How hilly is Pittsburgh



The former steel city of Pittsburgh in the industrial region of the Appalachian Mountains in western Pennsylvania shines today with top marks for infrastructure, climate and recreation.

Pittsburgh grew to become the most important location for the steel industry in the 19th century. But in the past few decades the "Steel City“Transformed into a modern city with numerous attractions. The city is also nicknamed "City of Bridges". With 446 bridges, Pittsburgh has more river and road crossings than Venice.

Worth seeing:

  • The Carnegie (Art & culture complex with museums and concert hall)
  • Andy Warhol Museum (the Pop-Art artist is from Pittsburgh)
  • Matress Factory (Art installations in old mattress factory)
  • the magnificent train station Grand Concourse with bars, restaurants and shops
  • Pittsburgh Zoo with over 4,000 animals and a large aquarium with penguins, sharks and rays
  • Point State Park: The green recreation area is a national historical attraction. The location in the "Golden Triangle", where the rivers Allegheny and Monongahela flow together to form the Ohio River, was of strategic importance in the French-Indian War. Here are the remains of Fort Pitt and the Fort Pitt Museum.
  • The Rivers Casino Pittsburgh on the banks of the Ohio River is much more than an arcade. It offers upscale restaurants, a terrace bar, a night club, lounges, an outdoor amphitheater, as well as ornate gardens and a boat dock. The building fits in tastefully with the architecture on the promenade in the city of three rivers, but stands out with a glazed atrium. Panoramic views of the river and downtown Pittsburgh are guaranteed from the second floor.
  • A welcome holdover from the past are the historic cable cars of the Duquesne Incline. They transport visitors to higher-lying viewpoints. There you can enjoy the view, which according to USA Today is one of the ten most beautiful in the USA. Because the view is crystal clear.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

A botanical garden wins awards for green architecture

The botanical garden of the city of Pittsburgh, named after him, was created by the philanthropist Henry W. Phipps who wished to "build something that would prove to be a source of education as well as fun for people". The glass greenhouse consisting of nine exhibition rooms was opened in 1893. 125 years later, the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens are not only very popular with locals and tourists, but also known worldwide for environmental research projects.

New buildings on campus will follow strict sustainability criteria built - like that Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) from 2012, which is also the only building in the world that has received five of the certifications for “green” building (Living Building Challenge, LEED® Platinum, WELL Platinum, SITES Platinum and BREEAM Outstanding in Use).

At the end of 2020, the renowned "Governors Award for Environmental Excellence" from the Pennsylvania Ministry of Environment went to Phipps - for the complex of sustainable buildings, which, in addition to the CSL, also included the Nature Lab and the Exhibit staging center on the Phipps Campus. The CSL itself won the BREEAM Award in the commercial-in-use category in March 2021.

3 crossings

Living and working within walking distance of the colorful Downtown Cultural District, the shops and restaurants in the Strip District and of course close to the jogging and biking trails on the water? A prime example of how inner-city construction projects can be sustainable is the Pittsburgh project "3 crossings". The project was built on former truck parking spaces and includes an outdoor event center, retail and office space, and apartments.

It combines the historic neighborhood of the Strip District with the convenience of a revitalized riverfront and Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Trail. An innovation hotspot, 3 Crossings is home to many green tech companies such as Uber's research and development center, Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, and Astrobotics.

With the bike on the trail of the steel industry

Between Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. cyclists experience nature and history

540 kilometers, four countries and an unforgettable experience: the network of trails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. is divided into two easy-to-drive sections.

The first section is the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). It begins at Point State Park in central Pittsburgh, at the point where the Allegheny River and Monongahela River form the Ohio River, and after 150 miles it reaches Cumberland, Maryland. There the route connects to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C&O Canal Towpath), which leads through Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and finally after 300 kilometers in Washington D.C. ends.

Most of the CAP runs along the former route of the Western Maryland Railway as well as the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroadwho were once responsible for hauling coal to the thriving steel industry in western Pennsylvania. Contemporary witnesses of the railway's past can still be admired along the way, including bridges and tunnels as well as old train stations, including in Frostburg and Connellsville. The C&O Canal Towpath follows the Potomac River, which formed a strategic border between the Northern and Southern states during the American Civil War.

Different organizers offer accompanied and unaccompanied bike tours including accommodation, meals and bicycles. They also arrange transportation back to Pittsburgh. The following providers vary in terms of route length and duration: Wilderness Voyageurs, Get Out & Go and Bike the GAP.

Anyone who worked out a Tour on your own want to experience can contact Golden Triangle Bike or Mountainside Bike Tours. Planning without an organizer is also possible. There are numerous guest houses, hotels, campsites and restaurants along the GAP and the C&O Canal Towpath.


Some recommendations that should be on the menu when visiting Pittsburgh.

