Since the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” at the latest, many people have heard of Seattle in Germany. The 630,000-inhabitant metropolis, which is often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is nicknamed “The Emerald City” (the emerald city) because the entire urban area is crisscrossed with parks and lots of trees like green jewels.
- Timedictionary: Offers a list of largest cities in Washington.
Probably the city’s most famous landmark is the Seattle Space Needle, which was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair. The 184-meter tower houses America’s first “revolving restaurant” and three viewing platforms. The Seattle Space Needle is located on the Seattle Center site, which has other attractions. Among them are e.g. For example, the EMP Museum, which is dedicated to music and modern pop culture, or the Key Arena, which is a popular venue. One of the busiest places in Seattle is the Pike Place Market. For more than 100 years, the historic district has traded goods that have been produced, harvested or caught in the region.
Other attractions include the Microsoft Campus, the downtown district with countless shopping streets, the Boeing factories and the Ballard Locks. Seattle is Washington’s cultural and economic hub and offers numerous places to visit.
Highlights in Seattle
- Seattle Space Needle
The Space Needle is the city’s most famous landmark.
- Pike Place Market
In the market halls you can buy fresh food directly from the producer, admire original craftsmanship and simply shop differently in a personal atmosphere. The Pike Place Market is one of the most popular sights in the city and a popular meeting place for locals and holidaymakers.
- Seattle Center
The Seattle Center is home to some of the city’s best attractions, from museums to gardens and theaters to KeyArena.
- Microsoft Visitor Center
Go on a journey of discovery in the world’s most successful software company and discover the technologies of yesterday, today and tomorrow!
- Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
Get to know the company that has influenced the cityscape of Seattle since its inception. During the tour of the Boeing factories, you may see the plane that will fly you around the world one day.
- Ballard Locks
The Ballard Locks are the ideal place to relax. See the salmon on the way to their traditional spawning grounds at the fish ladder or simply watch the many boats passing by on nice days.
Facts & Figures
Area: 369 km²
Height: 54 m
Tallest building: 285 m
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (CET -8 hours)
Boarding school Airport: International Airport Seattle / Tacoma
- Transporthint: Overview of Washington, including population, history, geography and major industries.
Festivals & events in Seattle
Seattle hosts numerous events, concerts, festivals and other events every year that you shouldn’t miss as a visitor. For you we have listed the most important and most beautiful events in 2017, which will enrich your vacation in Seattle.
Seattle, March 23-26: Taste Washington – Taste Washington. With this motto, representatives of 235 wineries, 65 restaurants and over 60 suppliers of other culinary refinements will be in Seattle for the 20th time this year. The aim is to present you the distinctive taste of this region. Four days full of wine tastings and tastings – no gourmet should miss this!
Upstream Music Fest + Summit
Seattle, May 11-13: Be there when Seattle celebrates the sound of the Northwest during the 3-day Upstream Music Fest + Summit. For over three days, more than 200 artists will be listening to the audience on more than 25 stages around Pioneer Square. About 75% of the artists come from the northwest of the USA / Canada because the festival wants to promote the development of a distinctive regional sound.
Ski to Sea
Bellingham, May 28: The Ski to Sea, which takes place annually around Bellingham, is one of the most spectacular races in the world: 8 team members fight in succession in 8 different disciplines from the steep slopes of the 3,300 m high Mt.Baker to the water of Bellingham Bay through one a total of 150 km of trails in Whatcom County. The various disciplines include: cross skiing, downhill skiing, running, cycling, canoeing, mountain biking and kayaking.
Seattle, June – August: Summer in Seattle – that means it’s Seafair time again! The non-profit festival has been part of Seattle’s summer ritual since 1950. Over 75 mostly maritime events take place over eight weeks during the Seafair. Highlights include: the kickoff event, a rock ‘n’ roll marathon, a triathlon, the Torchlight Parade, a hydroplane race and a demonstration of the “Blue Angels” aerobatic team.
Seattle, September 1st – 3rd: The Bumbershoot Music and Art Festival takes place every year on Labor Day Weekend in Seattle. Thousands of music fans and art lovers from all over the world gather for three days at the Seattle Center, the site of the 1962 World’s Fair, and listen to the numerous high-class bands in the shadow of the Space Needle and enjoy exciting exhibitions and presentations.