People go to other cities not only to visit theaters or museums. They are attracted by interesting and picturesque streets, which determine the life of this place. This is the main city attraction attracting many guests. Below are some of the most famous streets and boulevards in the world.
Champs Elysées, Paris.
Among all the European capitals, Paris stands out for its elegance. The most famous place here is the Champs Elysees. This boulevard starts from the Place de la Concorde and goes to the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the famous Arc de Triomphe is established. The name of the boulevard is derived from the ancient Greek word Elusia. It means a place for heroes’ rest. At one time, the French kings built a road from the castle of the Tuileries and its garden to the Palace of Versailles. Since 1789 the street got its name. Today its length is 1915 meters, and its width is 71 meters. Champs Elysees are divided into two parts – a promenade, together with a park and a shop. The street is always full of people. It is here that Parisians come, celebrating the New Year or national holidays. La Rambla, Barcelona.
In the northeast of Spain, Catalonia is the state in the state. The capital of this region, Barcelona, is a very beautiful city. World glory brought him one of the best football teams in the world and the architectural work of Gaudi. Also guests of Barcelona simply have to walk along the famous street of La Rambla. This boulevard runs from Plaza Catalunya to a giant monument erected in honor of Christopher Columbus. La Rambla is also the busiest pedestrian street in the city. Here are full of shops, restaurants, flower trays, performers. Not surprisingly, there are more tourists on La Rambla than local residents. Guests of Barcelona say that it is here that the throbbing heart of Catalonia is beating. However, the street is famous not only for its unforgettable atmosphere. Here, for might and main, are the pickpockets, so tourists should be more careful. Also, the street is often called Las Ramblas, because in fact it is a combination of several streets with their own unique styles. Fifth Avenue, New York.
In the heart of Manhattan is Fifth Avenue. This street is considered one of the most famous shopping places in the world. It is no coincidence that its motto “buy up to a drop” is more like a diagnosis. Here, lovers of shopping will find many expensive exclusive boutiques. Their shops on Fifth Avenue are Lois Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Versace. Here you can get to the Apple Store, Bergdorf Men and Brooks Brothers. And the street passes from Washington Square to 143 Street. Perhaps the main attractions of the city are connected with Fifth Avenue. So, on the corner of the 34th street is the Empire State Building. On the street stands the Rockefeller Center, the City Public Library, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The site from 82nd to 105th Street was named Museum Mile. After all, there are the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of New York, the National Design Museum and others. A luxury site is located from 34th to 60th Street. So a walk along Fifth Avenue can take a lot of time and money.
Appia road (Via Appia), Rome.
This is not just a street, but also a monument. It is a model of ancient architecture. Have built Appian Way in 312 BC. At that time it was the most important of the public streets of the country. Its goal was to connect Rome and the city of Brindisi in the southeast of Italy. This street is quite unusual, because along it are quite a few tombs and villas of the Republic and the Empire. The fact is that the law of Rome forbade people to be buried in the city. So the tombs appeared next to the most important tracks. Appieva is famous for its columbariums (burial of urns with ashes), underground constructions, various sizes of tombs. Especially impressive is the tomb of Cecilia Medulla.During her lifetime she was the wife of one of the companions of Julius Caesar. It is believed that any guest of Rome must certainly see the road, which seems to go far into the past. And those who are interested in history and antiquity, Appia’s road can tell a lot.
Magnificent Mile, Chicago.
This street is considered the main attraction of the city. It is even said that this is an American analog of the Champs Elysees. On the street, in addition to the huge skyscrapers, there is a large number of expensive exclusive shops and a variety of museums. Next to five-star hotels are cozy pubs. Here you can buy a lot of goods from truly American companies – Nike, Apple, Disney. In general, all major brands are represented here. Boutiques are designed only for the rich, but for tourists. On the wide sidewalks is always full of people, it seems that the street is constantly bubbling with life. It is estimated that there are 460 shops, 275 restaurants and 51 hotels. A special pride of the street is the old water tower, built in 1869. She survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 and several attempts to demolish it in the twentieth century. It is believed that the Magnificent Mile perfectly demonstrates the true American lifestyle. Gran Vía (Gran Via), Madrid.
