Top 10 sporting cities: Hotels.com

The Berlin Marathon (AFP PHOTO DDP/RONNY HARTMANN)

The Berlin Marathon (AFP PHOTO DDP/RONNY HARTMANN)

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European cities have scored big on a newly released index of the best sports cities in the world, taking six of the top 10 spots.

Topping the leaderboard is Berlin, for what Hotels.com says is its thriving sports scene, with activities like biking, swimming and football offered year round.

Compiled by the online booking site, the list is weighted as much for its sports offerings as a city's hotel price points.

The average hotel price in Berlin is €85, the cheapest of the bunch.

Dublin comes in at second place for the city's love of rugby and is followed by a quartet of European cities -- Manchester, Rome, Barcelona and London -- for staging large scale football games for their legions of hardcore fans.

Australian cities Melbourne and Sydney also landed spots on the top 10 list, while the only US city to be mentioned is Boston, fresh off the heels of hosting the marathon this week.

And with just two months to go before hosting the World Cup games, Rio de Janeiro got an honorable mention in tenth spot.

Earlier this month, SportsBusiness named London the Ultimate Sports City 2014, a ranking that looks at the world's best cities for hosting sporting events. The award comes after the British capital successfully hosted the 2012 Olympic games.

Here are the top 10 sporting cities according to Hotels.com

  1. Berlin €85
  2. Dublin €88
  3. Manchester €91
  4. Melbourne €106
  5. Rome €112
  6. Barcelona €144
  7. Sydney €136
  8. London €143
  9. Boston €159
  10. Rio de Janeiro €194

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