Big City Facts

This month we’ve been focusing on city breaks, and having already looked at the top city breaks to head to this year we decided to share with you some big city facts; some useful, others not so useful but hopefully you’ll find them interesting.

Barcelona is one of the worst places to drive in the world with an accident occurring every 19 seconds.

New York’s Central Park is one of the world’s largest urban parks at 843 acres.

-There is a law in Paris which means that buildings cannot exceed 6 stories, so that everyone can get some sun.

-The Coliseum in Rome can seat up to 50,000 people and is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Berlin was the first place in Europe to have traffic lights.

Stockholm has the nickname ‘Venice of the North’ due to its beautiful architecture and open water.

Istanbul is the only city in 2 continents; it is set over Asia and Europe.

Budapest was built over thermal springs which results in 70 million litres of thermal water rising to the surface daily. This has resulted in thermal spas all over the city.

Amsterdam has more bikes than people, there are approximately 1 million of them (bikes that is).

-The official symbol for Madrid is a bear eating berries from a tree. It’s supposed to symbolise Madrid’s growth and ownership and possession of wood, which is needed for constructing buildings.

-In order to ride a Gondolier in Venice you must have a licence. There are approximately 400 licensed Gondoliers in Venice today…but I can’t tell you how many unlicensed ones there are!

-Before 1992 Barcelona didn’t have any beaches – they were created for the Olympics and have stayed ever since then.

-At least 150 couples get married each day in Las Vegas…. though the amount of these marriages that survive is unknown!

Edinburgh plays host to the world’s best New Years Eve party, which has over 100,000 people in the streets celebrating.