Boston is not your typical American city. The metropolis on the Charles River is actually known as the secret capital of New England, and it’s evident everywhere.

Beautiful buildings, historic suburbs, and everywhere a European flair. Strolling through areas like Beacon Hill, you’ll be amazed by the fabulous, picturesque buildings. The city represents history, politics, culture and education. The Boston Tea Party took place here in 1773, an act of resistance against British colonial policy. A piece of American history was written in the Old South Meeting House, which is open to visitors today. Harvard University in Cambridge near Boston is America’s oldest university. And finally, many banks and insurance companies are based here.

The metropolis is one of the oldest and wealthiest cities in the USA. People travel to Boston to experience history and visit museums such as the John F. Kennedy Museum & Library. And not be able to get enough of its architectural beauties. Something else that is not typically American: the city can be explored on foot. And finally, it has fabulous shopping, for instance at Faneuil Hall, and wonderful seafood.

City Facts

  • Location

    Boston is in the north-east of the United States and is the capital of the state of Massachusetts.

  • Population


  • Size

    232.1 km²

  • Public transport

    The “Twist” is Boston’s subway system, and the city also has a well-developed bus network.

  • Climate

    The weather in Boston is very changeable. It can be hot and tropically humid in summer, while the winters can be wet and have lots of snow.

  • Best time to visit

    Spring and autumn

  • Good to know

    The “Go Boston Card” provides the holder with access to all the city’s sights at a reduced fixed price. Boston is also the only major city in the USA that can easily be explored on foot.

  • Nice to know

    The city was made famous by the Boston Tea Party on 16 December, 1773. The Boston Tea Party was the climax of a long-lasting dispute between the 13 Colonies, British Colonies on the Atlantic Coast of North America, and Great Britain, the mother country.

  • Airport

    Boston Logan International Airport, approx. 15 km from the city centre.

  • Bus

    The journey time on the MBTA Silver Line to the city centre is 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Railway

    The MBTA Subway travels to the city centre in 30 to 40 minutes.

  • Taxi

    The travel time to the city centre by taxi is 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the traffic.