Even if unofficially, this street is considered to be the most important in the capital of Spain. And the construction of the famous avenue began in 1910 personally by King Alfonso XIII. In Madrid, in the middle of the XIX century, decided to connect the area of Spain with Calle de Alcalá. Construction work was delayed for 25 years, because it took 300 buildings to be demolished. Today, on the Gran Via street there are many large buildings that can tell a lot about the history of the country and Europe. So, here is the building of the company “Telefonica”, which at the beginning of the last century was considered the first skyscraper in Europe. Now Gran Via is constantly filled with tourists coming to see the heart of the city. There is also very intensive traffic. In the rush hour, it’s even risky to walk, because there are simply no pedestrian zones. However, the residents of Madrid themselves say that you need to spend time and have patience, then Gran Vía will love anyone.
Wall Street (Wall Street), New York.
They say that it is on such streets that history is written. Wall Street is just such a place – here is the historical center of the financial district and the New York Stock Exchange. And the name of the street is connected with the real wall. It was once erected here by the Dutch to mark the border of their settlements and secure them from the Indians. By the end of the 18th century speculators and traders gathered at the foot of the plane tree to conduct their illegal trade. This was the reason for the creation of the New York Stock Exchange in 1817. At the beginning of the 20th century, Wall Street was recognized as the financial capital of the world. Here, various large institutions working with money opened their branches. It was here that the Great Depression began in 1929, when the stock market collapsed. And the last economic crisis is from here. So today the story continues to be written on Wall Street. Lombard Street, San Francisco.
Between the streets of Hyde and Leavenport on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge there is a rather unusual street. It is the most sinuous in the world. The most famous site is near the top of the Russian Hill. It was so steep that the vehicles simply could not get there. The slope was 27%. So Lombard Street was rebuilt in the 1920s. Now part of the street contains 8 steep turns. You can move there only down, while the driver must be very clever to maneuver. The speed at the corners is limited to 8 km / h. Surprisingly, under the city hall there is even a special commission, which is trying to solve the transport problems of this street.
This street is the most famous shopping place in Frankfurt am Main. Most of it is pedestrian. On the one hand, the street is bounded by the Hauptvah square, and on the other by Constablewarkhe. The length of Zeil is 1.2 kilometers. Here there are a lot of boutiques and huge department stores, which will make shopping unforgettable. In addition, the metro line is right under Zeil. In 1992, the street opened Zeilgalerie, which became here the largest shopping center. It is distinguished by a unique interior in the form of a spiral. So the buyer can visit all 10 floors and never use an escalator or stairs. To make shopping truly in the German style, you should visit this street, where it amazes both the assortment and the European quality. And there was a street in the XII century, laying next to the city wall.
Vatsi Street (Váci Utca), Budapest.
Many tourists from Eastern Europe go to Budapest. It is inexpensive, but the service is truly European. Vatsi Street is the most popular in Budapest. After all, there are also many opportunities for shopping. It is on Vatsi that the Hungarians have been spending impressive sums for centuries. In addition, there are plenty of clubs where you can relax and watch an exciting striptease. Vatsi Street starts from Vereshmarti Square and goes to the Great Covered Market. The atmosphere on it is always cozy and hospitable. Hungarians themselves are benevolent, in addition, and the city’s architecture is quite interesting. Since 1703, Vatsi Street is the main city highway. And in the middle of the XIX century, newspapers described this place as the best place to show themselves and view others. A motley crowd was constantly walking around Vaci, the street was buzzing until late in the evening.
Abbey Road, London.
