General: San Francisco is certainly one of the most fascinating cities. For many it is simply the most beautiful city in the world. The inhabitants of the Californian metropolis are known for their tolerance - San Francisco has the world's largest gay community and is the origin of the hippie movement. And with nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, it's no wonder Californians like to smile.
Facts & figures: approx. 825,000 inhabitants. San Francisco has a dual status as a consolidated city with county.
Nightlife: This multi-cultural city is known for its diverse theatre scene but also for its countless pubs and clubs that cater for all tastes and ages. The city also has an excellent restaurant landscape.
The classics: Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Transamerica Pyramid, Alcatraz, China Town.
Souvenirs: the classic: coins from one of the numerous coin souvenir machines.
Tourist traps: The crowded Pier 39, but also Fisherman's Wharf are only something for tourists who want to be among their own kind. In Chinatown you can also get rid of your money for overpriced products of dubious origin.