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Many agencies in Philadelphia organize themed walking tours of the city. You can choose from, e.g., the food tours, the founding fathers tours, or explore street murals.
In the late 1960s, Isaiah Zagar moved in on South Street. He started decorating the surrounding buildings with colorful glass and ceramic mosaics. Today we can admire them at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.
For the most stunning view, climb up Philadelphia’s tallest observation deck. It is located on the 57th floor of the skyscraper at 1650 Market Street from where you’ll see all four corners of the world.
Even though the European roots of Philadelphia are noticeable at every turn, the city is bustling with diverse cultures. To meet them all together, go to the marketplace filled with delicacies from around the world.
Philadelphia was one of the first major American cities, settled by Europeans. It received its city charter in 1701. One of the American colonies’ first hospitals was built here, and the credit for it belongs to Benjamin Franklin. Philadelphia was the first capital of the United States.
By the middle of the 19th century, the city’s boundaries coincided with today’s Center City. It is here that you’ll find the most interesting buildings. The imperial-style City Hall is 167 meters high, has 20 elevators and features four clocks, each 8 meters in diameter. Nearby is the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence. If you're here at Christmas, spend some time in Macy's Center City. It may appear ordinary at first glance, but it’s home to the largest working pipe organs in the world and gives regular concerts.
Want to feel the thrill? Done! A bit north of Old City, there is the Eastern State Penitentiary – a former prison opened in 1829. Next to typical cells equipped with bunks and provisional tables, you can see the luxurious Al Capone’s cell and remains of the prison barbershop.
Kids will be delighted to explore the Please Touch Museum where they can take the wheel of a real bus, go shopping, build a house of bricks, bake bread, or discover the world of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
When walking around the old part of the city, don’t miss the Reading Terminal Market. Some of the stalls have been standing in the same places since the initial opening of the market in 1892. You simply must try the DiNic’s roast pork sandwich – the winner of the Travel Channel's “Best Sandwich in America.” Dutch Eating Place is known for their apple dumplings, while at Miller’s Twist you can order takeout pretzels which are hand-made by the Amish. If you’re a cheese lover, go to Fair Food Farmstand offering farm-fresh local products. We especially recommend the Birchrun Blue cheese.