Philadelphia is a city in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States of America.
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Besides Boston and New York City, Philadelphia is one of the most interesting cities in the east of the USA. There is something to suit almost every taste, and history and museums are particularly popular.
Philadelphia, often referred to as the "birthplace of the United States," is the birthplace of America's modern democracy. Founded by William Penn in the late 17th century, the name of the town means "City of Brotherly Love". Since its foundation, freedom and independence have played a decisive role in the history of Philadelphia. Originally founded by the Quakers, the colony was an early supporter of religious freedom, which in that time is in stark contrast to England.
The city center of Philadelphia is located between the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. It is bordered on Vine Street to the north and South Street to the south. Almost all places of interest for tourists are within this rectangle. The outlying districts are mainly named after their celestial direction.
Philadelphia plays the crucial role in the US war of independence. This was the first Continental Congress. Here, the declaration of independence and the constitution of the United States were drafted, and Philadelphia was the capital of the country from 1790 to 1800.
The Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are the city's main attractions directly linked to this role of Philadelphia. The Independence Hall and the Freedom Bell are located in the so-called "National Historical Park" of Philadelphia, on the western edge of the Old Town, between Chestnut Street, Market Street, 5 and 6. street.
In the 19th century, Philadelphia became an important industrial city. People from all over the world moved here and the population multiplied, already in the 1850s it exceeded the 500,000 mark, and the millions in the 1890s. The groups of Irish and Italian immigrants were particularly significant. In 1911 the Philadelphia Crime Family ("Philly Mob") developed as a mafia family within the American Cosa Nostra. The word Yo, which is now considered to be typical of the American colloquial language, is said to have appeared for the first time in the 1940s in the slang of the Italian working class.
The population peaked in the 1950's at more than 2 million. After that, the population of the actual city of Philadelphia declined, because many inhabitants - especially the white middle class - moved to suburbs (suburbs). Instead, the inner-city districts - which were in part downhill - were increasingly concentrated in African-Americans and Puerto Ricans.
The 6.2 million people who call home the area around Philadelphia come from all corners of the world with every possible nationality. The influence of the most represented groups is reflected in Philadelphia's "Irish Pubs", the "Italian Market" and "Chinatown". The Reading Terminal Market, one of the best markets in the United States, is still home to a wide variety of vendors, from first-generation immigrants from Europe and Asia to Amish families based in Pennsylvania.
Despite the size of the city, there are very intact neighborhoods in Philadelphia where people know each other and are always ready to meet on the street. The atmosphere of the people among themselves is characterized by friendliness, which quickly gives visitors a feeling of home.
Numerous successful films are playing or were filmed in Philadelphia. These include the films of the Rocky series with Sylvester Stallone, the film Philadelphia from 1993 with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, and the films by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable - Unbreakable, Split). Boxer Rocky Balboa is one of the most famous (fictitious) inhabitants of Philadelphia. Some tourists mimic Rock's staircase and jubelpose in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art ("Rocky Stairs"). From the soundtrack of the film Philadelphia comes the song Streets of Philadelphia, with which Bruce Springsteen set a musical monument to the city.
Phillysound or Philadelphia Soul is a type of music created in the early 1970s, whose most famous representatives are Lou Rawls and Barry White. Popduo Hall & Oates from Philadelphia was also affected.
the 3 Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL) with 29.5 million passengers a year is one of the most busy airports in the American East. He is a hub for American Airlines and its regional subsidiary American Eagle. There are many connections available on the cheap line Frontier Airlines. There are direct connections from Central Europe from/to Frankfurt/Main (American or Lufthansa) and Munich (American). The most popular connections within the US are with Orlando, Atlanta and Chicago-O'Hare.
The arrivals and departures in Philadelphia are so fast that when the weather is bad - and this is not uncommon here in the summer - the entire flight schedule is easily collapsed. Many Americans who regularly stop at Philadelphia hate this airport because they often miss their connecting flight. But those who come from Europe and don't want to fly from Philadelphia can usually look forward to this. And there is no alternative.
From the airport you can take a regional train from the Airport Line to the city center. It takes half an hour to get to Jefferson Station.
