Russian Hill


Russian Hill is an affluent residential neighborhood in San Francisco, California and is one of the city's 44 hills as well as one of its original "Seven Hills". Russian Hill is north of Nob Hill, to the south of Fisherman's Wharf and to the west of the North Beach neighborhood. It take its name from the Gold Rush era when settlers discovered a Russian cemetery at the top of the hill.

A memorial has been placed by the Russian Government in a small park at the top of hill, which is dedicated to the original Russian cemetery. One of the most notable aspects of the neighbourhood is Lombard Street, which is a one way section of Russian Hill that has eight sharp turns making it the most crooked street in the world. The hill is extremely steep and therefore large portions of the streets are actually staircases.

Visitors to the top of the hill can get views of many San Francisco landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. A cable car line runs up the hill along Hyde Street, where there are many shops and restaurants. Visitors may also like to go to the San Francisco Art Institute or the Focus Gallery whilst in the neighborhood.

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