frisbee-golf courses, visiting places like the huge zoo and many museums, eating all kinds of authentic food, visiting bars ranging from country dive to college hangout to a "sky" bar, picking up the gorgeous women who honestly don't wear much due to the heat, water skiing at nearby lakes, shopping, saw a Rockets game, saw several Astros games, saw a Texans game, went to Superbowl 38(!), rode on bike trails ALL over town, watched some illegal street racing with a crowd of what seemed like 150+ people, went to the Dog Track once, went to the Horse Track several times, played poker at a handful of VERY impressively run poker rooms, did I mention the killer Mexican food(?), etc, etc, etc.....

    All of this and more and there was one ever-present constant: the friendliness of the people. Yes, they are fiercely prideful and protective of their city, but I rarely ran into out and out rude people like I sometimes have in NY, Seattle, L.A., Boston, etc. By all means, if you know someone in Houston, visit and have THEM take you out. The city also happens to have the #1 ranked airport in the country.

  43. Johnny Sep 1, 2010 8:21 AM

    I moved to Houston area suburb in 1981. It is anything but boring or ugly. You want boring & ugly, try living in the bootheel of Missouri growing up. Senath is a one stop sign town which you can literally stand at one in take a picture & see the end of town. Nothing but flat, dry farmland as far as you can see. NOTHING to do except watch TV, make babies & draw welfare because there is no industry except farming & those jobs are taken. In Houston, I can go do or see something different & beautiful every day for 3 months & not do everything available. We are the restaurant capital of the world hence being rated the fattest city in the US a couple of times. If you can't find a good restaurant, you're not looking. I love the weather here, it beats the hell out of snow & ice which in my 29 years here snow has actually happened 5 times & stuck with any significance twice. I can wear shorts in December, maybe have to wear a heavy coat 2 weeks out of the year. I love my roots & am proud to be from there but Houston is & always will be my home. You have to have blinders on not to see beauty anywhere you are but to say Houston is boring & ugly is B.S.

  44. Ann Sep 6, 2010 10:54 AM

    Houstonians, stop lying. This city sucks. I've been stuck here for 19 years. Next year, I'm transferring to the University of Texas. I'm just counting down the weeks.

  45. Martin Sep 6, 2010 11:21 PM

    Zürich!!...arghh...incredibly BORING and EXPENSIVE as hell. In general the whole Switzerland is so boring (including people). They do nothing and besides they live thinking about time. You can see the entire city in a couple of hours and that's it. Think twice if you are pretending to live there. I have finished studies and THANKS GOD I'm leaving soon!!

  46. andy Sep 8, 2010 9:30 AM

    having travelled all over the world, I agree with the article except Brussels.... Brussels is fantastic, I can't imagine how you can find boring a city filled with historical breweries, nice unique coffeeshops, awesome parks, architecture that is colorful and unique, and a relatively good nightlife that lasts all night.

    Brussels is a very nice fun city, however at first sight it's not so impressive, but the belgian capital is a city that grows on you, you just have to know the right spots and you will fall inlove with that city.

    I would put geneva.... boring, nothing to do and a downtown filled with nothing but expensive boutiques and snobs.... not to mention rampant crime and a non-existent night life.

  47. andy Sep 8, 2010 9:31 AM

    having travelled all over the world, I agree with the article except Brussels.... Brussels is fantastic, I can't imagine how you can find boring a city filled with historical breweries, nice unique coffeeshops, awesome parks, architecture that is colorful and unique, and a relatively good nightlife that lasts all night.

    Brussels is a very nice fun city, however at first sight it's not so impressive, but the belgian capital is a city that grows on you, you just have to know the right spots and you will fall inlove with that city.

    I would put geneva.... boring, nothing to do and a downtown filled with nothing but expensive boutiques and snobs.... not to mention rampant crime and a non-existent night life.

  48. Laura Sep 9, 2010 2:54 PM

    I lived in Houston for eight years, and i hated it. The heat could almost melt your skin off, and the bugs (there are just way too many). I was initially attracted to the city because of the low cost of living; but when i got there it really wasn't that much of a difference. I moved back to Los Angeles and I'm so glad to be back. I do occasionally travel to Houston to visit my friends, but i never stay longer then a week. Hands-down, I'd have to say Houston is one of the most boring cities in the United States: the best part of Houston is the inside.