Richard DeShantz

Excellent local hero
If you want to get a taste of Pittsburgh, you cannot ignore this name: Richard DeShantz, chef and owner of several restaurants in the city of three rivers. in the Meat & Potatoes, chosen by the culinary magazine Food & Wine as the best gastropub in the USA, seasonal ingredients are on the table, while it has already been nominated twice for the James Beard Award Butcher and the Rye puts the rustic American fare in the foreground. The takō again is inspired by a street kitchen in the Mexican style. With the Pork and beans opened its fourth restaurant in 2016 - Texan meat is on the menu here.

Smallman Galley

Welcome on board
Two lieutenant captains in the US Navy, one idea: Based on the experience that the galley has a community-building effect and following their passion for market halls, Ben Mantica and Tyler Benson founded the 557 square meter Smallman Galley in the Strip District, the heart of the food scene in western Pennsylvania .

The name Smallman stands for locality, because the incubator offers talented people from Pittsburgh ideal conditions to start their own business. For 18 months, four selected chefs get their own kitchen rent-free, weekly training courses, create menus and cook together for up to 200 guests. The aim of Schützenhilfe is for the chefs to open their own restaurant and enrich the local gastronomy scene with innovative restaurant concepts.

Casellula Wine & Cheese Cafe

Is it all cheese? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that!
An example of tolerance and hospitality: Since 2004, the City of Asylum has provided internationally persecuted writers with accommodation and public spaces in which they can let their thoughts run free. In 2016 the organization got a new home with the City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. Offices, a bookstore and the Casellula Wine & Cheese Cafe come together under one roof. The operator Brian Keyser is no stranger to connoisseurs, and in 2007 he opened his restaurant of the same name in New York. In addition to the diverse selection of cheeses, it is particularly noteworthy that the restaurant does not accept tips and thus follows a new movement in the American restaurant scene.


Trendy dessert
London, New York, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh has been one of the ten trendy Ace Hotels locations since 2015. The Ace Hotel is housed in a former YMCA building in the East Liberty district, also known as Feast Liberty, and has two bars and the Whitfield, a tavern for around 95 people, which is dedicated to regional traditions. The desserts by pastry chef Casey Renee are particularly popular here.

Bar Symon

Check-in at the TV chef
Where could a TV chef get off to a better start than at an airport? Symon in his bar at Pittsburgh International Airport Michael Symon Travelers in an American-style craft beer bar. The menu features his award-winning Fat Dough Burger consisting of coleslaw, pastrami, Stadium Mustard and Swiss cheese. Screens keep guests informed about flights.


In Pittsburgh, numerous malls and traditional toy shops await those looking for gifts. The special thing about it: In Pennsylvania, shopping enthusiasts do not pay any taxes on clothing and shoes.

Last minute shopping just before departure

If you want to shop in the last hours of your stay in Pittsburgh, you have the opportunity to benefit from the tax-free goods. The Mall at Robinson is near Pittsburgh International Airport. Bargain hunters stop here at Abercrombie & Fitch or Macy’s. Shops like Lacoste, Hugo Boss or Armani Jeans with relatively inexpensive designer clothing beckon at the airport.

Gift ideas from yo-yo to fidget spinners

For the little ones who stayed at home, Pittsburgh shoppers will find S.W. Randall Toyes And Giftes the right gifts. In the heart of downtown, visitors come to the largest and oldest toy store in town on your costs. Porcelain dolls from well-known brands such as Madame Alexander and board games from “Mensch ärgere dich nicht” to “Monopoly” have been lined up on the shelves since 1970.

At S.W. For Randall there is no such thing as “too old” or “too fancy”. Because here those looking for gifts will find the yo-yo right next to the fidget spinner. Just a few meters away, Pikachu and Batman are in a duel for the most popular toy hero. This range even makes adults rave and takes them back to their own childhood when they were still looking forward to the parcel under the Christmas tree.

How good universities and crooked roads ensure technological progress

The Universities in the region are a major force in commercializing new technology and creating startup companies. Pittsburgh universities also play a role in attracting global technology companies, with the Robotics Institute being the Carnegie Mellon University is at the forefront of the artificial intelligence movement and its research breakthroughs.

Information technologies and robotics are the most active sectors and have created many jobs in Pittsburgh. Companies with research and development (R&D) facilities in the region include: Apple, AutoDesk, Bosch, Disney, Facebook, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Uber.

And why are self-driving cars being tested in Pittsburgh first? The hilly topography the city, repeatedly interrupted by the three rivers, creates - in contrast to most other US cities - countless crooked streets as well as unusual inclines and bends, which the engineers prepare for every conceivable road layout.


Many of the former industrial areas in Pittsburgh have been transformed into green belts and parks since the 1990s, and new uses for buildings are often also a financial challenge. But instead of demolition it is often said in Pittsburgh "Urban Renewal“, This is especially true for the hotel scene.

  • So the imposing opened Renaissance Hotel in a former company headquarters from 1906.
  • in the Drury Hotel Guests sleep in the rooms of the former Federal Reserve Bank and admire the thick steel vault doors that now adorn the meeting area in the basement.
  • That is hip ACE Hotel in the East Liberty neighborhood was once the city's most popular YMCA.
  • Today's Hotel Monaco in Downtown served from 1908 first as a power station and later as a law firm.