Philadelphia has 2 Amtrak station ("30th Street Station"), after Penn Station in New York and the Washington Union Station, the third most used station in the USA. The following long-distance services pass through the road:
- Acela Express: the only high-speed train in the United States, runs every hour (Boston-New Haven-New York City-Philadelphia-Baltimore-Washington, DC) - The journey from Baltimore takes one hour, from NYC 1:10 hours, from Washington 1½ hours, from Boston 5 hours.
- Northeast Regional: same route as Acela Express, but a little slower and with more traffic switches (e.g. B. 1:25 hrs from New York City) and beyond Washington to Virginia; drives about an hour. - The journey from Richmond (Virginia) takes 4½-5 hours.
- Keystone Service: It takes about 1:45 hours to get to the capital of Pennsylvania (New York City-Philadelphia-Lancaster-Harrisburg).
- Pennsylvanian: once a day connection with the central and western Pennsylvania (New York—Philadelphia-Harrisburg-Pittsburgh) - The journey from Pittsburgh takes 7½ hours
- Vermonter: once a day connection with New England (Washington-Philadelphia-New York-Hartford-Montpelier-St. albans): The journey from Hartford takes 4½ hours and from Montpelier it takes almost 10 hours.
- Carolinian: Once a day connection with North Carolina (New York-Philadelphia-Washington-Richmond-Raleigh-Charlotte) - Charlotte takes over 12 hours.
- Palmetto/Silver Star/Silver Meteor: three times a day connection to the southern Atlantic coast (South Carolina and Georgia), twice a day night train from/to Florida (New York Philadelphia-Charleston-Savannah-Orlando-Miami) - The journey from Charleston takes over 12 hours, from Orlando 20, from Miami 25 hours.
- Crescent: once a day connection with the "Deep South" (New York-Philadelphia-Atlanta-Birmingham-New Orleans) - The journey from Atlanta takes 16 hours, from New Orleans 28 hours.
- Cardinal: Three times a week overnight service with West Virginia and the Midwest (New York-Washington-Charlottesville-Cincinnati-Indianapolis-Chicago): The journey from Charlottesville takes 5 hours, from Cincinnati 17 hours, from Chicago 25 hours.
The train station is also served by the New Jersey Transit Atlantic City Line (NJT) and serves as the central hub of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) regional trains.
Many bus companies, including Greyhound Lines and Peter Pan, connect Philly to New York and Washington, D.C. several times a day.
Greyhound buses stop at 3Greyhound Terminal on Filbert Street about half a kilometer east of City Hall. There you can take the regional trains at Jefferson station, which is 100 meters away, or the metro at 11 Street station, which is 200 meters away.
Bolt Bus and Megabus stop instead on 4Bus Stop on 3105-3125 John F. Kennedy Boulevard near 30th Street Station.
On the street
From Camden, New Jersey - the town is located directly opposite the eastern bank of the Delaware River - Philadelphia can be reached by ferry every hour (River Link Ferry).
Philadelphia has one of the most comprehensive and most used public transport systems in the United States. It is organized by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). It operates two metro or high-speed lines (the orange Broad Street Line and the blue Market-Frankford Line), the S-Bahn-like Route 100 to the northwest suburb of Norristown (the plan is), five tram lines (Trolleys), some traveling above and partly underground (green), two overland trams Train lines (101 and 102) to the south-west suburbs, three overhead line buses (Trolleybus) and 121 normal bus lines.
A trip by subway, tram, trolley bus or bus costs $2.50. It can be paid in cash (only suitable!) or you can buy a SEPTA Key Card, to which you can deposit a credit card, from which the fare is charged electronically (card costs $4.95 and includes the same amount as a start credit). Only with the Key Card you get the connection for 1 $ for transfer connections and do not have to pay the full fare again. A One Day Convenience Pass costs $9 and is valid for up to eight journeys per person in one day. A Weekly TransPass costs $25.50 and is valid for up to 56 journeys. With a senior key card, people aged 65 and over can travel on all local and regional trains within Pennsylvania for free.
