Bloggers, travellers and Lonely Planet employees alike compile the destination lists based on their own experiences. Their choices tend to have a fair amount of sway when deciding which city, country or region becomes the next big thing.
The list of the top 10 cities for 2018 tries to feature cities which aren't given the attention they deserve or which have undergone radical change recently - and Hamburg is no exception to this pattern.
On the company's website, the Lonely Planet praises the city's new concert hall, saying that the "stunning new €790 million Elbphilharmonie concert hall was worth every extra year of delay."
The city's famous nightlife and bar scene are also given an honourable mention, as the site applauds the "three-season riverfront beach bars, nightlife that’s among Europe’s best, and low-rise charms that reward wanderers who use the city’s dozens of old steeples as compass points."