This street is in the north of London. So it would remain an ordinary metropolitan street of inconspicuous streets, if not for the Beatles group. After all, there was the studio “Abbey Road Studios”, where the famous four recorded the overwhelming majority of their songs. In April 1969, while recording the last collaboration, the Beatles were photographed on the cover, crossing the street. That album called “Abbey Road” became the best-selling album in the world. In 1969, the street was one of the busiest in the world. It was specially blocked for 10 minutes so that the photographer could take six pictures from the stairs. Today, tourists are constantly flocking to this street to make a similar shot. Such an abundance of people, constantly crossing the road in the same place, has caused constant traffic jams on the street. The Road of Gardens (Orchard Road), Singapore.
This street is the main shopping in Singapore. At the same time they like to visit not only locals, but also tourists. After all, this place is also considered the main attraction of the city. And the street in honor of orchards which are located round it is named so. Also on the Road of Gardens there are many night clubs, hotels, restaurants and cafes. It is on this street that the official residence of the president of the country is located.
Street Khao San, Bangkok.
Strictly speaking, it’s not even a street, but a small road. It is located a block from the Chao Phraya River in the capital of Thailand. The name of the street is translated as “ground rice”. This is reminiscent of the times when it was located here the main urban rice market. However, over the past 20 years, Khao San has become very popular in the tourist environment. Here you can rent a cheap apartment. It can be a hostel-hostel, and stylish quality three-star hotels. There was a place on the street and bars, restaurants, grocery stores and just grocery stores.
Path of Sorrow (Via Dolorosa), Jerusalem.
In the Old City of Jerusalem there is a street on which Jesus Christ himself made his last steps, carrying a heavy crucifix. This route has a length of only 250 meters. Throughout the centuries, the street has changed significantly. Archaeological research shows that the early Path of Sorrow on the western hill had much more realistic features.Nevertheless, pilgrims constantly go to Jerusalem and go the same way that the suffering Jesus once overcame.
Unter den Linden, Berlin.
Literally the name of this street is translated as “under the lindens”. The main and most famous boulevard of Berlin really lies under these trees. Even Henry Heine admired the majestic view of this street, studying in Berlin in 1821-1823. And the total length of the street is 1390 meters, the maximum width is the same – 60 meters. Limes appeared in this place not accidentally, the trees were planted here by the courtesan Friedrich Wilhelm in 1647. After all, on this road the monarch traveled from his palace to the hunting grounds in the Tiergarten. The alley was arranged in 6 nearby, it was 1000 lindens and so many nuts. In 1770, Frederick II decided that the ceremonial buildings would decorate the alley. For this, 44 old buildings were demolished, which were deemed ugly. And in their place appeared 33 luxurious mansions, which became the home of the wealthiest and most notable Berliners. Once the dusty road became an elegant street, which eventually became the adornment of the German capital.
Rua Augusta, Lisbon.
This picturesque street lies between the two most important squares of Lisbon. It is almost always crowded, but quiet only in the early morning. Pavement-paved pavement on the pedestrian part of Rua Augusta is given not only to passers-by, but also to street vendors, as well as to the tables of numerous cafes. Immediately there are strolling artists, fakes for well-known brands and, of course, souvenirs. It is on Rua Augusta you can taste the life of Lisbon. Only having begun to spin in the multiforme and international crowd, it is necessary to remember about safety – there are here also the pickpockets.
Oxford Street, London.
This street is one of the main ones in the Westminster area. It is considered the busiest in the city in terms of trade, because there are as many as 548 stores. It should be noted that many of them are quite fashionable, which determines the level of prices. And the street begins in Westminster, near the Marble Arch. Then it goes east towards Holborn. The length of Oxford Street is about 2.4 kilometers. At Christmas, it lights up with numerous festive lights, which traditionally ignite celebrities. And even on Oxford Street 25 years old went the famous protein man, Stanley Green. He appeared daily with a poster that called for eating less protein.
Zlata ulica (Zlata Ulicka), Prague.
