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Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

  • Fisherman's Wharf

    Fish market
    Once upon a time, Fisherman’s Wharf was «only» San Francisco’s fish market. Today, along with the Golden Gate Bridge, it is one of the city’s most frequently visited tourist attractions. There is always plenty happening on Fisherman’s Wharf: street musicians and street artists perform to the best of their abilities. Restaurants and lots of little seafood stalls stand cheek-by-jowl, offering typical fish delicacies. Shrimps, prawns and crabs are especially popular, as is the fish chowder served in a hollowed-out sourdough loaf.
  • Cable Cars

    Must-drive
    One of the most typical sights in San Francisco, and you simply have to ride them at least once: the cable cars. They have been in operation for 134 years, and are listed on the USA’s National Register of Historic Places. If you haven’t travelled at least one of the three cable car routes, then you haven’t really been to San Francisco. The lines are the Powell-Hide line, the Powell-Mason line and the California St. line.
    1201 Mason Street
    San Francisco, California 94108
    sfcablecars.com
  • Wild SF Walking Tours

    Exploring with the locals
    Wild SF Tours probably provides the most unusual and coolest city tours in the whole of San Francisco. Young, local artists lead visitors through the most happening parts of the city, revealing the history of the former fishing village on the west coast. Tours are delivered with a good dose of wit and charm – guides have also be known to strum away on their guitar on occasions, too. At the end of the tour, participants simply pay what they consider it was worth. A concept that's as unconventional as San Francisco itself!
    479 14th Street, Suite A
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    +1 415 580 1849
    wildsftours.com
  • Golden Gate Bridge

    Wonder of the world
    There it stands, majestic and impressive in its bright orange «dress», at the entrance to the Bay of San Francisco: the Golden Gate Bridge. It measures 2.7 km in length, and for over 70 years has connected the city of San Francisco with Marin County to the north. It is the landmark of the city, one of the most famous bridges in the world, and has even been called one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Crossing it on foot is a truly amazing experience.
    Golden Gate Bridge
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    goldengatebridge.org
  • Open Swing Dancing

    A groovy swing in the park
    What's the best reason to go out for a Sunday stroll? The Open Swing Party in the Golden Gate Park, without a doubt. This unique outdoor dance event is held every Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Young and old alike can swing their hips to the rhythm of blues, jazz and swing, and there's a special introductory session at 12 noon for beginners. The whole spectacle is free and a real highlight.
    Along John F Kennedy Drive in the Golden Gate Park
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    lindyinthepark
  • Lombard Street

    So many bends
    This street is definitely not for learner drivers! Everyone should drive down it at least once in their lifetime. Lombard Street is often called the crookedest street in the world. It begins at the Presidio, and runs east through San Francisco, becoming Telegraph Hill and continuing to the Golden Gate Bridge. Most tourists will want to see – if not drive down – the steepest section, which is between Hyde Street and Leavenworth Street. In 1923, eight sharp turns (switchbacks) were constructed to reduce the hill’s natural 27 degree grade. Today, there are ten of these sharp turns. Steps have been added for pedestrians. Added bonus: if you drive down Lombard Street by car and then continue straight on up the hill, you will get to Coit Tower, one of the loveliest lookout points in San Francisco.
    Lombard Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Alcatraz

    Former prison
    Alcatraz Island, the former prison (1934-1963), is in the Bay of San Francisco, and is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations in the USA. Visitors to the prison can listen to original audio phone commentaries by former inmates. Al Capone (1934-1939) was probably the best-known inmate. The boat trip to the island – it goes under the Golden Gate Bridge – is also an unforgettable experience. The Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala named the island for the many pelican (“alcatraz» in Spanish) nests on it. A lighthouse was built in 1852 because of the many ship accidents that happened in the frequent fog, and it still dominates the image of the island today. The island, 500 metres long and 40 metres high, remains a bird sanctuary to this day.
  • Musée Mécanique