An important change is 5 15th Street (or City Hall Station: both metro lines, all metro lines, several bus lines). Here you can also change from one line to the other free of charge. The same goes for 13th Street and 30th Street, where you can change free of charge between Market-Frankford Line and the tram.
Further away, there is a regional rail network (SEPTA Regional Rail) with 13 lines and a total of 450 km of tracks. The regional railways have their own tariffs, depending on how many of the four zones are traversed. The closest stop to the historic center is the 6 Jefferson Station . You can also take the blue line of the metro and take the bus to the city center.
SEPTA does not include the metro-like PATCO Speedline (red in the map) that connects Philadelphia to neighboring Camden (New Jersey) on the other side of the Delaware River. It is operated by Port Authority Transit Corporation, a joint venture of the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The PATCO Speedline and the two SEPTA subway lines can be accessed via the 7 8th & Market . It is also the closest PATCO station to the historical center.
On foot and by bicycle
Philadelphia is one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the United States. This is especially true for the central districts (Center City), with Avenue of the Arts and the neighborhoods around Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square and Logan Square.
Philadelphia is also one of the more bike-friendly cities in North America. If you want to explore the districts to the west of downtown, such as Fitler Square, Poworon Village, Spruce Hill or Cedar Park, the bicycle is the choice.
Independence National Historical Park
1 Independence National Historical Park, between Chestnut, Walnut, 2nd and 6th Street; Parking and library: 143 S 3rd St. A historical district where you can walk to some of the city's most important historical monuments.
- 2 Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut St (between 5th and 6th Street). The building where the American Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. See below for details.
- 3 Liberty Bell Center, 6th St, between Market St and Chestnut St. This is the freedom bell, the most famous American symbol of freedom and democracy.
- 4 Congress Hall, 6th St & Chestnut St. Philadelphia was the capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800. Parliament had its seat in this building at the time.
- 5 Second Bank of the United States, 420 Chestnut Street.
- 6 Carpenters' Hall, 320 Chestnut Street.
- 7 First Bank of the United States, 128 South 3rd Street.
- 8 President's House, 524-30 Market Street. Headquarters of the first two US presidents, George Washington and John Adams. Remains of
Built between 1732 and 1756 as the State House of Philadelphia, the Independence Hall is one of the best examples of the so-called "Georgian Style" and shows how the architecture of Philadelphia is directly oriented to England at this time. From 1776 to 1783 (except for the winter of 1777/78, when Philadelphia was under British occupation), the Independence Hall is the venue of the Second Congressional Congress. In 1775, George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in the building's "assembly room," and the US declaration of independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. In the same room, the new America agreed in 1777 on the appearance of its flag and drafted the country's constitution in 1787.
No visit to Philadelphia is complete without a tour through the Independence Hall. Entry is free. However, a "time ticket" is required, which is available for the same day from 8:30 a.m. in the Visitor Center of Philadelphia. The Visitor Center is just a few steps away from Market Street, between 5th and 6th Street.
When William Penn creates the Pennsylvania government, he promotes the participation of citizens in law-making. It also gives every citizen the right to choose their own religion. The colonists are proud of the freedom Penn gives them. In 1751, the speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered a new bell for the State House. He asks for the imprint of a Bible Verse on the bell: Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the (Proclaim Liberty throughout the country for all its inhabitants). As the official bell of the State House (now Independence Hall), Liberty Bell proposes many times for public pronouncements.
The whole story and the Liberty Bell itself can be visited today in the so-called Liberty Bell Center. It is located directly opposite the Independence Hall. Entry is free.
- 9 Christ Church, N. 2nd Street & Market Street. 1727-44 Episcopal church built in the Georgian style, considered one of the most beautiful preserved monuments of this early era. The famous community members include Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.
- 10 Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 412 Pine St. . One of the oldest churches in the city, built in 1768. During the revolutionary period, she was named "Church of the Patriots" because many members of the community were committed to independence, e.g. B. John Adams, the second president of the United States.
castles, palaces and palaces
- 11 City Hall (Philadelphia City Hall), 1 Penn Square. Monumental town hall in neo-baroque style, built in 1871-1901 according to a design by Thomas Ustick Walter. With its 167-meter-high tower, on whose top a statue by the founder of the city William Penn, it replaced the Ulmer Münster as the highest building in the world at that time. With almost 700 rooms, it is the largest U.S. municipal administration building and one of the largest in the world. Until the 1980's, the unwritten rule was that no building in the city should be higher than the apex of William Penn. So, in Philadelphia, skyscrapers started late.