  49. Collin Sep 9, 2010 11:23 PM

    Just got back from a trip to Singapore. Not really sure how it is boring.

    Alcohol was expensive but it was made up for by the fact they have a Universal Studios (no I did not go), a resort Island full of beaches hotels and entertainment plus legal prostitution (negative on that one as well).
    It's home to amazing variety of people across the globe. If you don't think that people can make a place interesting then what the hell are you traveling for in the first place? It's one of the best cities in the world to explore different cultures (Chinese, Indian, Muslim, Malay, etc) . I found Little India and Arab Street (think of a whole city quarter smoking hookahs) to some of the most compelling places I have ever gone in my life. Maybe the writer finds colorful street bazaars and seriously amazing food boring but I don't.

  50. Tim Sep 16, 2010 11:39 AM

    Brussels, agreed! Boring as hell. Go to Amsterdam or Berlin!

  51. Simone Sep 16, 2010 11:44 AM

    I toured several capital cities in Europe and I must say that Brussels was nothing exciting. Kind of lame and ordinary in compare to other cities.

  52. Edward Sep 18, 2010 2:54 PM

    Zurich ( and all of Switzerland for that matter), is one of the most boring places I have ever been. Gray, super expensive and emotionless people living robotic lives. I agree Singapore can be boring also, but next to Zurich, Singapore is Disneyland. Avoid Zurich and Switzerland unless you are a complete introvert with more money than brains.

  53. Boris Sep 23, 2010 10:15 AM

    As a Belgian i can't say that i love Brussels but that's not because it's boring. Sure, (and i'm going to put it midlly) it isn't the most beautiful city in the world but it's absolutely not boring. You even say it in your article, how can a city with 2000 restaurants and bars be boring? Brussels has a bunch of great musea, great old architecture (great market, Horta,...), weird architecture (Atomium) and a bunch of bad architecture. It's the "home" of great food, beer, chocolate/waffles, Franco-Belge comics, it has a thriving underground music scene (Fuse, Recyclart), several festivals during the summer and a renowned opera house. It has a sleazy red light district (if you are into that), some old breweries and silly things like Mini Europe. If you are in a nerdish mood you can always visit the European parliament. You can even take a tour through the sewers of Brussels. Sure, if you want sun, beach and cheap bars where they play crappy pop music, Brussels might not be the city for you. Lloret de Mar in Spain however might be more up your alley :)

  54. cant tell you Sep 23, 2010 11:40 AM

    I would have to agree Brussels is sooooooo boring its not funny there is nothing to do and well no wild life no outdoors sports no city life around the hub of the commission there are three wanna be pubs! that pretty much it.

  55. Name Sep 24, 2010 8:47 AM

    Another Advantage of Brussels is that it's at the centre of Belgium and that every city is close to each other. There are three big train stations in Brussels so in 20 minutes you are in Leuven or Mechelen, in 35 Minutes you are in Ghent, in 40 minutes you are in Antwerp and in an hour you are in Bruges, Namur or Liege. So, even if you are too blind to notice what Brussels has to offer, you can go visit another city in the time it would take you to get from one side to the other in a city like houston.

  56. Ozzie Oct 1, 2010 9:00 AM

    I found this very interesting, I've just returned from a trip to Houston for work. I was so shocked by the place that I actually typed Houston is Boring into google and landed here. Im obvisously not alone. I visited customers in 70 story office buildings, yet there there were hardly any people walking on the street which isnt a surpise as there is absolutely nothing worthy of walking around downtown for. In a city which is the 4/5 biggest in the US it astounds me how it could be so devoid of interest. I mean I even walked around the Houston Downtown tourist map and went to the "sights". I have no issue with there being no touristy things to see as its predominately a business centre, what amazed me was the lack of any redeeming qualities that you would expect from a large modern city. I did venture out to the burbs, rubbish themed restaurants and second rate shopping malls. I saw no evidence of Texas Hospitality as everyone seemed - well bored and disengaged. Worst of all, I didn't see a single stylish hot chick.
    I have no axe to grind here, it's just that my visit there genuinely shocked me that a world famous large city like that could be so absolutely boring and devoid of character. I have lived in very different cities in UK ( rough and industrial) and Australia ( naturally beautiful and isolated) and they both have so much more to offer. My question is, don't Houstonians want more from their hometown - other than it's cheap!

