Alamo Square is famous for the "Painted Ladies" as the colourful Victorian homes that line the park are also called. The view from Alamo Square in San Francisco is one of the most popular motifs of the city and a great place to enjoy the beauty of the City.
The first Cable Car Line went into operation in 1873. During the earthquake of 1906, all Cabel Car Lines were destroyed. Later Cabel Cars where replaced by trams and busses, only on steep trails the Cabel Car remaind. In 1947 operation should end, but a referendum rescued the Cable Cars of San Francisco.
The Lombard Street on Russian Hill had a downhill grade of 27%. In 1923 the street was converted into the most twisting road in the world. The free edges of the curves were planted with flowers, this added the title of the most beautiful street of San Francisco.
Many Chinese people came to America around 1850, for the construction of the railway and the gold rush. San Francisco was the largest port on the Pacific Ocean, creating one of the largest Chinese communities in the United States. Today "China Town" is a major tourist attraction of San Francisco, with many shops and restaurants.
The road network of San Francisco was thrown over the topography like a grid. This resulted in extremely steep roads. The steepest street is Filbert Street, with 31%. In the photo you can see Hyde Street with a view towards the harbor.
Lillie Hitchcock Coit donated a high amount of money to make San Francisco more beautiful, after her death in 1929. The 64 m high observation tower named after her, was built on Telegraph Hill in 1934. From Coit Tower you will have the most beautiful view of San Francisco and the Bay Area.
The "Hippie district" was world famous for the "Summer of Love" in 1967. The musicians of Jefferson Airplane, Greatful Dead, Janis Joplin and many more lived here. Today the area around the Haight / Ashbury intersection is still an alternative district with many street festivals and hippie culture stores, even if the Generation of the "Flower Power" slowly disappears.
"The Castro" is the center of the gay and lesbian scene of San Francisco. Since 1967, the district has become a meeting point for homosexuals and trend-setters. Many good restaurants, bars and shops make the district interesting for anyone who is not homophobic.
The "Mission District" is an urban district with street art on the walls and many small cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. The lively neighborhood still has the harsh charm that "Haight/Ashbury" has already lost.
Welcome to San Francisco
The Bay of San Francisco served as a mission and military base for the Spaniards from 1777 onwards. After the independence from Spain, the city belonged to Mexico. After the "Mexican-American War" in 1848, California became part of the USA.
Today, San Francisco is known for its easy-going West Coast mentality, the "Flower Power" and the "Summer of Love". In the nearby "Silicon Valley" almost all major Internet giants have their HQ's, like Google, Oracle, Apple, eBay, Amazon and Facebook.
Most famous Landmarks of San Francisco are the "Golden Gate Bridge" and the "Cable Cars".