- 12 Philadelphia Bourse. Former commodities exchange building. 1893-95 built in Beaux-Arts style according to a design by G. W. & W. D. Hewitt, it was one of the first steel skeletons ever. The façade is made of red carlisle sandstone, Pompeii bricks and terracotta tiles. The building was renovated in 2016 and houses offices and a food department on the ground floor.
- 13 Wanamaker's, Juniper/Market St. 12-story temple of goods, built in 1902 in Neo-Renaissance style. The Wanamaker's was a pioneer in the development of the modern department store, for example, price tags were used here for the first time. It is also famous for its elaborate Christmas decoration and lighting. On the ground floor there is a huge bronze artistic sculpture by the German sculptor August Gaul. locals say "meet me at the eagle" if they want to meet with Wanamaker's. The department store also has the largest fully playable organ in the world.
- 14 The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, 200 S. Broad Street. Monumental 19-story hotel building in neo-Renaissance style, built in 1904 according to a design by the architectural firm G.W. & W.D. Hewitt. Over the years, 15 US presidents, numerous monarchs and heads of state from around the world, movie stars, and famous writers have left. Today, only the upper 8 floors are used as a hotel; there are offices.
- 15 Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Steel suspension bridge over the Delaware River, completed in 1926. The bridge has a total length of 2,941 meters. Use by car is subject to a fee (in the direction of the West). You can cross the bridge for free on foot.
- 16 Benjamin Franklins Grab, (Christ Church Burial Ground, 5th St & Arch St. In the same cemetery there are the graves of four other signatories of the declaration of independence (e.g. a. Benjamin Rush) and other personalities from early US history, e.g. B. Astronomer Charles Mason.
- 17 Eastern State Penitentiary, 2124 Fairmount Avenue (at 22nd Street; Bus 7, 48: 22nd St & Fairmount Av). A significant historical penal institution, where Al Capone, among others, served. The establishment is now a museum. It is considered one of the most important sights in the city. And let's spit it over here. Opened: daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: Admission $ 12, children and seniors reduced.
- 18 National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St, Independence Mall. Opened in 2003, a modern museum with an exhibition on the history of the American Constitution. Many interactive exhibits. Opened: Mon-Fri 9.30-17.00, Sat 9.30-18.00, So 12-17.00 Price: entrance $ 12 (discount for children and seniors; special exhibitions).
- 19 Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St. The home of the famous American woman who sewn the first Stars and Stripes flag. A museum today.
- 20University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), 3260 South Street (on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania; Regional Rail: University City). Museum with an extensive collection of cultural-historical exhibits from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Mesoamia and China. Opened: Di-Sa 10-16.30, So 13-17. Price: entrance $ 10 (discount for children and seniors).
- 21 Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, 532 N 7th St. Residential house where the writer Edgar Allan Poe resided briefly. From several Poe residences in Philadelphia, it is the only one that has been preserved. By the way, Poe is buried in Baltimore.
- 22 Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. First class museum with exhibitions on the history of maritime navigation. The museum includes the USS Olympia, a cross that was in service for the US Navy during World War I from 1895 to 1922. Opened: daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: entrance $ 12 (children $ 7, seniors $ 10).
- 23 Franklin Court, 314-322 Market St. Museum with an exhibition about the life and inventions of Benjamin Franklin.
- 24 National Museum of American Jewish History, 55 N 5th St, Independenca Mall East. Museum with a variety of exhibitions on the history of Jews in the United States. Opened: Mon-Thu 10-17, Fri 10-15, Sun 12-17. Sa closed.
- 25 Powel House, 244 S 3rd St. Historic house built in Georgian style, with an opulently furnished interior.
- 26 Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, 15 S 7th St. local history museum. Closed since June 2018 with an uncertain future.