  57. JP Oct 5, 2010 3:52 PM

    You should really visit Doha qatar in the Middle east you would realise the meaning of eternal boredom.U cant drink,u cant party there is nothing to see except for big blgds and fast cars.Ppl all above mentioned cities are far far better than doha.

  58. Chris Oct 10, 2010 9:06 PM

    Who doesn't like beer and chocolate? Brussels is a lovely city...

  59. Steven Oct 13, 2010 11:14 PM

    Richmond (Virginia) should be on this list.. I live in NYC but go down there to visit family and it is a total drag. Nothing to see, not even that many sidewalks cuz everybody just drives.. just shopping centers, department stores, and places to eat..

  60. Tony Oct 16, 2010 10:42 AM

    Youve obviously never been to Perth, Australia

  61. ricky Oct 17, 2010 11:06 PM

    I have been living in Atlanta for 11 years, hands down the most boring city in the country.

  62. Ozzie Oct 18, 2010 5:11 AM

    Hi Tony- I have been to Perth - and Houston makes it feel like Manhatton

  63. Peter Nov 2, 2010 12:41 AM

    I've lived in Wellington NZ most of my 50 years and I'd have to say it would be better known as Wellingrad 9 months of the year with endless wind and rain. The other 3 however it deserves this http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/new-york-city/travel-tips-and-articles/76165 . Best February March and Septemberish (for WoW).

  64. Barry Nov 5, 2010 8:54 PM

    There's a reason NASA said: "Houston, we have a problem". The astronauts didn´t want to go back to Houston - that was the problem.

  65. hOUSTON LIFE Nov 14, 2010 9:32 PM

    I was raised in Houston, but I no longer live there. Houston is not perfect it can be a little sleepy. I don't think Houston belongs on this list though.

    I must say it doesn't have the entertainment base that other large cities have.

    But the overall quality of life is quite high. The home that an average Joe has in Houston owns blows most major cities out of the water. -And here's a novel concept- They can

    ...AFFORD IT

    Best of all for the past 10 yrs Houston's economy has clobbered all the the so called great cities LA, New York, Chicago, & S.F. D.C

    This year there were more companies on the Inc 500 from Houston (the 500 fastest growing privately owned companies in America) than any city in the U.S.

    So if you want to flaunt a lifestyle you can't afford like most Americans, then you should probably move to cities on the west or east coast.

    However, if you're about BUSINESS; and want to be around "real people" then Houston may work for you. Besides you can take all the money you make and save in Houston and play in all those other cities.

  66. Steph Nov 16, 2010 12:17 AM

    You forgot about Corvallis Oregon. It is so boring that I would drive 30 minutes to go to the nearby boring towns just for the excitement of NOT being in Corvallis. Nobody walks anywhere, the place is a ghost town after 8 pm.

  67. donohue Nov 23, 2010 6:53 PM

    Your Bratislava review is very accurate but to say that it is a relief that Vienna is only 40km away! I wish it was a million. Vienna has to be the most boring town I've ever been to! Nightlife? Every club is like a art gallery full of boring intellectuals and the bars...along with it's grey sheen, Vienna is a very dull town indeed!

  68. Morgan Nov 24, 2010 5:22 AM

    Wellington, New Zealand boring ?? No way, mate. Great city; great people. So it's windy! BFD. It doesn't snow, it's not baking hot, the pubs are friendly and the housing is affordable.

  69. Bart Nov 24, 2010 7:48 PM

    haha, great article. Funny reactions too. People can be really hurt by telling them their city is boring.

  70. jay Nov 24, 2010 11:02 PM

    trying living in spain, malaga... i'd choose houston anyday!

