The first thing that comes to mind when you think about San Francisco is the Golden Gate Bridge. It is world-famous and one of the most photographed objects. But San Francisco has so much more to offer. Cable cars, Victorian wooden houses, Alcatraz, Fishermans Wharf, Lombard Street and many other sights attract visitors. San Francisco is a city with a very special flair.
After two days in different national parks I was really happy that I went to a city again this time. I have to admit that I am a total city child and just feel more comfortable there. As much as I enjoy nature and the peace in between, I am very happy about a little hustle and bustle and the people around me. We started our day in San Francisco with a city tour and then walked the whole day through the city.
San Francisco is located on the west coast of the USA in the state of California. With about 805,200 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest city in California. The climate in San Francisco is strongly influenced by its location on the Pacific coast. Especially due to the cold Californian Current coming from the north. The average daytime temperatures are between 10 and 15 degrees. The maximum temperature in summer is about 25 degrees, so in general a rather milder climate and due to the constant light wind you should always bring a jacket with you. San Francisco is a city in which one can also see and experience a lot on one single day. As the different sightseeings are very easy to reach, one can comfortably walk through the city all day long.
Fishermans Wharf is a harbour district in the northeast of San Francisco. Here you will find many restaurants known for their seafood specialties. Fishermans Wharf is the number one tourist destination, which is why there are many large hotels in the area. Pier 39 is part of the harbour district and houses over 110 shops, a carnival and some restaurants. The pier consists of a wooden footbridge and also the shops are all made of wood. Here you also get the famous mussel soup, which you have to try. It is served in a bread pot and is poured again and again until one has enough.
The sea lions
The main attraction of Pier 39 are the world famous sea lions. The sea lion colony settled on the piers in 1989. The population quickly grew to over 1000 animals. It led to the fact that the dock for the boat traffic was closed and left to the animals. The sea lions pressed through the high weight of up to 450 kg per animal, the jetty under water and the wood began to rot. In 1995 the old footbridge was removed and replaced by resting areas for the animals.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is the landmark of San Francisco and for many a typical symbol of the USA. It is an architectural and structural masterpiece. At the beginning of the work, experts disputed whether it was possible to build what was then the longest suspension bridge ever. The tidal currents and the sea depth of 97 m made the work extremely difficult. The bridge was finally opened in 1937, after only 4 years of construction. The Golden Gate Bridge is 2.7 km long and 27.5 m wide and consists of six carriageways. The bridge can also be easily crossed on foot. One has a great view over San Francisco and Alcatraz. Unfortunately, the bridge is often used by people to kill themselves by jumping. Several telephones have been installed on the bridge to allow people at risk to contact professional help.
One of San Francisco’s most popular photo motifs is Lombard Street. Lombard Street is known as the most winding street in the world. With a gradient of 27%, it is one of the steepest streets in the city, which has become a problem for many pedestrians and cars. Therefore it was rebuilt into a serpentine shape. Along Lombard Street you will find many beautiful Victorian wooden houses.
The Cable Cars, a world famous landmark. Since 1873, public transport has been in use, and you can also use it standing on the running board. The cable cars provide, among other things, for the typical flair of San Francisco and a ride should be indulged. But if one wants to drive from the terminal station, one has to expect a half hour waiting time, as the rush is very big. As we didn’t have very good weather that day, there weren’t that many people on the way and we didn’t have to wait too long. The San Francisco Cable Cars are the only cable trams in the world with decouplable cars that are still in operation.
The Coit Tower is a 64 m high observation tower on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. From the tower you have a wonderful view over San Francisco and the Bay Bridge. We climbed the mountain on foot, which was quite exhausting at the end of the day. But the view made up for it.
San Francisco is a great city and there is a lot to explore. Unfortunately we had some bad luck with the weather that day and it was quite foggy, which you can easily see from the photos. There are very few fog-free days in San Francisco, but in the afternoon we were lucky enough to see the sun for a short time. So we could really enjoy the view from the Coit Tower. San Francisco has a very special flair that cannot be described, you simply have to experience it yourself.