- 27 Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Bus 32 "Pennsylvania Av & 24th St" or Bus 38 "Art Museum Dr. & Kelly Dr"). One of the largest art museums in the United States. On the stairs in front of the museum, the boxer Rocky performed his famous jubilee performance in the movie of the same name. Opened: Di-So 10-17, Fri until 8 p.m. Price: entrance $ 16, discount for seniors and children.
- 28 Rodin Museum, Franklin Parkway & 22nd St. In the 1920s, the American cinema entrepreneur Jules Mastbaum acquired one of the most comprehensive collections of works by the French sculptor.
- 29 Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2008-2001 Delancey Place. The private collection of the brothers Rosenbach, housed in two historic residences, were important traders and collectors of rare books, manuscripts and works of art. Opened: Di-So from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: entrance $ 10 (discount for children and seniors).
- Science and technology
- 30 Mothers Museum, 19 S 22nd St. worth seeing medical history museum. Opened: daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price: Entry $14 (children and seniors $10).
- 31 Franklin Institute, 20th St & Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Large scientific museum with special exhibitions and Imax cinema. Opened: daily from 9:30 to 17:00. Price: entrance $ 14.75 (children $ 12, seniors $ 13.75).
- 32 Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic (Bus 38 "Concourse Dr. & E Rd"). Natural Science Museum for families with children. It's considered very entertaining. Opened: Mon-Sat 9-17 hours (in summer do until 8 p.m.), So 11-5 p.m. Price: admission $ 15 (no children discount).
streets and squares
- 33 Elfreth's Alley, 2nd St, between Race and Arch. The oldest preserved residential street of Philadelphia (1702).
- 34 Fairmount Park (Tram 15 or Bus 32). Huge city park (830 hectares - more than twice the size of New York Central Park or Munich's English Garden) on both sides of the Schuylkill River. In the area of the park there are some 17th, 18th and early 19th century villas such as Mount Pleasant, Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill as well as sculptures such as a statue by Daniel Chester French (the creator of the Lincoln statue), In Washington), a copy of the Florentine Medici lions or the modern steel plastic Iroquois by Mark di Suvero. Besides, there are numerous picnic, tennis, baseball and playgrounds as well as extensive paths for walking, jogging and cycling.
- 35 Philadelphia Zoo, Fairmount Park (Tram 15 "Girard Av & 34th St"). The oldest zoo in the United States. More than 1,300 animals on 170,000 m². Opened: daily from 9.30 am to 5 pm (in winter until 4 pm). Price: entrance $ 18 (children up to 11 years $ 15).
- 36 Rittenhouse Square. One of the five original parks built by the founder of the town William Penn at the end of the 17th century. It is considered one of the most beautiful public green areas in the USA and is the center of the most noble residential area of Philadelphia.
- 37 John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 86th Street & Lindbergh Boulevard (12 km southwest of the city center; Bus 37, 108 "84th St & Lindbergh Blvd"). The nearby nature reserve (swamp) with hiking trails and wonderful opportunities for animal observation. It is considered to be a first class tourist attraction.
- 38 Morris Arboretum, 100 U Northwestern Ave (23 km north-west of the city center; Bus L, 97 "Germantown Av & Hillcrest Av"). Opened: daily from 10 to 14, weekend to 5 p.m. Opening hours changed in spring and autumn. Price: entrance $ 14 (children $ 7, seniors $ 12.
- 39 SS United States (United States). The legendary oceanic giant - still the owner of the Blue Bond as the fastest steamer on the transatlantic route - has been out of service since 1996 and has been in the port of Philadelphia. Various plans to re-operate them as a passenger ship or to use them as a museum ship have all broken up for cost reasons, threatening scrapping in the near future.
- 1 Germantown (Colonial Germantown Historic District) along Germantown Avenue (approximately 11 km north of the city center; accessible by bus line 23). Settlement founded in 1683 by religious refugees (Mennonites and Quakers) from the Krefeld area. Germantown is considered the birthplace of the American anti-slavery movement, as a group of quakers wrote a petition in 1688 condemning slavery for religious reasons. In 1777, the American War of Independence was a battle. There are still some 18th century colonial buildings to be seen. These include the Germantown White House (5442 Germantown Ave), the Wyck House (6026 Germantown Ave) that began in 1690, and the Georgian-style Villa Cliveden of the lawyer Benjamin Chew (6401 Germantown town Ave).
