In Pictures: From Berlin to New York, 25 Cities Millennials Love

Here are 25 cities that are the most popular with millennials—people born between 1981 and 1996. This list is based on several criteria, including employment, housing, internet speed and health.Guiseppe Milo/Flickr
Madrid has the third largest population in the European Union. As of 2015, an estimated 3.1 million people lived in the capital. Massimo Frasson/Flickr

Millennials—those born between 1981 and 1996—represent a sizeable portion of the world population. They're digitally native, educated and well-traveled. As this population is significantly less likely to be married compared to their grandparents' generation, they are often uninhibited by constraints of a "traditional" life of family, work and children. 

That can translate to more time to explore the world. 

Nestpick identified the best cities for millennial travelers as those with good internet connectivity (perfect for remote workers), nightlife, gender equality and a startup ecosystem, among other factors. 

“Millennials grew up in a shrinking world, where the internet opened doors their parents never could have dreamed of, and budget airlines made those avenues real possibilities. It’s now possible to live and work anywhere in the world, and these opportunities are shaping how our planet will look to future generations,” Nestpick Managing Director Ömer Kücükdere said of the company's 2018 rankings.

Tech-forward, radical and dynamic cities such as Austin, San Francisco, New York and Madrid all top the list of happening and desirable places for the millennial generation.

About 88 percent of millennials live in metro areas, Pew Research Center reported, and dense cities make up the majority of the best-of ranking. However, more members of this generation live with their parents for longer and are less likely to move. While much of this stay-put attitude comes from poor job opportunities and soaring student debt, some millennials have seen this as an opportunity as an opportunity to travel.

Further, the generation is known by travel professionals for placing a high emphasis on being unique.

"Millennial travelers are looking for transformational experiences while they travel, even if it’s only during a seven to 14-day trip. This is demonstrated by the growth in adventure travel," Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection President Dean Sivley told Forbes.  

Further, a 2017 survey by Realty Mogul found that millennials would rather travel than buy a home. Forty-seven percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 would prefer to spend money on vacation instead of purchasing a home. Twenty-six percent of those ages 45 and older said the same.

There are 20 museums and art galleries in Glasgow, which boasts the largest civic arts collection in Europe.Creative Commons CC0
Lisbon rolls hard. The city has seven hills: Castelo, São Vicente, São Roque, Santo André, Santa Catarina, Chagas and Sant’Ana.Creative Commons CC0
Munich has several of the largest breweries in Germany and is famous for its annual Oktoberfest celebration.Creative Commons CC0
More than 70 percent of the population in Miami, Florida, is Hispanic/Latino.Creative Commons CC0
There are 450 parks and gardens across Paris' more than 1,200 acres.Creative Commons CC0
Austin, Texas is home to 1.5 million bats, which emerge just before sunset every day from March to October.Creative Commons CC0
Both fortune cookies and Irish coffees were invented in San Francisco, a popular culinary destination.Creative Commons CC0
Bristol was voted named as one of the 10 happiest cities to work in the U.K. by The Guardian.Paul Townsend/Flickr
Hamburg, Germany, has between 2,300 and 2,500 bridges—more than any other city in the world.Creative Commons CC0
Manchester, U.K. was the birthplace of vegetarianism, following a sermon in 1809. Keith Byers/Flickr
A visit to Cologne, Germany isn't complete without a boat trip on the Rhine, where you can take in a view of Old Town. Creative Commons CC0
The sprawling metropolis of New York City is home to hundreds of ethnicities, millions of bars and restaurants, and some of the most famous architecture in the country. Creative Commons CC0