Off to the Golden Gate Bridge


The Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco what the Statue of Liberty is to New York, and what Hollywood is to Los Angeles. Quite possibly the most beautiful suspension bridge in the world – which, by the way, just celebrated its 80th birthday – it is the true hallmark of this Pacific metropolis. Whether it can be seen from afar or is shrouded in mist, the Golden Gate Bridge is something that ideally everyone should get to both see and walk across. Note that visitors can get the best view of this architectural masterpiece from the Marin Headlands, which lie north of the city. Now you can fly directly from Berlin to San Francisco, since airberlin will be offering non-stop flights four times a week from Berlin Tegel to the west coast of the US.

The City of 42 Hills

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Golden Gate Bridge in the fog
  • Cable cars in San Francisco
  • Cable cars in San Francisco
  • Painted Ladies Alamo Square
  • Fishermans Wharf

There are many great ways to explore the centre of San Francisco: you can go on foot, on hop-on-hop-off buses, or by other forms of public transport such as the famous cable cars. The cable cars are not just an attraction in their own right: they save visitors to this hilly city from the otherwise very fatiguing ups and downs of the roads, which are often pretty steep. Give yourself a day or two and you’ll be able to see most of the main tourist attractions: Union Square, Lombard Street (known for its meandering, rollercoaster-like feel), Alamo Square (who hasn’t seen those pretty, postcard-ready houses lovingly known as the Painted Ladies?), Coit Tower (for the best view of San Francisco), Chinatown (accessible via the well-known Dragon Gate), Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 (with its fairs and its colony of sea lions) or a view of the former high-security prison at Alcatraz. If you’re staying for longer, you’ll be able to experience even more of San Francisco, the city built on 42 different hills. This might include enjoying the artistic and cultural scene, or perhaps visiting the various districts and parks.

Discover California

  • Redwood
  • Redwood
  • Yosemite
  • Yosemite

San Francisco is a perfect starting-point for a tour of California. Landmarks within easy reach include: numerous national parks (such as the Redwood National and State Parks, with their gigantic sequoia, or Yosemite National Park), picturesque locations by the Pacific, and Silicon Valley.

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