- City Food Tours. series of guided tours with a culinary focus. Applies among the inexperienced as the top attraction of the city.
Philadelphia has teams in the four major professional sports leagues in the United States:
- Philadelphia Eagles. One of the oldest American football teams in the NFL (since 1933), four times league champion, winner of the Super Bowls (2017), archrival of the New York Giants.
- Philadelphia 76 ers ("Sixers"). Basketball team in the NBA, triple champion, but only once in the final since the 1980s.
- Philadelphia Phillies. baseball team in the MLB. The oldest of the city’s top teams has been in the National League since 1883. Two World Series titles.
- Philadelphia Flyers. Ice hockey team at NHL. In the 1970s, the Stanley Cup won twice.
The city's three largest sports centers are located in the Sports Complex in the south of Philadelphia. You can reach the hotel by metro from Broad Street Line (orange line). The station was originally called Pattison (and is still called colloquially), but the name rights at the station were sold and since 2018 it is called NRG.
- 1 Lincoln Financial Field. Football stadium with capacity for almost 70,000 spectators, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. Also used for large concerts by pop and rock stars (Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, etc.).
- 2 Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia Phillies' baseball stadium with over 43,000 seats. A visit to a game is an experience. In addition to baseball games, it is also available for large concerts (e.g. B. Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John).
- 3 Wells Fargo Center. Multi-purpose hall with about 20,000 spectators. It hosts Philadelphia 76 basketball matches, Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey games, Philadelphia Soul Arena football matches, WWE Wrestling matches, concerts and party meetings.
The 3 miles (4.6 km) long section of Broad Street between Cecil B. Moore Avenue in the north and Washington Avenue in the south — that is, on both sides of the town hall — is titled Avenue of the Arts. The theaters and other cultural facilities are all lined up here. The density of theaters is particularly high in the section south of the town hall. There are also many restaurants and bars to do something for your leisure before or after the theater.
- 4 Philadelphia Orchestra. One of the Big Five among American Symphony Orchestras, founded in 1900. Concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
- 5 Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street (BSL: walnut locust; Bus 4: Broad St & Spruce St). Cultural center with two rooms: In the large Verizon Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops (orchestral works by jazz, swing, blues and Broadway songs) will perform. In the smaller Perelman theater, the Philadelphia Dance Company (Phildanco), the Opera Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society perform.
- 6 Merriam Theater, 250 South Broad Street (BSL: walnut locust; PATCO: 12-13th & Locust). theater played since 1918; Performances by Broadway Touring troops.
- 7 Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street (BSL: walnut locust; Bus: Broad St & Locust St). The oldest opera house in the USA, open continuously since the opening in 1857. Playground of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Philadelphia.
- 8 Metropolitan Opera House (The Met, Met Philadelphia) (BSL: Girard; Tram 15: Girard Av & Broad St; Bus 4, 16: Broad St & Poplar St). Traditional opera house, opened in 1908. Today, concerts are not performed here.
- 9 Walnut Street Theater, 825 Walnut Street (corner of S 9th St, near Washington Square). Traditional theater in a classicist building dating from 1809.
- 1 Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch (SEPTA Regional Rail: Jefferson Station; Metro (MFL): 11th St or 13th St). street market where local products are sold. It is considered one of the most attractive shopping areas in the city. Opened: Mon-Sat 9-17.
Philadelphia's city specialty, and thus almost everywhere, is the Philly Cheesesteak, thin fried beef strips with onions and cheese in a cut white bread.
Philly Cheesesteak with chips
or a lot of cheese
- 1 Dalessandro's Steaks & Hoagies, 600 Wendover St, Philadelphia, PA 19128 (Manayunk/Wissai district hickon; Bus 32 "Henry Av & Wendover"). Tel: +1 215 482 5407. Opened: Mon - Sat 11.00 - 0.00, So 11.00 - 21.00.
