Rome was built on seven hills, San Francisco – the city of St. Francis on six times as many, exactly 42. Can that be a coincidence? After all, anyone who has seen the movie “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“ knows that the number 42 is the answer to the question of the meaning of life. Whether you believe in numerology or not, is secondary. In any case, with its sights and unique cosmopolitan culture, the Flower Power metropolis has what it takes to be the answer to any questions. So, join us on an unforgettable adventure that will take you to the Golden Gate Bridge, the gruelling prison island of Alcatraz, the bustling China Town and deep into the legendary nightlife of Fog City.
When you are traveling to San Francisco, you are usually greeted by the legendary fog, from which emerge out the 224-metres-high signal red pillars of the Golden Gate Bridge. The perfect place to enjoy this postcard backdrop are the Twin Peaks summits, which offer breath-taking 360-degrees views over the Pacific Ocean, bay, skyline and Golden Gate Bridge. And those who are on the legendary bridge have to take some photos there as well. While the Battery Spencer is probably the most classic of all photo spots, the Baker Beach is a dream backdrop, especially at sunset.
A journey through a cosmopolitan city of superlatives
After the photo session, you can take the panoramic footpath of the Golden Gate Bridge to the City, where the famous cable cars await with the next attraction. After all, what is more typical than exploring the steep streets of San Francisco with the cable cars that have been in operation since 1873? A stop on Lombard Street should not be missed, as the serpentine road is one of the city's hot spots thanks to its countless appearances in film, television and video games. Somewhat less touristy is the 31.5 percent slope second-lowest street in the world on Russian Hill, which invites you to take all sort of funny pictures.
Through the „Dragon Gate“ you will enter the largest China Town outside of Asia, which has 80,000 inhabitants, and dive into the fascinating world of the Far East. From China Town, you can head to the cosmopolitan melting pot of Fog City, the Fisherman's Wharf neighbourhood, where you can either relax on the promenade, admire artists, or be drawn by a talented artist. Not to be missed here is a visit to Pier 39, which has become home to several seals, which bask on the piers quite unabashedly in the sun.
With over 50 museums on various topics, San Francisco presents itself as a paradise for culture lovers. Especially families can look forward to the Walt Disney Family Museum on Montgomery Street, where you can immerse into the world of the legendary film producer. No less imaginative, however, is the Exploratorium, which invites with numerous hands-on to technical and scientific experiments. But lovers of classical museums are in Fog City in a true Eldorado, because with the California Academy of Sciences, the Legion of Honour Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, there is something for every taste.
Visit "The Rock" and Angel Island
Whether "The Rock", "Dirty Harry" or "X-Men", the prison island of Alcatraz, located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, has been the location for several films. Pay a visit to this legendary place, where gangster like "Al Capone" and "MachineGun Kelly" roast in sinister cells and plotted escape plans. A tour through the cell blocks is a lasting experience which already casts its shadow during the 20-minute crossing from Fisherman's Wharf. Tours to Alcatraz, however, should be booked as far in advance as possible, as there are hardly any tickets available at short notice.
Those who decide to take a trip at short notice, can book a combined ticket on site. This takes you as part of a single tour not only to Alcatraz, but also to the uninhabited Angel Island. The island has been a nature reserve for decades and offers from its more than 200 meters high summit a breath-taking view over the prison island and the skyline of San Francisco.
"The Sound of San Francisco"
Admit it, you have been waiting for this joke. And there is no reason not to grip the box, because the "Sound of San Francisco" is as diverse as in any other city on the globe. In the city's nightlife lovers of hard guitar riffs can get their money's worth as well as electronic beats lovers and jazz connoisseurs. In addition to the legendary Rock Palace "The Fillmore", the best places in the city include the "Holy Cow" on Folsom Street and the super club "Cat Club". Especially worthwhile is a trip to the "Punch Line Comedy Club", where greats like Whoppi Goldberg have their roots. However, the best place to review the many impressions of your San Francisco holiday is the „Mars Bar“ on Brannan Street.