  71. J123 Nov 25, 2010 12:58 AM

    I was born and raised in Houston and came back for a few years after college before leaving for good. I have to agree, Houston is probably one of the most boring 'major' cities in the US. Sure, there's a lot more to do there than in a rural area, small town, or even cities that most people don't consider major cities (i.e Omaha, Oklahoma City, Jacksonville). But the point is, Houston is one of the most boring 'major' cities in the US. Other cities that I would put in that running are Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Detroit. All cities that may be perfectly ok for living in, but no one would travel to any of them for vacation unless they lived nearby or were going to visit family. If you are still defending Houston based on it's museums and theatre, think about this... When was the last time you planned a vacation to Detroit to see the Detroit museums or the Detroit Opera, both of which are good?

  72. Caliguy Nov 25, 2010 3:02 AM

    Never been to Houston, but you guys should give it a break. Agree with John's post above, Omaha, NE is one boring city, deserving of a top spot on the list. Before I start, I have to say, the people there are the nicest, most genuine you could ever meet. But... man does that city lack any personality. Lived there for over a year and got so bored that I quit my job and left!

  73. Headbanger Nov 26, 2010 11:49 PM

    hey, Guys!!! I think you've already listed all the cities around the world :D :D :D

  74. nicholas678 Dec 3, 2010 8:08 AM

    uhm what the heck? how is houston boring? how is wellington boring? how is olso boring? how is all those other cities boring... so thank you, whoever wrote this for convincing me to go to all these places... and by the way SINGAPORE IS MOST DEFINATELY NOT BORING.!

  75. Lili Dec 5, 2010 1:14 AM

    Houston...yes it is boring to death. You have to see others cities and compare. No access to any european...no good movies from Europe if they ever bring any. Not real Spanish or Greek restaurants...All mixed up with Tex-Mex flavors. Not bad, but I wished there was something really original. No subway to travel long distances. No way to walk downtown without getting bored of the streets and homeless people. The beaches? Galveston? no thanks. Pollution. Clubs and bars? ehmm I can count a few of them that are decent. Same all same all. Music? All radio stations play the same...nothing that is not American, barely reaches the stations. I guess someday those things will get better. Let's hope. I guess it has good museums.

  76. Lena Dec 6, 2010 4:49 PM

    I totally disagree with this list. You have put some amazing cities on this list and it is ridiculous. Singapore, Houston, Brussels, Zurich, why? I can think of cities that are way more boring like Ottawa, the capital Canada. I was born there and let me tell you it is the sorriest excuse for a city I have ever seen. You need to re-evaluate this list. You have no idea what you are talking about.

  77. That Guy Dec 9, 2010 9:32 AM

    Man, if you're coming to Houston and listening to the radio for music or watching some kind of entertainment on television? You're doing it wrong. Get out, find a concert, get to it. Rice Village, Improv, House of Blues, the Big Easy, Lola, SuperHappyFunLand, Summerfests, etc. The city is extremely diverse and I see all kinds of people everyday most of which I find to be very interesting to hang out with at either a restaurant, a park, some random shop, a place in the middle of nowhere.
    The thing that does suck though - air sucks, I prefer San Antonio or Austin when it comes to safety, not having to drive anywhere to get far, if you're low on cash it definitely limits your travel

  78. U.S. traveler Dec 10, 2010 2:47 PM

    Yes, it is boring and doesn't have that "cool" vibe. It may be seen thru rose-colored glasses to those that haven't traveled much or at all. The infrastructure is awful. Population-wise, taking in the burbs, it ranks as 4th on some lists; that's its claim to fame.

  79. laxbro Dec 23, 2010 6:04 AM

    does imouttahere live in the ghetto or something? Houston is full of trees and rice village is a shit-hole compared to memorial and tanglewood

  80. worldlyman Dec 23, 2010 10:03 AM

    All the stupid posters slamming Houston are the types who need to have a "vibrant" this or that type of Times Square (or some such strips)...they have no clue how to find cool stuff in a city that is structured differently than older traditional cities.

    They're so brain-dead they want all the fun stuff in one convenient "vibrant" centralized, dense area. They need to be spoon-fed. I guess if that's your handicap, so be it...but that's no reason to slam Houston.

    Houston is FULL of diverse, interesting, and varied VIBRANT micro-environments. There is no one huge focus for entertainment in the sprawling Houston area. But there are PLENTY of differing centers that offer lots of entertainment, dining and shopping.