Among the many unusual streets in Prague, this stands out particularly. After all, the houses here, although two-story, but made as if for dwarfs. The buildings are built into the arches of the former fortification wall. Zlata is one of the symbols of the city. And it is located in the Prague Castle. This unusual street appeared during the spontaneous building of the local territory. Originally it was called Zlatnitskaya street, or jewelry. Such a name appeared due to the chasers of gold, who lived and worked here. In 1597, Emperor Rudolph II ordered to give space under the arches of the Vladislav fortress wall to the 24th Streltsy, who guarded the gates and prisoners. Over time, the street turned completely into a handicraft, and lived here was one poor. Trusting tourists tell the legend that even the alchemists lived there, but this is not true. But thanks to such a beautiful fairy tale this place was nicknamed also by the street of the Alchemists. Up to the Second World War these houses gave shelter to people. In one of such buildings, at number 22, from 1916 to 1917, the writer Franz Kafka worked. Today the street has become a tourist Mecca. Small houses are converted into shops with souvenirs, as well as galleries and exhibitions.
The Strip, Las Vegas.
This street stretches for 7 kilometers in Clark County, Nevada, being part of Las Vegas Boulevard. It is on The Strip that the largest casinos and hotels of the city agglomeration of Las Vegas are located.It is interesting that Strip himself lies outside the city, administratively referring not even to him, but to his suburbs – Winchester and Paradise. Historically, in Las Vegas casinos were allowed to open only in the city center, on Fremont Street. This did not stop resourceful entrepreneurs, who began to open new institutions behind the administrative border of Las Vegas. The first swallow was El Rancho Vegas, which appeared in 1941 in the place where the Strip now lies. This casino lasted for 20 years. The Strip itself began to develop rapidly. In 1969 the era of huge entertainment complexes began, the start gave the International Hotel for 1512 rooms, now known as the Las Vegas Hilton. Today, on the famous American street, you can find many establishments, which are both a hotel and entertainment center, and a shopping center.
Grand Canal (Canal Grande), Venice.
In Venice, the streets occupied the channels. But in the strict sense, the Grand Canal is not a channel. After all, it was not artificially dug, like the others. Once there was a shallow channel between the islands of the lagoon. One of them got the name rivus altus in honor of the channel. The very phrase means “deep channel”. Over time, the Grand Canal has become the main transport city highway. And it passes through the whole city. A canal starts from the lagoon near the station, then winds up like an inverted “S” and connects with the canals of San Marco and La Giudecca near the customs building. The total length of this water street is 3800 meters, and the width varies from 30 to 70 meters. This is one of the few streets that has depth. Here it is about 5 meters. There are no embankments near the Grand Canal, the facades of houses that look here take their place. Such structures stand on piles, having at once two outputs – on water and on land. It is on the bank of the Grand Canal that the tallest buildings in the city stand. Not surprisingly, the inhabitants of Venice eventually began to call their main river, the “Canal Palace” street. After all, on the bank of the Grand Canal there are more than a hundred palaces.
Broadway, New York.
Among the many streets of New York there is no longer and broader. The length of Broadway is 25 kilometers. The street goes through all of Manhattan and the Bronx, and then north through small suburbs all the way to the city of Albany, the capital of New York State. Broadway is also one of the oldest streets in the city, which originates from the first settlement in these places called New Amsterdam. Broadway’s name literally means “a wide way” (from the Dutch Breed weg). This name was given to her by the Governor of the New Netherlands Peter Minhoit. When these lands in 1667 passed into the possession of England, the name was translated into English, so appeared Broadway. It should be noted that in the perpendicular layout of Manhattan Broadway does not fit, breaking the square-nest form. The famous street is constantly bending and walking across the island. Like many other streets of the city there is a one-way traffic here. Also Broadway is called an entrepreneurial street, as there are many businesses and offices here. This also includes the famous theater district, which is why the name of the street became synonymous with theatrical art in America. Broadway also hosts prestigious vernissages. Those exhibitions that could not be located on this street are scornfully called “off-Broadway”.