    Slot machine paradise
    Packed with nostalgia and forgotten childhood dreams. The Musée Mécanique is home to almost 300 slot machines and jukeboxes from all four corners of the world. Some of the machines on display are over 100 years old. The highlight here is that the machines are not just for admiring – they can be played with, too. All it takes is a few cents to bring these little gems back to life. And what's more, entrance is free!
    Pier 45 Shed A (direkt an der Fisherman’s Wharf)
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    +1 415 346 2000
    museemecanique.com
  • Flight 001

    Travel accessories
    This boutique in the middle of the pretty Hayes Valley shopping district is all about travelling in style and comfort. It has in-flight comfort kits, travel cosmetics, travel guides, luggage, packing aids, eye masks, anti-jetlag products, adapters – in short, just about everything necessary to make travelling pleasant and stylish. A must for great travellers.
    525 Hayes Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    +1 212 989 00 01
    flight001.com
  • Gumps

    High-end department store
    This high-end department store has been providing the people of San Francisco with furnishings, porcelain, trendy clothing, jewellery and bathroom items since 1861. To this day, the offer speaks of the establishment’s excellent taste – it even sells antiques. A treasure trove of rare cosmetic and fashion labels, lifestyle accessories and much more.
    135 Post Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    +1 415 982 16 16
    gumps.com
  • Red Blossom Tea Company

    Tea paradise
    The minimalist oasis among the colourful bustle of Chinatown offers the finest Chinese teas – white ones, green ones, black ones, oolongs and pu-erhs, as well as lovely traditional and modern teat sets and utensils. Peter Luong, the owner’s son, demonstrates how to steep, serve and enjoy tea according to the ancient Chinese tradition.
    831 Grant Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    +1 415 395 08 68
    redblossomtea.com
  • Ferry Building Marketplace

    For gourmets
    Gourmets’ pulses start to race when they enter the Ferry Building Marketplace. The best that San Francisco has to offer in culinary terms is available under the roof of this former ferry harbour: the Hog Island Oyster Bar, the modern Vietnamese restaurant Slanted Door, the Salumeria Boccalone or the Cowgirl Creamery’s Cheese Shop for example. You will also find all varieties of superfood like kale, acai berries or chia seeds. And - for cooking enthusiasts - nice kitchen equipment and recipe books.

    One Ferry Building
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    +1 415 983 80 00
    ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
  • De Young Museum

    Architectural highlight
    Right in the middle of the Golden Gate Park, the impressive De Young Museum building is nestled between green lawns and magnificent woods. This museum is home to ancient and modern art, as well as continually changing exhibitions. Entrance to the rooftop viewing platform is free and affords visitors a fabulous view of the entire city of San Francisco. The De Young Museum was redesigned by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and reopened in 2005.
    Golden Gate Park
    50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    deyoungmuseum.org
  • The Beat Museum

    Beat poets
    The museum documents the radical changes in art and society of 1968 that began on the West Coast of America in San Francisco and the Bay area in the 1950s. Beat poets such as Allan Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac settled here in their search for new life forms, becoming part of an exchange between art genres that resulted in a politically motivated counterculture.
    540 Broadway
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    +1 415 399 96 26
    thebeatmuseum.org
  • California Academy of Sciences

    Astounding
    The California Academy of Sciences is a scientific museum that was completely rebuilt in 2008, turning it into one of the largest, state-of-the-art natural science museums in the world. It's simply astounding from start to finish. The highlight of the Academy is the newly opened artificial rain forest, which is housed beneath a giant dome that forms part of the roof. The aquarium covers the whole basement and is home to a multitude of different marine animals. This museum awakens the inquisitive mind in adults and children alike!
    55 Music Concourse Drive
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    +1 415 379 8000
    calcademy.org
  • SFMOMA

    Mario Botta building
    The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA appeals not only with its 20,000 modern and contemporary international and American works of art and first-class exhibitions, but also for its impressive architecture. A laterally flattened cylinder protrudes from the middle of a rectangular plinth like the periscope of a submarine. Mario Botta’s first USA project (1995) is one of the most spectacular buildings in the city. And those who would like to take a little art home with them will definitely find something suitable in the Museum Store.
    151 Third Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    +1 415 357 40 00
    sfmoma.org