    Everything from skyscraper backdrops to converted Victorian mini-mansions to seaside cottages! What city can give all that?

    Rice Village DOES, as an example, have sidewalks, contrary to the blind idiot who said otherwise. It is BUT one area of entertainment options in Houston, not an end all. There are a LOT of people who shop and party there. These clueless retards will never "get" Houston.

    There's classic urban nightlife in downtown Houston, from House of Blues to No-Tsu-Oh to Flying Saucer to Dean's Credit to Toc Club among many others.

    There's funky dive bars and coffee houses in the Montrose. Everything from Poison Girl to Boheme Bar to the awesome legend Numbers.

    There's the wide open clubs and bars on Washington Avenue.

    Midtown Houston has a motley but VERY VARIED collection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

    There's the funky bar crawl of the Kemah Lighthouse District.

    Richmond Avenue has the best collection of huge patio bars in any city I've been to!

    Geez. That's boring? Just because they're not in one big location? Screw that. I like geographic variety.

    Las Vegas? It's good for a 3 day casino blow job...but what about living there? Does it offer the arts and diversity of Houston? Hell no!

    How's that for perspective? No, I would not trade Houston for grubby overcrowded, overpriced s--tholes like Los Angeles.

    The idiots who put Houston on that list are shallow Grade A Entertainment Weekly-branded idiots!

  81. Jamie Dec 26, 2010 8:52 AM

    Singapore is horrifically boring. The first trip may not be as there are a few things to see but in subsequent visits you see just how boring the city and people are. The most repetitive and limited place to visit in the world. Thankfully most foreigners who live there can leave every weekend due to its proximity to non-boring places.

  82. louis Dec 26, 2010 2:48 PM

    this is utter bollocks!

    i'm in plymouth, devon right now.

    i would give my right leg to be in any of those cities

  83. peter Jan 1, 2011 1:14 AM

    for sure any city of switzerland is the most boring on earth and zurich and geneva are not the worth swiss cities other cities like capital bern o arrau are even worth,swiss people are just robotic people without feelings and soul,they are totaly introverted boring and unfriendly.
    better avoid switzerland.

  84. nycman Jan 6, 2011 11:52 PM

    This is a good article. It took some courage to pick the cities. You have to pick from a list of big cities so your guaranteed to offend some people. Most of those offended probably don't get it or haven't traveled that much. I used to live in Cincinnati and people would get offended when I said it was a boring city. Who were they kidding? Can you really compare Houston with New York? Brussels with Prague? Singapore with Hong Kong? How many moves are set in these boring cities? Every place has a list of things you could do to keep yourself busy. Doesn't mean they are not boring.

  85. John Jan 10, 2011 3:30 AM

    best city is Jerusalem ! nice weather no humidity all year!

  86. quest Jan 17, 2011 8:43 PM

    There's not much question about it. Tony, I agree. Perth is the most boring city I've been to.

  87. chris Jan 27, 2011 9:37 PM

    Worldlyman said it the best!! I was raised in Houston, but live in NYC. Houston I think has lots of things to do, you just have to look for it.. its not going to fall in your lap in this city. Downtown at night is fun, and many tucked away bars, rest, coffeeshops, and edgy places to shop in the Montrose. All you have to do is look of it..inside the 610 loop of course.

    Yeah summer's suck, thats when you leave on vacation, there's nothing better than walking around in January in a T-shirt, or having the top down on the convertable in December.

    I wouldn't put Houston on this list for major cities.

  88. Ashley Jan 29, 2011 11:46 AM

    c'mon! I I've been to Bratislava to see my friend and it was pretty cool :) summer time n parties

  89. Headbanger Jan 31, 2011 11:20 PM

    To my great astonishment, Reykjavik isn't mentioned above.why? I think it's the most boring capital in the world

  90. matt Feb 2, 2011 9:45 AM

    You forgot Frankfurt
    Possibly the most boring city in the entire western world. I challenge anyone to find a large city that is more gray, quiet, unfriendly, ugly, serious and totally devoid of fun.

  91. Tired of Norway Feb 3, 2011 11:11 PM

    Having been to all of these cities, I couldn't agree more but Oslo should be higher on the list. You forgot to mention Norwegians, who might the be the most boring people on Earth. Their capital clearly reflects that. What a snooze fest!