- 2 City Tavern Restaurant, 138 South 2nd St at Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (east of the Independence National Historical Park; east of the Merchant Exchange Building, south of the United States Custom House). Tel: +1 215 413 1443. Opened: Mon - Do 11.30 - 21.00, Fri + Sat 11.30 - 22.00, Sun 11.30 - 20.00.
- 3Saad's Halal Restaurant, 4500 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139 (Spruce Hill District; Bus 21 "Walnut St & 45th St"). Tel: +1 215 222 7223. Opened: Mon - Do 11.00 - 21.00, Fri + Sat 11.00 - 22.00, So closed.
- 4 Pizza Fresca by Lamberti, 703 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (200 m west of Congress Hall, Independence Hall and Liberty Bell). Tel: +1 215-454-6300, e-mail: [email protected]. Opened: Mon - Do 10.30 - 21.00, Fri + Sat 10.30 - 22.00, So closed.
- 5 The Pizza Shack, 1500 W Porter St, Philadelphia, PA 19145 (Melrose district; Bus 2 "16th St & Porter S" or 4 "Broad St & Porter St"). Tel: +1 215 463 3455. Opened: Mon - Do 11.00 - 23.00, Fri + Sat 11.00 - 0.00, Sun 12.00 - 22.00.
- 6 Louie Louie, 3611 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (campus of the University of Pennsylvania, next to The Inn Pat enn, opposite the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; Bus 21 "Walnut St & 37th St"). Tel: +1 267-805-8585. Opened: Mon - Fri 11.30 - 22.00, Sat 10.00 - 22.00, Sun 10.00 - 21.00.
- 7 Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (district Society Hill, Head House Square; Bus 12 "Pine St & 2nd St"). Tel: +1 215 925 8880. Opened: Mon - 16.30 - 22.00, Fri + Sat 16.30 - 23.00, Sun 16.00 - 21.00
- 8 Koto Sushi, 719 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (near Washington Square; 350 m west of Congress Hall, Independence Hall and Liberty Bell). Tel: +1 267 239 2250. Opened: Mon - Do 11.00 - 22.00, Fri + Sat 11.00 - 23.00, Sun 0.00 - 22.00.
- 9 Barbuzzo, 110 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (300 m southwest of the City Hall ). Tel: +1 215 546 9300. Opened: Mon - Sat 12.00 - 15.00 + 17.00 - 0.00, Sun 17.00 - 0.00.
- 10 Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Bella Vista district); Bus 40, 47 "South St & 7th St"). Tel: +1 267 909 8814. German restaurant. Opened: daily from 11.30 to 0.00.
- 11 Vedge, 1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (PATCO "12/13th & Locust Street Station" or bus 12, 45 "Locust St & 12th St"). Tel: +1 215 320 7500. Veganes restaurant. Opened: So - 17.00 - 22.00 pm, Fri + Sat 17.00 - 23.00 pm.
- 12 Butcher and Singer, 1500 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (near Academy of Music/Avenue of the Arts; BSL "Walnut-Locust" or PATCO "15/16th & Locust Street" or bus 9, 12, 21, 42 "Walnut St & 15th St"). Tel: +1 215 732 444. steak house. Opened: Mon - Do 11.30 - 14.30 + 17.00 - 22.00, Fri 11.30 - 14.30 + 17.00 - 23.00, Sat 17.00 - 23.00, Sun 16.00 - 10 p.m.
- 13 Talula's Garden, 210 W Washington Square, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: +1 215 592 7787. Opened: Mon - Thu 17.00 - 22.00, Fri + Sat 17.00 - 23.00, Sun 10.00 - 14.00 + 17.00 - 22.00.
- 14 Bibou, 1009 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (corner Kimball St; Bella Vista district; Bus 47 "8th St & Carpenter St" or 64 "Washington Av & 8th St"). Tel: +1 215-965-8290. French restaurant. Opened: Mi - Sat 17.30 - 21.00, So - Di closed.
- 15 The Capital Grille, 1338-46 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (150 m south of the City Hall ). Tel: +1 215 545 9588. Opened: Mon - Fri 11.30 - 23.00, Sat 16.30 - 23.00, Sun 16.00 - 21.00.
