09 March 2019 12:00

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Organisers have planned more than 500 events throughout the city and its region, including concerts, open-air theatre performances and street-food fairs. Wildly innovative buildings have sprouted on its shores, including the Utzon Centre, designed by Jorn Utzon, the architect of the Sydney Opera House – its new exhibition series on inspiring Nordic architects, runs through May. The curvilinear concert hall Musikkens Hus was recently followed by the vibrant Aalborg Street Food market; the pedestrian and cycling Culture Bridge; and the undulating Vestre Fjordpark, with an open-air swimming pool that meets the sea. David Farley Getty/iStock 12/52 Williamsburg, Virginia: The cradle of American democracy reflects on its past In 1619, the area that includes the Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg and Yorktown was home to some of the most significant events in American history: the official arrival of the first African slaves to North America, the convening of the first representative assembly in America and the first recorded proclamation of Thanksgiving in the New World. Sheila Marikar Getty/iStock 14/52 Salvador, Brazil: The country's original capital gets a makeover After completing a five-year historical preservation initiative to save its Unesco designation, Salvador, with its sherbet-coloured colonial facades, cobblestone streets and beaches, is gleaming. Nora Walsh Getty 15/52 Danang, Vietnam: A spot for foodies and beachgoers Vietnam's third largest city, is known for being a gateway to the nearby Unesco Heritage town of Hoi An. But it's begun to develop a reputation as the Miami of Vietnam, with a strong foodie scene and new hotels and resorts popping up on a five-mile beach strip.

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Nora Walsh Getty/iStock 18/52 Puglia, Italy: Baroque architecture and Adriatic beaches in Italy's heel The ancient fortified farmhouses called masserie, found only in the region of Puglia, are increasingly being turned into boutique hotels, most notably Rocco Forte's Masseria Torre Maizza, and the 17th century Castello di Ugento, where guests can take cooking classes at the Puglia Culinary Centre. And the region's 1,000-year-old wine culture, which began when the Greeks planted vines from their land across the Adriatic, is attracting more oenophiles to the area, including the owners of the London restaurant Bocca di Lupo, who recently bought a 600-acre estate in Salento called Tormaresca, where tastings are offered to visitors (you can also dine in their new restaurant in the town of Lecce). And it's not just about winter sports: there is excellent hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and fly-fishing, while beyond the Tatras, Kosice, a regional capital, offers colourful street art and plenty of cafes and restaurants, thanks to its three universities and associated night life. Evan Rail Getty/iStock 20/52 Calgary, Alberta: A spectacular library adds to a once-neglected neighbourhood Calgary's new Central Library, from the architectural firm Snohetta, creates not just a design destination, with daily tours, but also a gateway in the form of an arched cedar-clad passageway linking downtown to the city's evolving East Village, a booming neighbourhood where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet. Steven Lee Myers Getty/iStock 22/52 Huntsville, Alabama: Time to party like it's 1969 The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing will draw crowds to Huntsville – aka Rocket City – home of the Marshall Space Flight Centre, where the spacecraft that launched astronauts to the moon were developed.

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Besha Rodell Getty/iStock 30/52 Frisian Islands and Wadden Sea: Oysters, seals, birds and dark skies on Europe's wild left coast Europe's windswept Frisian Islands are shared by Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands and linked by the Wadden Sea. Holland's Lauwersmeer National Park offers dark-sky safaris and will open a seal rescue centre in 2019 that lets visitors rehabilitate and release two native seal species. Debra Kamin Getty/iStock 39/52 Marseille, France: An influx of young creatives gives the city a new edge Six years after Marseille was named European Capital of Culture in 2013, the city's renewal is still galloping along.