  92. Emily Feb 5, 2011 10:46 AM

    I was raised in Houston, and while I'd agree it's pretty boring, it certainly doesn't deserve to be on this list. It does have amazing restaurants and cultural opportunities (the Holocaust Museum is incredible and truly haunting, the Menil has some great exhibits, and the Houston Symphony is quality), and if you have access to a car, then Kemah, Clear Lake, and Galveston make for a good day out. There are good bars and clubs downtown, too. But my major issue is with some idiot (Imouttahere, I think?) who heaped all of Texas into the same category of hot, humid, business-oriented, and boring. Ever been to Austin, you neophyte? Spend a week here, and then reassess. And for the record, I've lived in London for six years, so I do know what it's like to live in a 'non-boring' city--Austin is still brilliant!

  93. SteRetardi ? Feb 14, 2011 1:21 PM

    it is pretty shitty comparing several milions Budapest, Cracow and Prague with 500k Bratislava.

  94. Amateo Feb 14, 2011 2:38 PM

    Zurich - I fully agree

    Bratislava - I disagree. The nightlife is pretty good for such small city (prices are really low) ;-) and there is enought Hotels/Motels/Botels/Pensions etc. for tourists.

  95. Edo Feb 14, 2011 2:53 PM

    I visited most of cities ranked above - and strongle disagree with such evaluation. Many of critiques look like written by semiblind visitors unable to explore beauty of the place or by people who did not visit those places at all...

  96. Andrey Feb 14, 2011 4:01 PM

    Bratislava is really boring - agreed

  97. squee Feb 14, 2011 4:20 PM

    One of the best czech writers and journalists, Karel Čapek wrote: "There are no small and big nexuses (hope i used the proper word). There are just small and big personalities... This can be applied here, if you are a boring person, no city can help you...

  98. Martina Feb 14, 2011 8:02 PM

    Bratislava is great so shut the f*ck up!

  99. Melania Feb 14, 2011 9:34 PM

    Just to summarize previous comments. Yes I definitely agree that it's not accurate to compare big Prague, Budapest with Bratislava which is less than half of their size. However Bratislava can also compete with these and other cities and offer a pleasant and exciting visit. For party people> in Bratislava,people dance, don't just stay around with one expensive beer the entire night. International students call it Partyslava, for some reason I believe. For example for prize of 1 beer in Oslo you can get 2- 3 cocktails (with real alcohol, not just flavor and ice). So I wouldn't be much worried about nightlife, just go to pub /cafe, talk to locals and they will take you gladly to some pulsing place of you taste almost any day of a week.
    Well if you prefer spending whole day in typical tourist cities like Prague for ex. being squeezed in crowds of tourists and hardly meeting locals in the city center then don't go to Bratislava, because in this way it is very different And I hope it will stay that way for some time. You can come to Bratislava which has much longer summers, with cozy atmosphere in cafes occupied by many locals, who like to gather together during the day, while making their plans for night or on the other hand, more artistic people will persuade you that there is really culture to see and experience.
    Slovaks like to do sports. Long summers and warm spring offer nice conditions for biking, jogging, volleyball, roller-blading, wake-boarding, canoing, rafting...
    Well I could continue forever... I can say I really miss Bratislava, now I am in Oslo and can't really effort (like not many young Norwegians) to go out and drink in a bar. So I am forced to follow the others in drinking as much as possible in 2-3 hours before we move to bars, which at late time have long long waiting lines. So many times money given for the extremely expensive bottle of wine are thrown away because we get in later than 1 hour before they close which is max at 3am. have I mentioned that in Bratislava one can party till morning...

    yes, and with no light in Oslo...if you are weather sensitive and sun lover expect depression, not only once.

  100. Peter Kraus Feb 14, 2011 11:49 PM

    I'm from Bratislava, but what got me about this article was Brussels. Dude, have you even been to the city? And by "the city" I don't mean the business / politics / management part on the east, I mean the actual historical city with all its churches, chip shops, beer, flea markets and stuff.

    No more boring than Prague. Or Vienna.

  101. Name: Apr 24, 2014 3:31 PM

FEEDBACK