- 1 Tierra Nightclub, 4535 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19140 (corner Raymond St; Hunting Park district; Bus 47 "5th St & Annsbury St"). Tel: +1 267-800-5623, e-mail: [email protected]. Opened: Fr + Sa 22.00 - 2.30.
- 2 Paddy's Old City Pub, 228 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (corner Bread St; proximity of Elfreth's Alley; Bus 57 "3rd St & Race St"). Tel: +1 215 627 3532. Opened: daily from 11:00 to 2:00.
- 3 Fergie's Pub, 1214 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Bus 23, 45 "12th St & Walnut St" or 9, 12, 21, 42 "Walnut St & 13th St" or 21, 38, 42 "Chestnut St & 12th St" or "Chestnut St & 13th St"). Tel: +1 215 928 8118. Opened: daily from 11:30 to 2:00.
- 4 Bridgewater's Pub, 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Tel: +1 215-387-4787. Opened: Mon - Sat 11.30 - 00.00, So 11.30 - 21.00.
- 1 AKA Rittenhouse Square, 135 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Tel: +1 215 825 7000. A medium-sized four-star hotel (78 rooms) on Rittenhouse Square, the city's most prestigious residential area.
- 2 The Bellevue Hotel, 200 South Broad St. (Metro (BSL): Walnut locust). Tel: +1 215 893 1234. Four-star Hyatt hotel. This 19-story, listed building dating from 1904 is one of the city's most traditional hotels. The town hall and several theaters and cultural facilities are only a few hundred meters away.
- 3 Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, 201 South Columbus Blvd. Tel: +1 215 928 1234. Four-star hotel on the banks of the Delaware River, close to the Independence Seaport Museum and the RiverLink ferry.
- 4 Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St, Philadelphia. Tel: +1 215 627 1200. Large four star hotel (581 rooms) in the city center, close to 13th Street underground and trolley station, 350 meters from the town hall.
- 5 The Windsor Suites, 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Tel: +1 215 981 5678. Three-star aparthotel (197 units) near Logan Square, Love Park and Suburban Station, 500 meters from the town hall. All suites (40-110 m²) have their own kitchen.
- 10 Clementon Park & Splash World (Clementon Amusement Park), Clementon, NJ (30 km southwest of Philadelphia). One of the oldest amusement parks in the USA still in operation. There is a water park attached.
- 40 Wharton State Forest, at Hammonton NJ (40 km southeast of Philadelphia). Almost 500 km² of unspoiled forest. Part of the conservation ecosystem pine barrens ("pine shoreline") along the Atlantic coast of New Jersey. However, nature is far more diverse than this term suggests; orchid species and flesh-eating plants are also present here. In the forest you can walk, canoe and camping.
- 41 Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square (50 km west). A very well maintained botanical garden with a history dating back to the 18th century.
- Wilmington (Delaware), 50 km southwest (20 minutes by train), largest city in Delaware, founded in 1638 by Swedish settlers, Swedish church of 1699, major art collection in the Delaware Art Museum. On the outskirts of the city is the Nemours Estate, a palace-like country house with a French baroque garden.
- Trenton (New Jersey), 50 km northeast (half an hour by train), capital of New Jersey with State House (parliament and government buildings of 1790)
- Princeton (New Jersey), 70 km northeast, home of one of the most prestigious universities in the USA with historical buildings, art museum, Albert Einstein house
- Reading (Pennsylvania), 95 km northwest, Pioneer City of Railways and the Brezeln stronghold
- Atlantic City (New Jersey), 100 km southeast, seaside resort on the Atlantic Ocean, known for its casinos and amusement parks
- Ephrata (Pennsylvania), 110 km north-west, center of the Amian settlement area
- Harrisburg (Pennsylvania), 170 km west (1:45 hours by train), capital of Pennsylvania, the capital of the state, the capital is modeled on St. Peter's basilica in Rome.
- New York City (150 km northeast) is accessible by Acela Express in 1:10 hours.
- Baltimore (160 km southwest) can be reached by Acela Express in an hour, Washington, D.C. (220 km southwest) in 1½ hours.