MONA Opening
Attraction ... MONA on the banks of the River Derwent. 

HOBART has been christened a funky cultural hub by travel bible Lonely Planet, which has named the city one of the 10 best in the world to visit in 2013.

The Tasmanian capital's $180 million Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has proved a beacon for international attention and is largely the reason for the listing in seventh place, Lonely Planet's Chris Zeiher said.
''Particularly for international travellers, [the question] is what's the big-hitter thing to come and actually see,'' Mr Zeiher said.

''So for people to be able to experience that massive thing in the first instance, they can then obviously experience all the things that Hobart has to offer.''