More than 4 million people cast votes to determine the “properties” for the latest Monopoly Here & Now: World Edition, now on store shelves. Since the game is based on visiting as many cities as possible -- the winner is the first one to fill their passport -- we decided to take a look at the new destinations and pick five we’d really love to land on.
In real life, you can’t land via flight in Giethoorn -- or drive through the canal-based village, for that matter. Getting to most places in the “Venice of the North” requires a boat, but you can easily rent one when you get there. Most visitors spend their time on the waterways admiring the thatched roof homes, some of which can only be accessed by that aforementioned boat, and the more than 150 wooden bridges that make foot and bicycle traffic possible. Break for lunch or dinner at one of the canal-side restaurants or spend some time in one of three museums in town (one dedicated to farming, another to cars, and the third to gems).
Visitors to Poland usually choose Krakow over Warsaw -- and that’s too bad. Warsaw is full of culture and history. Stroll through the halls where princes and kings once roamed while touring the city’s royal residences. Or spend a day visiting the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Warsaw Rising Museum (dedicated to those who rebelled against Soviet rule), or the Chopin Museum. The famous composer lived in Warsaw for the first half of his life, and, beyond the museum, you can visit his old haunts in the city.
Queenstown, New Zealand
It seems somehow fitting that Queenstown, the birthplace of bungee jumping, is represented in a game of chance. Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by majestic mountains, it’s a favorite destination for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies. In addition to the bungee jumping, you can also river surf, fox fly, raft the rapids, parasail, and shoot through narrow canyons on a jet boat. Looking for something a little tamer? Try hiking, biking, fishing, and, in winter, skiing. And there's always sampling wines from the more than 200 wineries nearby.
The capital of Chile is known as one of the most business-friendly destinations in South America, but we love Santiago for the charm of its cobbled streets in the older barrios, its museums and ornate churches downtown, and its many public parks, including Parque Metropolitano. Santiago also makes a great starting point for daytrips to the country’s wineries and vineyards -- as well as Andean ski resorts in the winter and beaches along the Pacific Ocean in the summer.
What’s not to love about Lisbon? The port city boasts sunny beaches and two World Heritage Sites, the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower, as well as art galleries and interesting museums -- like the National Tile Museum that showcases the country’s beautiful painted tilework. Another great reason to visit Lisbon is its nightlife. The Bairro Alto quarter has an eclectic mix of hip, quirky, and laidback venues that stay open to at least 2 a.m. If you want to party until sunrise, head to the Santos district.